Hatherleigh Beating the Bounds
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Beating the Bounds 2014

It was pretty much a perfect day; nice weather (until 5pm!), relaxed atmosphere throughout, nice arrangements (courtesy of Geoffrey Cleverdon), a good bunch of people and a great selection of younger folk too. All in all a day to remember as the traditional beat took place to prove Hatherleigh's territorial claims. The only thing to mar proceedings (except for that downpour at 5pm) was the mud, the result of much rain in previous days, but even that added to the occasion for many. It caused massive delays at gates. stiles and ditches, seriously slowing down the first leg of the walk from the town to the Morris Monument, but no one amongst the 250 or so bounds-beaters, least of all the many kids who took part, arrived in any state other than relaxed. The traditional Morris Monument picture was organised by yours truly - a large image is above. Click that to get an even larger file from which you should be able to print your own record of the day at up to A4 size. A shorter walk to the 'Pasty Place' followed and after a refreshing bite and drink everyone went off around the base of the moor to Bassetts Cross and thence to Passaford Bridge for the traditional penny pouncing session (£20 worth this year, mostly in 2p pieces). A short walk then to the Holsworthy road and almost home. It was not possible to 'pass the baby' through the window at Runnon Moor road this year so, as the rain fell, walkers moved down through the cricket field and back to the Square where a barbecue was later held. We took nearly 250 images during the walk, many of walkers on the 'bounds' with a 400mm lens. Samples of all these plus loads of interim shots are below. Enjoy! If you post any of these in other places remember to mention my name ... please. 'Apologies' if you're not here. All the files will soon be available through Geoffrey Cleverdon.

Geoff Hodgkinson (geoff@ggh.co.uk)

Geoffrey sets the scene

They're off

Debbie starts things off by climbing out of Hole Court, and then it's off via the churchyard

Arriving at the Monument/Equinox Bell
Off down the hill to the Pasty Place


Three cheers for the catering team!

Watch the Bounds being Beat
Penny Pouncing at Passaford Bridge
All the above images are the copyright of Geoff Hodgkinson.
Don't re-use them without a credit for me and/or www.hatherleigh.net!


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