5th July 2015 - Club visit to Bodmin Moor

Half a dozen members made it through torrential downpours to Minions, a tiny village on the south east corner of Bodmin with the highest pub. on the moor.
Tiny maybe, but a welcoming tea room with facilities elevated it to gold star status, after which no weather challenge could deter exploration.
A stroll through close-cropped grass to the star of the show, the Cheesewring - named for its resemblance to a stack of cheeses - presented numerous wildflowers, butterflies and the occasional dragon fly and grasshopper ... wonderful!
Two of our ladies immediately struck off to the very top with the writer in hot pursuit, honour at stake; the ascent was surprisingly easy, culminating in superb views dotted with mining artefacts, beautiful cloud formations, and a striking collection of rock formations.
Peter Tickner remained grounded with dog Katie, reminiscing on his climbs of the high-difficulty adjoining quarry face ... sheer all the way down.
After lunch in cars during the only shower of the visit, we entered three well-defined circles, the Hurlers, surrounded by docile Belted Galloways and frankly ugly fresh-shorn sheep.
The combined brainpower of our group (don’t!) was unable to make sense of circle orientation versus the landscape, so settled for desperately trying to get a camera angle with impact.
Some then went on to the Trethevy Quoit, a very complete neolithic burial chamber, albeit with parking space for one car!
A great day, beautiful surroundings with a wealth of interest, and enjoyable company – our thanks to Peter for his excellent choice of trip.
(Report by Tom Borg)