Well, it was quite exciting just getting to Plymouth, the rain and wind was something else. First off was a bunch of football fans getting on board the first train and being obnoxious and belligerent. Then a bit more civilised down to Taunton Then the train got delayed by an hour due to high winds all trains were stopped to let the storm pass. We eventually got into Plymouth around 8pm.....so usual story, sling the bags in the room and have a wander. We were right by the Barbican so visited a few hostelries. Everyone was very nice. it wasnt a late night.
The Last Ferry of the season to Santander.
We got up at a fairly sane time and got all the gear, we then wandered down to the Barbican, weather was good and so we headed to a pub called the Dolphin, as suggested by our good frien Rhidian Morgan esq. The pub wasnt open when we got there, but there was a fair old crowd queuing outside, it's a either a great pub or the customers are in sore need of an alcoholic beverage. Turns out it was both. It's an excellent olde world boozer and sells Bass straight from the Barrel - An excellent recommendation from Rhidian, We had a couple and chatted to a few locals - everyone was great - we like Plymouth. We then departed for a 3 mile hike to the ferry terminal, the weather which had been good turned to rain and we took shelter in a pub called the West Hoe - again everyone was really good in there, there was a Veteran's Anniversary bash going on and we were told to help ourselves to food as they had put on a big spread - we didnt indulge as we didnt think it neccesary, but it was very nice of them to offer - we werent too far away from the terminal and so headed off to board the Brittany Ferry flagship called The Pont Haven - there were quite a few Brits heading off in Camper Wagons to avoid the British Winter - most of the people we spoke to were off for at least 4 months. Eventually we cast of circa 4pm in light rain and rising winds. Leaving Blighty by Ship is always the best way to go and we are certainly looking forward to this voayage. The weather is predicted to be awful with swells of up to 9 Metres (eventually got to 40 to 50 foot), The tub looks like it can handle it though, it's 10 decks high - we've been on bigger but this could be fun.