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Sunday 29 March 1987Day ride: Mamhead ObeliskSunny
11 present: Chris Blight, Richard Burge, Richard Hopper, Gary Johnson, Michael Jones, Gareth Lee, Jason Morris, Mark Morris, Mark Moxham, Andrew Simmons, John Stuart
This was one of those 'easy' rides that turned out to be a little harder than originally planned. It was all Michael's fault of course, according to the none-too-happy youngsters, but that is one of the drawbacks of running a cycling club.

The morning went extremely well, with an interesting ride through the steep lanes between Gappah and the Obelisk. When lunch had been consumed, views admired and silly games played, a decision (almost unanimous) was made to ride to the nearest good cafe for afternoon tea. Stoke-in-Teignhead would not normally have been out of the question, but by the time we had repaired Chris' puncture near Dawlish and then climbed the wrong hill from Shaldon it was nearer supper time than cream tea time when we eventually arrived.

There were a few complaints, but all in all the ride was good practice for the forthcoming Easter tour ... and the tracks were quite good fun.

Tuesday 31 March 1987Social: End of Season Social (Crofters)
7 present: Richard Burge, Guy Colston (15, Devon), Gary Johnson, Michael Jones, Mark Morris, Luke Rake, Andrew Simmons
The last social of the season was seen off with an episode of Star Trek from Michael's video collection.

Sunday 5 April 1987Afternoon ride: TorbryanSunny
10 present: Richard Burge, Gary Johnson, Michael Jones, Graham Moates, Jason Morris, Mark Morris, Martin Olney, Luke Rake, Andrew Simmons, John Stuart
The most interesting part of today's ride was the exploration of a new track, from Torbryan to Tornewton. There happened to be a river running down on this particular occasion (an advantage in the eyes of the youngsters) but it definitely held promise for the summer.

Friday 10 April 1987Evening ride: Crofters SocialWet
6 present: Marc Dolley, Tim Dolley, Gary Johnson, Michael Jones, Jason Morris, Mark Morris
Congratulations to the four Ashburton youngsters who braved the elements. It is hoped that Crofters entertainment and a mention in the Highwayman were sufficient reward.

Sunday 12 April 1987Day ride (With Torbay CTC): Pixie's CaveSunny
15 present: Colin Brierly, Richard Burge, Paul Deslandes, Marc Dolley, Philip Humphreys, Brett Jamieson, Gary Johnson, Michael Jones, Warren Masters, Graham Moates, Jason Morris, Mark Morris, Mark Moxham, Martin Olney, Mark Williams
When pannier straps had been tied up (thanks Vic!) and Martin's punctures had been repaired we set off towards Cold East Cross from the Bickington pick-up, hoping that the stiff climb would not prove too challenging for the younger riders. The direct route via Ponsworthy Splash brought us eventually to Dartmeet, from where the riverside footpath was taken through the woods to the cave. Sadly the rear exit (just large enough to squeeze through) had been sealed off with a large boulder, so amusements were relatively short-lived - until the stick fight commenced that is!

The Old Forge at Holne, now open again after the winter break, provided us with excellent refreshments before we made our way homewards.

Tuesday 14 April 1987Evening ride: BroadhempstonSunny
9 present: Richard Burge, Marc Dolley, Tim Dolley, Gary Johnson, Michael Jones, Jason Morris, Mark Morris, Mark Moxham, Jeremy Weston
Having taken the standard route via Staverton to Broadhempston the lads thought it was time for some fun. And so it was that we took the 'muddy track' from Beaston to Forder Green - one of the mudpools came up to the hubs.

Return through Thorncroft and Pridhamsleigh is always hilly and time consuming, but no-one seemed to mind as it was an excuse to try out new lights.

