Simply Messing about in Boats

Today, a coachload of WI members made their way to Dartmouth for our CFWI River Dart Cruise. We defied the weather gods and, despite a horrendous forecast, enjoyed glorious sunshine for nearly the entire day.

Our able coach driver, Paul, got us to Dartmouth in record time, despite coming face to face with an assortment of buses, coaches and lorries on some very narrow lanes!

Once in Dartmouth, some members indulged in a bit of retail therapy, others found spots for leisurely lunches, and some did both.

Promptly at 3pm, our boat, the Cardiff Castle set off, bound for Totnes. Our river guide entertained us with jokes and anecdotes, but also gave us some great information about the sights we were seeing along the way. He pointed out wildlife as well as telling us about some of the very grand houses on the riverbanks. We even saw some seals basking in the sun! He also taught us that ‘dart’ is the Celtic word for ‘oak’. Every day’s a school day!

Once safely in Totnes, our coach was waiting for us and we headed home, happy and a little windswept.

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