After refreshments Larry led us down by the edge of the town and into the lane which leads to the start of the steam railway. We saw the shiny locomotive which, apparently, hails from the slate quarries of North Wales. Our tiny westward lane followed the same valley (River Kensey) and we saw the massive disused quarry from which the railway once transported building stone. We left this particular valley just before Egloskerry and headed south to wards Pipers Pool and Trewen. The latter was especially attractive with it's cluster of neat cottages and small church. The road down to the River Inny was steep and once we crossed the bridge we encountered our first real mud of the ride as we headed up onto the ridge took us along to Polyphant and the "cows on't green". After the usual photo opportunity we negotiated the tricky crossing of the A30 dual carriageway before climbing up to Lewannick. We once sheltered here in Archer's Arms and found it most accommodating so we thought that we would give it another go! We enjoyed the experience so much so that I got over excited and knocked my drink over! The final leg of circuit was fairly uneventful on the B3257 through Congdon's Shop and Coads Green and then the lanes through Linkinhorne, South Hill and Maders arriving back in Callington by the fire station. With hindsight I wish that I had opted for the tiny lanes through the hamlets of Newtown and Lanoy instead of the faster route. It would not have added much distance but would have prolonged the day for another half an hour.
Thanks everyone - it was most enjoyable. Only 36 miles but a fair few hills!