16/17 March - HSC at Wembury
Seven members of the HSC spent the weekend with John and Josephine at Wembury on the Devon coast to the south east of Plymouth. On the Saturday we did a walk from Looe in Cornwall to Polperro returning along the coast path. This walk started following the western branch of the estuary from just above the road bridge at Looe, then climbing through woodland to the Trelawne Manor holiday park and found that although most of the holiday caravans seemed to be deserted the restaurant/bar was open and so we could not resist stopping for morning coffee. From there we descended along narrow lanes into Polperro for lunch in the first pub we came accross. Polperro was once a small fishing port, particularly known for pilchards (and smuggling); these days it is a picturesqe tourist destination. As we left Polperro the weather was detriorating with rain and a strong westerly wind which was at least from behind us as we made our way back to Looe along the spectacular coast path.
Just leaving the picturesque coastal village of Polperro
On Sunday we had some sunney weather and chose a shorter and less hilly walk in the Plym valley, only a few miles from Wembury. This walk included a visit to the Saltram Park, a National Trust property very popular with walkers (and dogs) who seek an easy walk close to the city of Plymouth.
1st January - New Year Day
Mark S. Reports:
A select group (Geof,Frank and two Marks) walked from Geof's house to the Red Lion at Water End on the River Gade. Pleasant walking, very little mud and occasional sunshine.
We passed Noake Mill which used to be a water mill and also, apparently, a Youth Hostel.
Back to Berkhamstead for Tea and Crumpets - thanks Geof.
Meanwhile, over in Devon, John and Josephine had a day out in their rowing boat. They launched it at Cargreen Yacht Club and rowed up the River Tamar to the National Trust property at Cotehele, then back to Cargreen by about dusk. Lunch in the quayside cafe then we walked up the hill to the main Cotehele house to look at a small exhibition about the local participation in the WW1 and also the flower garland which appears each year at Christmas in the main hall at Cothele. Its made from flowers grown on the estate.
The flower garland at Cothele house