BIDEFORD MAY 2017
Another successful holiday was enjoyed by our Rambling Club taking place between 22 - 26 May. We arrived at the Durrant House Hotel during the afternoon of 22nd May. They always give us a warm welcome. This holiday is not our main walking holiday but an spin off for those who wish to just walk in the mornings and enjoy the area in the afternoon. It was great to enjoy evening entertainment and dancing together.
Tuesday 23 May Walk from the hotel along the river Torridge
The weather was fair, dry, but cloudy. Ivan and Brian led this walk which started from the hotel. We walked down the lane and through a narrow pathway towards the riverbank of the Torridge. We took the elevated footpath which wound its way along the riverbank heading away from Bideford. The tide being out revealed some interesting old shipwrecks. We also passed by a large houseboat cleverly made from an old barge. Our route took us inland over some lush green farmland, taking a circular route which ended back at the riverbank where we first commenced our walk. Some went back to the hotel, whilst others followed Brian into Bideford for some lunch.
Wednesday 24 May - SW Coastal Path, Westward Ho
The weather was dry and warm, but very misty along the coastal path at first. Jan led this walk. We parked at the Burrows Nature Reserve in Westward Ho and walked along the seafront. We passed the old derelict house which we have nicknamed "The Bates Motel". The path took an elevated position taking in part of the South West Coastal Pathway. At our stopping point we had a break to take in the lovely coastal views. Some walked on a little further. Others came back into Westward Ho for a coffee break/lunch. Some spent the afternoon indulging in a high tea in Appledore. What west country holiday would be complete without a cream tea. The sun came out in the afternoon making a thoroughly pleasant day.
Thursday 25 May - Harland Abbey
The weather was absolutely beautiful, sunny and warm. We drove to Hartland Abbey. Before the walk commenced, we observed the 1 min silence in memory of those who lost their lives in the dreadful London terrorist attack on Monday. Lorraine and Jan led this walk. We took the footpath winding its way in an elevated position down the valley of Hartland Abbey to the sea. At the end of the trail, nestled in this beautiful valley, overlooking the sea was a lovely little cottage which was used as a film set for Sense and Sensibility and a few other historical dramas. The cottage has no power and no telephone or internet, a perfect hideaway. This cove was such a awsome setting with the dramatic strata of the rocks against the crashing of the sea. We took a rest here to take in the beauty before heading back up the trail back to the Abbey. Everyone had lunch there and enjoyed the afternoon wandering round the lovely gardens and a tour round the Abbey.
On our last evening we all took to the dance floor and enjoyed the disco hits of the 60s 70s and 80s