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Channel to Channel Part 1

Sunday 13th - Thursday 24th May 2018

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13th May – 24th May 2018

Our first challenge was to make sure we all arrived safely at the California Cross Camp site. Gordon had warned us that the final part of the journey was along a single-track road which was very busy. This proved to be the case never the less we all managed. After settling in we were treated to a selection of delicious cakes and a cup of tea and the day was complete by a welcome meal at the California Cross Inn, about than a quarter of mile from the site.

The next day under blue skies, saw the start of three days of walking commencing at Wembury, finishing with Drewsteighton on Dartmoor. We were issued with Passport a new venture this year. This was to be stamped at various points on our journey.

We also had to find a stone on the beach at Wembury that was suitable for the painting competition. This competition was to be judged by the wardens at Teign Valley Campsite, at our next site, and was won by Sue Parry Evans. Some people also collected a stone to be thrown into the Bristol Channel at the end of Part 2, our journey scheduled for 2019. The three days of walking through valleys, along rivers, over hills and across moors were of various lengths with some wonderful scenery and the smells and sights of Spring. A Fish and Chip supper and happy hours took place in the evenings. After the third day of walking we were given a rest and a chance to explore the area so everyone went off in different directions. Friday was our last day of walking from this site and was the longest across a section of Dartmoor.

Saturday was moving day and also the Royal Wedding Day. People chose to watch the event in various places some on a layby and the highlights in the evening. When we had all settled in at our Teign Valley Campsite we had a barbeque with strawberries and cream and a toast to the happy couple.

Then followed another four days of walking to complete our journey over Dartmoor. These were of various lengths with wonderful weather and scenery. Day seven of walking proved to be the most challenging and the longest. One highlight on this part of the journey was the cream tea at Widdecombe. Scones to die for and a discussion of which went on first in Devon jam or cream. A very competitive boules competition took place over two evening and was won by the team of Jo Sanderson and Mike Parry Evans. We had other puzzles and quizzes to complete including a word search, a London Underground quiz and a picture quiz of old wives tales over the and 11days. These were won by different people so there were very few spare moments.

All too soon it was time for our excellent farewell meal at the Uncle Tom Cobley Inn.

Dartmoor in Spring was really wonderful with the bluebells, Buttercups and many other flowers. We were also extremely lucky with the weather it was wall to wall blue skies except for one day.

Our enormous thanks go to our leaders Gordon, Christine and Bob for organising and running such a wonderful rally. Everyone knows what hard work and time goes into the organisation of such an event.

We look forward to meeting up next year to complete or journey and maybe paddle in the Bristol Channel.

Rosemary and John Harrington-Lynn