On Saturday, 1st August a small number of dancers from the Saltash Club in Cornwall got together for their annual Summer walk. A different location is decided on each year but, with this being no ordinary year, the committee made the decision to keep it local and make the start point at my (Rachel’s) house. This thereby alleviated a potentially lengthy drive before and after the walk where there may have been the possibility of no public conveniences being open. All facilities were open at ours I hasten to add.
Twice beforehand Pat and I reccéd the route to assess possible hazards and to deem its suitability for all. Our main concern was wet weather making the wooded areas dangerous to negotiate as these are steep in places and with exposed roots. Our concerns were fortunately unfounded as a dry, warm day following a dry spell with minimal rain meant the planned route was safe.
After convening at 2.30 on the 1st we walked for roughly thirty seconds before entering fields that took us through to the pretty hamlet of Burraton Coombe. A couple more corners and we were in the beautiful creek side hamlet of Forder. After a short walk alongside the creek the path took us through woods and into the lovely area known as Churchtown Farm which is very popular with dog walkers. This reserve covers 61 hectares and is now owned by the Cornwall Wildlife Trust, having initially been under ownership of Carew Pole of Antony House and donated so that the residents of Saltash could have the freedom of this land. (For anyone interested Churchtown Farm has an entry in Wikipedia). After rambling through woods and various fields, stopping for photos and soaking up the views over the River Lynher, we made our way back via lanes, short section of road and fields back to my house where we socially distanced along the front garden walls to enjoy a traditional homemade cream tea – jam first!
It was such a thrill to get together with other dancing friends after several months of enforced separation, a great afternoon was had by all.