This new walk for The Pack was ably led by Malcolm Pelmear - and he produced a glorious day for us in addition to wonderful scenery on the edges of Dartmoor. Some 18 hounds assembled plus a motley collection of terriers and unidentifiable breeds who as usual all seemed to get on.
Mary's little Will performed as expected and started a furious chase in and out the woods that excited some of our hounds. The way led alongside the River Teign, up and down a few rock steps and to a ferocious waterfall.
After a couple of miles we turned up out of the valley to gently walk below the walls of Castle Drogo to a warm and sheltered picnic stop - when most of us had thought Our Leader had renounced food. From here it was a short and pleasant stretch back to the beautifully situated Fingle Bridge Inn where some enjoyed a refreshing pint of St Austell's Tribute - and watched some brave children splash in the river below the narrow packhorse bridge that few attempted to drive over.
All in all a thoroughly enjoyable walk in new territory for many of us that we must return to another day.
Welcome drink in river Teign
Lunch stop beneath the spreading oak