Epsom and Ewell Group

2010 Plymouth

Leslie sends us this report of the Group's holiday in Plymouth in July 2010:

"Fifteen of us arrived in Plymouth in glorious evening sunshine and settled in at the University accommodation in three separate flats which were very comfortable, six individual rooms each, all en-suite, with a well established kitchen/dining room where we could hold meetings or have a lazy evening. We walked to The Plymouth Hoe for a lovely view of the sea and across the River Tamar estuary to Cornwall. We followed round the coast to The Barbican area where there were many restaurants for us to choose from for our evening meals. Back in our flats we soon realised that there were foreign students staying in some of the University buildings who were rather talkative as they got back at midnight or one in the morning. But we did not see them at our excellent breakfasts.

Bob Perkins had selected some lovely and varied walks and it was sad that, in the end, he and Daphne were not able to join us.

After a morning finding our way round Plymouth, our afternoon walk was in a lovely wooded area up the River Plym. We had a glorious walk along the cliff-tops near Noss Mayo (near Newton Ferrers) and after lunch set off to visit Saltram House (NT).

Dartmoor2010Instructions had been issued on how to get there but many of us wanted to practice using SatNavs. I followed my written instructions and at every corner the SatNav told me "turn right", which I ignored. It even told me to "turn right" when we reached the lane leading to Saltram House. As we arrived at the House the cheeky thing told us "you have arrived at your destination"!! While we waited for other cars to arrive I had a telephone call from Rose. There was a lot of laughter in her car when I asked where they were. The SatNav had told them "you have arrived at your destination" but they were in Sainsbury's car park!!

The following day we took a steam train up the Tamar valley to Calstock for a walk (curtailed when it started raining) and we walked on a further mile to Cotehele House (NT). We were rather wet when we got there so enjoyed a lunch in their restaurant, visited the house (despite wet boots) and had a good tea before walking a mile in the rain back to the station. Luckily the rest of the week's weather was lovely.

After a day off, on the Thursday we crossed the Tamar estuary in the ferry to Cremyll in Cornwall and through the grounds of Mount Edgcumbe to follow the coastal path to the very lovely village of Kingsand where we had a lunch stop before walking back to Mount Edgcumbe House for a visit and tea.

On our last day we drove to Princetown where we visited the recently refurbished Visitors' Centre which gave us a lot of information about Dartmoor and the Prison. We did a nice walk on the Moor before going on to Buckland Abbey (NT) for a light lunch and visit to the house once owned by Sir Walter Raleigh.

That evening we all met together at The Treasury Restaurant in Plymouth for a final celebration dinner. Everyone agreed we had had a very good week."

The photo shows the group on Dartmoor (Photo: Leslie Simpson)

Sunday, April 22, 2018