Sunday 24th February 2013 Middling Ride
Report by Rob Swayne
Despite a lot of people being on Geoffs French trip, 12 people braved the cold easterly wind to join Pete Lewis on a meander through the Devon lanes to Morrisons in Totnes, and 7 of those made it to Dittisham. There had been a split in the ranks, just before Cornworthy, some choosing a climb, and some a relatively flatter route, the climbers tackling an even steeper climb than they at first intended, the flat routers stopping at the cross roads before the climbers expected, thus all were reunited to enjoy the view down to the river Dart. It's a very pretty run down into Ditttisham, and very nice there beside the river on a sunny day, but no one wanted to tarry this winter day, so, sandwiches eaten, Mike showed us a path between the houses which eased the climb a little. We had gone up, so, next we went down, to Old Mill, the climb the other side, a walk for some of us, made sure every one was now warm. On reaching Dartmouth there was one more important decision to be made, where should we have afternoon tea? The cafe at Dartmouth Castle proved to be an excellent choice, not every one had apple pie, someone had treacle tart! Fortified, all that remained was to take the Ferry to Kingswear, and our respective roads to home.