Saturday 18 April 1987Tour: Cornish Coast Day 1 Home to GolantSunny
15 present: Richard Burge, Catherine Burnard, Paul Deslandes, Marc Dolley, Philip Humphreys, Brett Jamieson, Gary Johnson, Michael Jones, Warren Masters, Graham Moates, Jason Morris, Mark Morris, Mark Moxham, Martin Olney, Mark Williams
Gary Johnson at Buckfastleigh
As far as we are aware, no report was ever written or published for this tour, and we are unable to find any detailed notes about what happened. We have filled in obvious details for each day, but if you were on the tour and would like to add your own comments - or if you actually have a full tour report by some miracle - please get in touch with us.

The pictures, however, are all complete and captioned, and these tell much of the story without the need for words!

Catherine met us at Totnes rail station and we all took the 0948 train for Plymouth. We planned to rake the Torpoint ferry to Saltash and then to ride along the south coast, through Downderry and to Looe, then on to the Bodinnick Ferry to Fowey.

Golant hostel is a large mansion set in its own grounds overlooking the river Fowey.

Sunday 19 April 1987Tour: Cornish Coast Day 2Sunny
15 present: Richard Burge, Catherine Burnard, Paul Deslandes, Marc Dolley, Philip Humphreys, Brett Jamieson, Gary Johnson, Michael Jones, Warren Masters, Graham Moates, Jason Morris, Mark Morris, Mark Moxham, Martin Olney, Mark Williams
Mevagissey harbour
The group at Pentewan
Jason, Mark, Brett, Philip, Catherine, Martin and Paul, overlooking Mevagissey
Today's ride took us first to Par and St Austell, then along the coast road through Pentewan to the delightful fishing village of Mevagissey. Further lanes then brought us to the quiet Boswinger hostel, set in a small farming community.

Sunday 19 April 1987Afternoon ride: Easter SpecialSunny
3 present: Richard Hopper, John Iles, Andrew Simmons
Those members not visiting foreign lands enjoyed a leisurely amble taking in Hembury Woods, Buckland-in-the-Moor and Ashburton. The afternoon's main attraction involved eating Cadbury's Creme Eggs on a windswept Buckland Common.

Monday 20 April 1987Tour: Cornish Coast Day 3 Boswinger to PerranporthSunny
15 present: Richard Burge, Catherine Burnard, Paul Deslandes, Marc Dolley, Philip Humphreys, Brett Jamieson, Gary Johnson, Michael Jones, Warren Masters, Graham Moates, Jason Morris, Mark Morris, Mark Moxham, Martin Olney, Mark Williams
Ready to board the King Harry ferry over the river Fal
Mark Morris, Gary Johnson and Brett Jamieson at St Just in Roseland
Mark Morris and Gary Johnson near the hostel at Perranporth
Group adornment of a road sign near Chacewater
Perranporth beach
Perranporth beach
Perranporth beach
Perranporth beach
From Boswinger we rode to St Just in Roseland, investigating the picturesque church and gardens there. We then headed north and crossed the river Fal on the King Harry ferry. Our route then took us on to the north coast of Cornwall at Perranporth, famous for its incredibly large beach. The small, simple hostel is perched on a cliff overlooking the beach.

When we had cooked our food and cleaned up the kitchen we walked down to the beach to play in the glorious sunset.

Tuesday 21 April 1987Tour: Cornish Coast Day 4 Perranporth to Treyarnon BaySunny
15 present: Richard Burge, Catherine Burnard, Paul Deslandes, Marc Dolley, Philip Humphreys, Brett Jamieson, Gary Johnson, Michael Jones, Warren Masters, Graham Moates, Jason Morris, Mark Morris, Mark Moxham, Martin Olney, Mark Williams
Perranporth beach from near the YH
Richard Burge, Graham Moates and Mark Williams admire the view from Perranporth YH
Jason Morris & Warren Masters at The World in Miniature, Goonhavern
Mark Williams, Warren Masters, Jason Morris, Mark Moxham and Catherine Burnard at Goonhavern's World in Miniature
Mark Moxham takes a tumble
Buckingham Palace at The World in Miniature, Goonhavern
Gary Johnson above Bedruthan Steps, near Mawgan porth
Walking down to Bedruthan Steps
Warren Masters enjoys the beach alone near Bedruthan Steps
Catherine Burnard, Mark Moxham & Mark Williams on the Bedruthan Steps
First stop today was The World in Miniature attraction at Goonhavern, just up the hill from Perranporth. We managed to find most of the world's most famous buildings right there in Cornwall!

