Bimble on Roadford Lake by John Walpole
I Have just returned after two lovely days sailing my Mk6 Gull, ‘Bimble’ on Roadford Lake. For anyone unfamiliar with Roadford Lake, it’s the largest expanse of open fresh water in South West England covering 730 acres and is sited a short distance off the A30 on the Devon/Cornwall border, approximately 45 mins further on from Exeter.
My Wife Tracey and I set off on Thursday after a last minute adjustment to my road base trailer. Although I am used to towing my Supernova around all over the Country behind my van, I had forgotten that the Gull is 3ft shorter, but has a mast roughly the same length as the Supernova! Hasty temporary modifications needed to be made to the mast crook on the trailer to extend the additional length of mast overhang over the top of the van.
On our arrival we were surprised to find that we were the only visitors staying on site. There are three camping area’s with a mixture of grass, hardstanding and electric hook up pitches available. The shower and toilet block was perfectly adequate, clean, and with lovely hot showers.
If you’re planning on staying on site, the nearest village with a shop and pub is 4 miles away. However, there is a nice café on the edge of the reservoir which is about a 20min walk from the boat launch/camping area.
Getting Bimble ready to go out on the lake.
Dogs are welcome but not allowed in the lake, which meant our Schnauzer Alfie wasn't able to join Trace on her paddle board as he likes to leap off!
A few pics from my camera whilst out sailing (video to follow when I’ve got time to edit).
After two days of being on our own it was lovely to be joined by the juniors from my neighbouring Club on the Exe, Starcross Yacht Club. One of the oldest clubs in the UK, Starcross has an a strong racing fleet as well as an active cruising section (of which there are a number of Gull sailors) and a vibrant Junior section.
Time for us to go home after our short first visit to Roadford, but we shall return again in the autumn.
In my view, this would make an ideal venue for a SW based Gull owners meet at some point should there be sufficient interest? We also have the advantage of having an active Gull sailor, Andrew Starkey, who is a member of Roadford SC, who I’m sure would be happy to assist with organising.
‘Bimble’ packed away and ready to leave.