A sunny Bank Holiday Monday , wonder of wonders. Having convinced ourselves that Striding Edge would be like the M25 at rush hour, we zipped up the Newlands Valley to Buttermere and walk the spectacular ridge incorporating High Crag, High Stile & Red Pike. The guidebook said 5.5 miles; I think not! Eight to ten would be more like it. The descent off Red Pike was a bit slithery but what views!
After a disrupted journey we were able to relax on Sunday with church followed by a walk along the lake. Later that day after cycling back to the caravan I took the opportunity whilst Lynn was resting, to take a run up Blecathra via Sharp Edge, which was great fun but a long run!
This week Lynn & I are looking after Pitt Farm for our friends Pete & Sue who are on holiday. Duties consist of feeding pigs, goats and hens; servicing the swimming pool; and looking after guests on the holiday cottages. Great fun.
Lovely walk today on Dartmoor with Andy Conley & Chris Bishop. We parked at Princetown and walked to Hart Tor, up the aqueduct and along Devonport Leat right around to the Leat tunnel, then on the Nun's. cross and back to Princetown via South Hesary Tor.
I retired from the Royal Marines Band Service in 2007 having served for 33 years as a musician, eventually becoming a Director of Music and running my own band. After retirement, I took my family sailing in the Philippines with a view to sailing back to the UK via Australia. However, for many reasons our plans changed and after 9 years living in Dartmouth we have now moved to Totnes.I am married to Lynn and we have four children. Daniel and his wife Sara live in Portsmouth; Hannah is married to another Dan and they live with our grandchildren Sophia, Isaac & Elijah in Topsham. Lydia is currently studying in Lancaster and Julia is Studying Art at Totnes, due to attend University at Falmouth in 2016. I teach music in the local school and work part time for the Dart Harbour and Navigation Authority, driving the yacht taxi. Between this, directing the local orchestra, various musical performances, involved with the local church and helping train the local Ten Tors team, life can be very busy.