John led 15 walkers out of the Sharpham Vineyard car park at Ashprington, all kitted out for a rainy day but due to a later start than expected, we missed the downpour and enjoyed a pleasant day, often in sunshine.
Down to Bow Bridge and up past the The Watermans Arms, then on to Lower Washbourne, we took coffee in the woods at Coomery. On then to Lower Venice and Capton Mill.
John did the honours, as befitting his given handle John Le Gate, opening and closing gates and navigating the walker’s safe passage through electric fences.
After lunch there was a long pull up to Barbery Farm, with its free-range chickens, then along the Dart Valley Trail to Cornworthy and a right turn through a farm with 2 very vocal young bullocks and down to Bow Creek.
There was much fun and hilarity on the swing at Bow Creek. As back marker I often caught up with the group, laughing and teasing each other, even likening one of them to a Smurf!
Eventually, the final push through Tuckenhay and up the steep hill back to the carpark, where Mandy showed Torbay Rambling Club merchandise for sale, long sleeved Wickaway tops and warm wooly hats.
11 miles completed and no losses. A good group to lead.