Monday 17 October, 11am, saw the massed ranks gathering at Fingle Bridge for the walk, well, 7 of us including partners, some having taken a rather torturous route to get there. There were Pratleys (2), Huntons (2), Todd/Forrest (2) and Burcher (1), the latter unfortunately not being able to stay for lunch.
Numbers would have been greater, but several members initially coming found (quite valid) excuses not to come.
During the previous days we had been watching the weather forecast with trepidation as drizzle was anticipated, but the day itself dawned sunny and couldn’t be better for the walk. From the bridge we walked downstream on a path parallel to the river through woods owned jointly by the National Trust and the Woodland Trust, enjoying the scenery and good conversation, and identifying the different boxes attached to trees - dormice, birds, and bats.
The target distance was 5 miles, and thanks to GPS, when we had walked precisely 2.5 miles we turned round to walk back, with a little diversion to admire Ullerton Weir, where there was a wild swimming opportunity which no-one took advantage of.
So, we get back to the bridge having done the exact 5 miles we set out to do, at just the right time to enjoy lunch in the Fingle Bridge Inn, perfectly situated by the river.
So an enjoyable time was had by all (so they told me), and we raised some £1000 for Aquabox, so a satisfactory day’s work. And thank you to the members who supported us so generously.
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