Sunday 4 February 2018 – Mandy’s Muddy Musgrave Walk.

We met at Totnes on a cold morning, arriving there by Gold Bus, and then set off to walk back to Torquay along the John Musgrave Trail. This was  led by Mandy, who was deputising for Hilary. Before we began  we remembered our dear friend, John Evans, as this was a favourite walk of his, and the date was very close to his birthday. There were 22 of us and we dutifully followed the section of the Trail from Totnes to Cockington. Our first stop was for coffee in the lanes after the climb up from Totnes. On this bright morning the view across to Dartmoor was spectacular. It is a good path from here via Gatcombe Mill to Berry Pomeroy where we stopped for lunch, and met an off duty rambler, on duty for South Devon, checking the Trail’s signage. Marldon was our next objective, but before we got there we had to go through a field which was spectacularly muddy. On a scale of 1-5, it was a 5 Wellington boot field, with mud in the glorious category. Most of it was still on our boots as we tramped on, until we were able to wash it off in the idyllic village stream near the cricket pitch. It was a straightforward trek then to Cockington where we stopped for tea, and several walkers made for home. The weather had turned balmy  and we sat outside in Mediterranean style, like lotus eaters.  Also there were no seats left in the cosy café. The remains of the group walked down to the sea wall and the bus home. Thank you Mandy for a great walk of 11 miles.