A good crowd of 19 in total enjoyed a lovely weekend in the idyllic and peaceful seaside village of Hope Cove in an area of outstanding beauty in South Devon. After arriving at lunchtime on day one a local walk from the village got everyone in the mood for tackling those famous Devon hills that always seem to go up but rarely come down.
The walk on day two presented us with one or two challenges, the first being a sea of moo poo to be traversed. Most slipped, slid or trudged their way safely across but one poor soul lost a shoe and then put his unshod foot down to steady himself. After spending some time wading through a stream to clean our boots we were soon on our way again and admiring the stunning views that south Devon has to offer followed by a lunch stop on Burgh Island, made famous by Agatha Christie. Those who decided to do the longer walk on offer definitely drew the short straw that day and after an apparently grueling 13 miles the last of them came in shortly after seven in the evening. Very well done for those staying the course and well done to the Hotel for delaying the evening meal.
Day three was less challenging but equally as stunning. The recent mild weather had brought out a magnificent show of flora and fauna including a surprisingly early show of a few rhododendrons, azaleas and camellias. Taking in a lost village and a lighthouse the mainly coastal path walk had plenty wonderful views on offer. The day ended with drinks in the evening to celebrate a lovely weekend.
Written by Di Story and John Bassett