Last year was a bit of a watershed for CJ’s Devon meet, the first that he hadn’t run since creating the Devon laning weekend in 2005. So this year we had time to plan a bit better, and think we succeeded.
We drove some good lanes again, a single group even going out late on the Friday afternoon for an early evening tour of some lanes – must do that again (but not get stuck recceeing first so we can return with the setting sun, rather than after…). Three groups went out Saturday, including some difficult sunken lanes, returning from a long day out to cocktails contributed to by many but brilliantly masterminded by Sally – many thanks!
Perhaps Sunday was enjoyed even more, doing some longer distance touring down to the South coast taking in some really beautiful spots, pub-lunching in style before each group seemingly setting themselves up with a difficult ‘get-out-of-jail’ task on the way home.
3 hours after returning, Chef Paul and the other volunteer veggie peelers had produced a superb, all the trimmings Full Sunday Roast (charcoal roasted lamb) dinner. Eating around the campfire in the dark, nobody really minded that it turned into a lucky dip, as every forkful was ‘perfickt’
Monday found a good few remaining taking the traditional Exmoor tour, and again, romping up the Valley of the Rocks, sploshing through the ford at Tarr Steps and eating Devon out of clotted cream. Returning via Porlock in amazingly clear air, the views over the channel to Wales, were quite exceptional as the sun started thinking about cooling and setting. Must be done again, and again, and again. Exmoor, lesser known, ignored or under-rated, but not by us!
Sharon’s video of Neil’s hairy moment
Another video from Sharon