Sixteen of us assembled between the Ancient granite church and the Chapel in St Erth village to begin a 6.5 mile ramble to the hamlet of Relubbus and back.
As we were setting off we had a splendid surprise encounter with the Parson who had just finish the service in the church. Terry knew this man as one of our "friends" and beckoned him over to say hello. When we told him who and what we were he exclaimed, "Halleluiah, praise the Lord!"
What a start to our walk!
We ambled by quiet country roads and lanes to Relubbus where we paused to eat our lunch.
Mr Shakespeare got it right when he said it was:
"Over hill, over dale, through bush, through briar, Over park, over pale,"
A huge loop through Enys Farm brought us to the River Hayle and from here on it was riverside walking back to where we started.
En route we encountered a couple of clutches of farm ducks so another quote, this time, from Kenneth Grahame seems appropriate:
All along the backwater, Through the rushes tall, Ducks are a-dabbling, Up tails all!
Leaders Lee and Terry brought everyone safe and sound back to the cars: a few wandered into the Star Inn for refreshment otherwise it was fond farewells until the next time.