September 25th - 27th 2020

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.

Dartside 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.

B&B accommodation 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.

Camping, mobile homing, and cottage letting is available at nearby Galmpton Touring Park.

Useful links:

The Manor Inn http://manorinngalmpton.co.uk/index.htm   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.

Dartside Quay http://www.mdlmarinas.co.uk/mdl-dartside-quay   Contact Alex or Mike

Rockfish Restaurant, Brixham  https://www.therockfish.co.uk/restaurants/brixham/

The Steam Packet, Totnes https://www.steampacketinn.co.uk/  Contact Justine

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.

Philip Meadowcroft.   Philip@brandmasters.co.uk -  Tel 07771 814630

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