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South Dartmoor CTC
Weekly cycling adventures for youngsters in South Devon
  • Rides, weekends, tours and social activities for young cyclists aged 10-16
  • Part of the national Cyclists' Touring Club, one of Britain's largest cycling organisations
  • Many activities suitable for new members
  • All activities start from Buckfastleigh
Next event (see the Forthcoming Events section for more)
Sunday 28 May 2017
1015-1600
Morning ride: Decided on the Day
The destination for this ride will be decided nearer the time based on weather conditions and the interests of those taking part. The ride may be extended to a full day ride if everyone is in agreement, or changed to a sports and games social if conditions are wet.

The ride is open to any youngsters aged 10-17, to younger children if accompanied by parents, and to ex-members. Please bring a little money in case we visit a café.

Recent events (see the Recent Events section for more)
Friday 26 May 2017
1900-2215
Evening ride: Decided on the Day
0 present:
Report to follow

Sunday 21 May 2017
1015-1500
Day ride: Stoke Gabriel (24 mi)Sunny and warm
4 present: Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, Jude Norris, George Rogers
George, Dillan and Jude at Fleet Mill Lane, Bridgetown (11:44)
The start of the Fleet Mill Lane 'shortcut' near Bridgetown, Totnes (11:44)
Fleet Mill Lane (11:59)
Fleet Mill Lane as it passes through Fulls Weatheracre Plantation (11:59)
Snacks at the Rivershack Café, Stoke Gabriel, with Mill Pool behind (13:09)
George on a rather wet section of Fleet Mill Lane (12:07)
Dillan, Jude and George at Mill Pool, Stoke Gabriel (13:12)
View to Mill Pool and Stoke Gabriel from the causeway (13:12)
The Rivershack Café and Mill Pool, Stoke Gabriel (13:15)
Having taken the main road to Dartington we followed the cycle path past the weir and the train station and then tried the ‘shortcut’ from Bridgetown to Stoke Gabriel known as Fleet Mill Lane. It was a scenic route, taking us through some unspoiled woodland areas, but some parts were rough, muddy or steep and our youngsters didn’t rate it very highly even though it was popular with the club in the 1980s. The main road alternative via Longcombe is actually a little shorter, has a little less climbing and is a good deal quicker, so we will probably take that route next time around.

Once we reached tarmac at Aish we made good speed to Stoke Gabriel, eagerly awaiting a tasty lunch at the Rivershack Café by the river Dart. When we arrived at 12:40, however, there was no food on display despite there being several members of staff on duty. Enquiries revealed that food was off because they were running a barbecue with live music at 2.30 and they “couldn’t do everything”. Michael pressed a little further and was told that cakes and drinks were available, but she wasn’t going to bring the cakes out for us to look at as they all look like what they are – cake! As there are no other cafes in the area we made the best of the situation and ordered what we thought sounded like good cakes. As it happened they turned out to be exceptional, so we were happy in the end.

There was time to walk along the causeway by Mill Pool, where Michael managed to graze his knee after stepping on some very slippery green seaweed, then we headed homewards via Longcombe, Berry Pomeroy, Littlehempston, Staverton and Caddaford at a good speed.


Today's ride included a total climb of 580m


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