Advance news about this year’s Laidback Weekend.
Arrive Friday September 25, sail Saturday and Sunday, and depart
Sunday evening or Monday morning.
For a change (for which I
hope there won’t be too many howls of protest) I thought we should
move a few miles east to the beauty of the Dart Valley. It has been a
popular venue for Wanderer West Country Cruise events in the past.
Thanks to David and Jill Davies who live just off the Dart at
Ashprington near Bow Creek, I was introduced to the good folk (Alex
and Mike) who run the Dartside Quay at Galmpton Creek (postcode TQ5
0EH). This is located on the east side of the Dart Valley, just west
of Brixham and is next door to Stoke Gabriel, where the legendary Ian
Proctor used to live and past whose house, Duncannon, right on the
water’s edge, we will sail. Galmpton Creek is about one third of the
navigable way from the mouth of the Dart to Totnes.
Quay at Galmpton Creek will be our base. Launching and recovery is
painless. Overnight our Wanderers will be safe above the shoreline on
the near flat pebble shore by the jetty. Parking for cars and road
trailers is a few steps away on site. The Creek is shallow and access
is three hours either side of HW. This means we should be afloat by
11.15am on the Saturday (HW around 2.15pm) for a saunter on the
incoming tide to Totnes, possibly sneaking on the way into the
beautiful Bow Creek at Tuckenhay, and returning, after a picnic lunch
at The Steam Packet in Totnes (contact Justine), on the ebbtide. On
the Sunday, after the usual Saturday night Fleet Supper at the Manor
Inn in Galmpton village. we will potter down to Dartmouth and the
mouth of the river (I am looking for a suitable lunchtime picnic stop)
before heading back.
For those arriving on the Friday, I am
planning an evening pilgrimage to the Rockfish restaurant in Brixham -
a multi award winning Best Fish and Chip shop in the UK serving
Chablis to wash down the light crispy batter.
is available at The Manor Inn (contact Ed) where there are four
remaining double bedrooms which have been blocked off for Wanderer
bookings by Manager Ed until January 31.
homing, and cottage letting is available at nearby Galmpton Touring
The Manor Inn
Contact Ed for accommodation (reserved until January 31 2020)
Galmpton Touring Park
https://www.galmptontouringpark.co.uk/ Contact direct if you
are camping, motor homing, or would like to rent a property.
Alex or Mike
Rockfish Restaurant, Brixham
The Steam Packet, Totnes
Do let me know if you have any queries, and,
even better, please let me know that you are planning to take part.
Costs ? For the Fri-Monday weekend at Dartside Quay, the charge is
reduced to a single day’s access/parking at £19 per boat and this will
be paid by WCOA.
The Dartmouth Harbour Board have told me today
that they do not require a harbour fee.
Let me know if I can
be of any further help.
- Tel 07771 814630