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Sunday 19 August 2018
1015-1540
Day ride: Totnes (18 mi)Dry but cloudy with sunny spells
5 present: Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, Jude Norris, George Rogers, John Rogers
The cycle path from Dartington to Totnes (12:19)
The cycle path from Dartington to Totnes (12:18)
The seal returns (12:33)
Looking for a seal at Totnes Weir (12:28)
Dillan and George climbing trees over the Dart (13:56)
The riverside path between Totnes and Riverside station (13:54)
A bird hide, from where we could see .. no birds at all! (14:11)
Dillan, Jude and George up a tree (13:57)
Dillan and Jude called in to wake up George on the way through town, and to our surprise both he and John were keen to join the ride. After a welcome coffee from Kelly we headed out via Caddaford Hill to Staverton Bridge, up to Huxham's Cross and then down through Dartington to the cycle path.

We stopped briefly at Totnes weir, and everyone was surprised when Michael said he had seen a seal in the river. By the time they all looked it had disappeared under water, although John said he had seen a blur. The animal did not reappear so people started suggesting Michael had seen a dog in the water - a seal dog! The last laugh was on them however when the seal reappeared ten minutes later and was photographed doing its rolls.

There was a leisurely atmosphere in the club today as everyone renewed friendships, so nobody was in a hurry. We went to Morrisons to try out the new café and ended up buying cooked food, hot drinks and donuts for the usual low prices. We then rode to Totnes bridge and took the riverside path back towards the steam station, stopping briefly so that the youngsters could climb a tree with limbs overhanging the river.

Continuing back to the Shops at Dartington we passed a bird hide off Dartington Lane that offered views over the marshy fields nearby, but look as we might we could not see a single bird from inside or outside the hide. We then called in to the Food shop at Dartington that Michael and Dillan had discovered a few weeks earlier, buying some tasty cakes and snacks. Finally we took the cycle path back to Riverford Bridge and followed Colson Road back to Buckfastleigh, chatting about everything and nothing as we meandered through the twisty lanes.

Friday 17 August 2018
1900-2130
Evening ride: Cancelled
0 present:
With everyone away this evening the ride was cancelled.

Sunday 12 August 2018
1015-1530
Morning ride: Converted to SocialDry
3 present: Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, Jude Norris
Michael was still giving his ankle time to recover today, so we organised a games social at Crofters followed by a café trip to Endsleigh and badminton at Ashmoor.

Friday 10 August 2018
1900-2200
Evening ride: Converted to Social
2 present: Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones
Michael was still resting his ankle today so we organised a badminton social to Ashmoor.

Sunday 5 August 2018
1015-1330
Morning ride: Cancelled
0 present:
With everyone away on holiday or busy today the ride was cancelled.

Friday 3 August 2018
1900-2130
Evening ride: Decided on the Day
0 present:
With everyone away on holiday or busy this evening the ride was cancelled.

Tuesday 31 July 2018
0800-1600
Tour: Scotland Day 13: London Sleeper Train to Home
3 present: Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, Jude Norris
Report to follow.

Monday 30 July 2018
0800-2300
Tour: Scotland Day 12: Inverness to Edinburgh Sleeper Train
3 present: Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, Jude Norris
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Sunday 29 July 2018
0800-2300
Tour: Scotland Day 11: Bonar Bridge to Inverness B&B
3 present: Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, Jude Norris
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Saturday 28 July 2018
0800-2300
Tour: Scotland Day 10: Achmelvich to Bonar Bridge B&B
3 present: Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, Jude Norris
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Friday 27 July 2018
0800-2300
Tour: Scotland Day 9: Ullapool to Achmelvich YH
3 present: Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, Jude Norris
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Thursday 26 July 2018
0800-2300
Tour: Scotland Day 8: Gairlock to Ullapool YH
3 present: Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, Jude Norris
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Wednesday 25 July 2018
0800-2300
Tour: Scotland Day 7: Torridon to Gairlock B&B
3 present: Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, Jude Norris
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Tuesday 24 July 2018
0800-2300
Tour: Scotland Day 6: Applecross to Torridon YH
3 present: Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, Jude Norris
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Monday 23 July 2018
0800-2300
Tour: Scotland Day 5: Plockton to Applecross YH
3 present: Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, Jude Norris
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Sunday 22 July 2018
0800-2300
Tour: Scotland Day 4: Mallaig to Plockton B&B
3 present: Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, Jude Norris
View from Bank House guest house, Mallaig, to the ferry terminal (10:25)
Ready to leave Bank House guest house, Mallaig (10:23)
On board the ferry from Mallaig to the Isle of Skye (11:23)
Mallaig, from the Skye ferry (11:06)
The ferry docks at Armadale, Isle of Skye (11:35)
On board the ferry from Mallaig to the Isle of Skye (11:23)
A shrubby cycle path near Kinloch (13:39)
A very welcome coffee at The Hub café, Camuscross, Isle of Skye (12:59)
The Isle of Skye at Upper Breaknish (14:19)
Christmas Trees invade the cycle path near Kinloch (13:44)
The Skye Bridge, first opened in 1995 (14:52)
Ashaig Cemetary as seen from Upper Breaknish, with the isle of Pabay beyond (14:27)
View to Drumbuie from Loch Erbusaig (17:25)
Preparing to leave Hector's Bothy, a good value restaurant at Kyle of Lochalsh (16:55)
Plockton High School (17:47)
Jude at Duirinish (17:35)
Plockton Post Office - still a wooden shed, although different from the one they had on our last visit (20:16)
Jude and Dillan at Plockton (17:56)
Plockton Pier (20:40)
Jude and Dillan try out the equipment in Plockton play park (20:24)
Plockton Pier - tranquil and beautiful (20:46)
Report to follow.