We rode through Newquay and on to Mawgan Porth, where we stopped to explore the Bedruthan Steps that lead down to the beach and cove.

Treyarnon Bay youth hostel is a little further up the coast, through a series of twisty lanes. The hostel is right next to an excellent beach with its own rockpools.

Wednesday 22 April 1987Tour: Cornish Coast Day 5 Treyarnon Bay to TintagelSunny
15 present: Richard Burge, Catherine Burnard, Paul Deslandes, Marc Dolley, Philip Humphreys, Brett Jamieson, Gary Johnson, Michael Jones, Warren Masters, Graham Moates, Jason Morris, Mark Morris, Mark Moxham, Martin Olney, Mark Williams
Treyarnon Bay YH
Gary Johnson and Mark Moxham spar for supremacy at Treyarnon BayYH
Philip Humphreys admiring the beach outside Treyarnon Bay YH
Treyarnon Bay YH
Trevose Head lighthouse
The view from Trevose Head lighthouse
The Camel Trail cycle path from Padstow to Wadebridge
Padstow harbour
Mark Moxham and Catherine Burnard outside the Delabole slate showroom
Pausing for fun on the Camel estuary between Padstow and Wadebridge
Michael Jones, Mark Morris and Jason Morris relaxing outside Tintagel YH
The track leading to Tintagel YH
Sunset from Tintagel YH
After taking photos and exploring the nearby beach we rode to Trevose Head where we were able to go inside the lighthouse and have a good look around.

Next stop was the popular fishing village of Padstow, from where we followed the Camel Trail cycle path as far as Wadebridge. We stopped at one point to play on the estuary near the path.

Some more lanes brought us to Delabole, famous for its slate production. There was a visitor centre there so we spent a little time looking around.

A descent and stiff climb brought us to Tintagel, from where a track led us across the unspoiled headland to the hostel, located in a commanding position overlooking the sea. We were fortunate enough to be allocated the front dormitory, overlooking the sea and partially submerged in the headland.

Thursday 23 April 1987Tour: Cornish Coast Day 6 Tintagel to HomeSunny
15 present: Richard Burge, Catherine Burnard, Paul Deslandes, Marc Dolley, Philip Humphreys, Brett Jamieson, Gary Johnson, Michael Jones, Warren Masters, Graham Moates, Jason Morris, Mark Morris, Mark Moxham, Martin Olney, Mark Williams
The group at Tintagel YH
The very cosy dorm sunk into the ground and overlooking the sea at Tintagel YH
Brett Jamieson at Boscastle
Boscastle
Mark Morris
Catherine Burnard
Climbing out of Boscastle
Warren Masters
Philip Humphreys rides the ford
Fun at Bridge Ford near Bowithick on Bodmin Moor
Moor fords on Bodmin Moor
Warren Masters & Gary Johnson
The group on the road from Jamaica Inn to Liskeard. Gary Johnson, Marc Dolley, Martin Olney, Warren Masters, Jason Morris, Catherine Burnard, Mark Williams, Brett Jamieson, Mark Moxham, Paul Deslandes, Michael J, Philip Humphreys, Mark Morris & Richard B
The lane towards Altarnun on Bodmin Moor
Riding towards Liskeard across Bodmin Moor
There was more sunshine for our final day. The ride to the picture postcard village of Boscastle was just a few miles, and here we spent an enjoyable time playing in the water and taking photos.

A stiff climb took us out of the village and over towards Bodmin Moor. We took the lanes towards Altarnun which included a number of fords - our youngsters couldn't resist riding them over and over again.