Saturday 21 July 2018
0800-2300
Tour: Scotland Day 3: Fort William to Morar B&B
3 present: Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, Jude Norris
Coffee at Costa, Fort William (11:06)
Dillan and Jude outside Alltonside Guest House, Fort William (10:08)
The Great Glen Way by the side of the Caledonian Canal at Corpach (11:37)
The new footbridge over the River Lochy, near Old Inverlochy Castle (11:26)
Lunch by the Glenfinnan viaduct, used in the Harry Potter films (13:28)
Crossing the lochs over the Caledonian Canal, Corpach (11:44)
Looking down to the Glenfinnan viewpoint, from our lunch spot (13:29)
The Glenfinnan Monument on Loch Shiel, from the Glenfinnan viewpoint (13:28)
A steam train passed Loch Eilt on the way from Mallaig to Fort William (14:56)
Jude and Dillan by Loch Eilt (14:53)
Loch Ailort, our first view of the Atlantic Coast (15:28)
A chance sighting of a red deer at Lochailort (15:21)
Approaching Loch nan Uamh (15:41)
Jude and Dillan overlooking Loch Ailort (15:28)
Dillan and Jude at Arisaig sea front (17:10)
The sea front at Arisaig, scene of a major incident on our 1996 Summer tour (17:09)
Michael and Jude at Arisaig (17:13)
Dillan and Jude by the sea at Arisaig (17:12)
Dillan and Michael enjoy soup and a burger at the West Highland Hotel, Mallaig (20:40)
First view of Mallaig, with the station on the right (18:06)
Report to follow.

Friday 20 July 2018
0800-2300
Tour: Scotland Day 2: Fort William Sleepter Train to Fort William B&B
3 present: Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, Jude Norris
Jude and Dillan at Fort William station (10:10)
View to Rannoch Moor from our sleeper train (8:40)
Dillan and Jude outside the Nevis Bakery, Fort William (11:27)
Outside the Nevis Bakery, Fort William (11:27)
Looking back to the youth hostel from the the bench (13:19)
The start of the path to Ben Nevis, from the bridge opposite the youth hostel - 22m above sea level (12:38)
Dillan fills Jude's glass bottle with spring water (14:38)
Our first view of the lake - Lochan Meall an t-Suidhe - as the cloud lifts (14:29)
The rocky upper sections of the path (15:30)
Higher up now with even clearer views (14:42)
Jude can never resist throwing snowballs (16:06)
Dillan near the top, with snow lying nearby (16:06)
Waiting our turn to stand on the trig point on Ben Nevis Cairn (16:28)
Finally, the summit (16:26)
Congratulations are in order as we get close to completing our walk (18:20)
Dillan and Jude on the Ben Nevis trig point - 1345m above sea level (16:33)
Report to follow.

Thursday 19 July 2018
1130-2300
Tour: Scotland Day 1: Home to London Sleeper Train
3 present: Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, Jude Norris
Regents Park, London (15:59)
Paddington Rail Station, London (15:22)
Dillan and Jude pedal hard on the Regents Park Boating Lake (17:04)
Jude enjoys Lavender Cake at the Boathouse Café, Regents Park, London (16:18)
Regents Park Boating Lake (17:05)
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Sunday 15 July 2018
1015-1330
Morning ride: Decided on the Day
0 present:
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