After a stretch of main road to Jamaica Inn we took the valley road to Liskeard, which followed the river downhill all the way. This was a very scenic route, and provided a fitting end to an excellent Easter tour.

Our train left Liskeard at 1.30pm and took us all back to Totnes, from where Catherine continued to Bristol and the rest of us were collected by various parents.

Friday 24 April 1987Evening ride: SpitchwickSunny
8 present: Richard Hopper, Gary Johnson, Michael Jones, Jason Morris, Mark Morris, Luke Rake, Andrew Simmons, John Stuart
This does tend to be a popular destination, doesn't it? Andrew and Luke were the only ones stupid enough to go in for a dip in the icy Dart, the rest of us preferring to throw a tennis ball around. My remark to Richard H that Luke had gone behind a bush to change received the terse reply 'I wonder what he's going to be this time!'

Sunday 26 April 1987Day ride (With Torbay CTC): RedlakeSunny
11 present: Richard Burge, Richard Hopper, Brett Jamieson, Gary Johnson, Michael Jones, Jason Morris, Mark Morris, Mark Moxham, Glen Powling, Luke Rake, Andrew Simmons
Gary Johnson, Mark Morris & Jason Morris on Ugborough Beacon, with Brett behind
Michael is once again denied a peaceful lunchtime
Michael caught napping by a camera thief!
Gary Johnson & Mark Morris try their hands at dry stone walling near the Redlake tramway
Preparing for the rough descent to the clapper bridge. LtoR: Gary Johnson, Jason Morris, Mark Morris, Brett Jamieson, Glenn Powling
Our youngsters have fun around the lake beside the Redlake tramway
Colin, Vic and Iris (Torbay and Plymouth sections) all deserted us at Avonwick, preferring to select their own terrestrial routes rather than accompany us over open moorland.

We pushed through Wrangaton golf course to the peak of Ugborough Beacon for lunch, where fine views from Erme Valley to Teignmouth could be enjoyed. A passing train seemed to take an eternity to travel from Ivybridge to South Brent despite its '125' status, but we managed to follow its progress right through to Marley tunnel before its distance rendered it invisible.

Crossing behind the beacon we quickly joined the old tramway, following its course into the heart of the South Moor at a snail's pace (Mark Moxham was the snail, probably because he didn't want to scratch his new bike). We then followed the Abbot's Way from Crossways back to Cross Furzes, which (much to Glenn's dismay) involved careering down a bumpy slope, crossing a clapped-out clapper bridge, tackling a number of bogs and streams and climbing a stile. We made it, however, and still had time for afternoon tea at the Crofters cafeteria.

Tuesday 28 April 1987Evening ride: LambsdownSunny
7 present: Wayne Bolton, Richard Burge, Gary Johnson, Michael Jones, Mark Morris, Luke Rake, Andrew Simmons
This moorland route was probably a little over-ambitious in view of the fact that young Wayne had joined us. Struggling over the bumpy heath was no joke in the semi-darkness, but fortunately we managed to locate a familiar path near Cross Furzes.

Sunday 3 May 1987Afternoon ride: North HuishSunny
12 present: Richard Burge, Marc Dolley, Richard Hopper, Gary Johnson, Michael Jones, Julian Juste, Warren Masters, Jason Morris, Mark Morris, Luke Rake, Andrew Simmons, Jeremy Weston
The steep hill to Rattery did little to dampen the enthusiasm of young Julian Juste from Scoriton, who had joined us for his first club ride. We decided to take the little country lane between Culverlane and Shorter Cross, only to discover that the farmer had brutally felled every single tree and bush that had previously made our rides such a delight. Michael was not at all pleased.

The lane from Diptford to North Huish was, by way of compensation, particularly attractive, passing as it did over the river Avon. The little bridge, which didn't appear to be very substantial, was probably being held together by the many flowers that adorned it!

Return was via Avonwick and South Brent, which of course gave us the excuse we needed for a tea stop at the Copper Kettle, prolonged somewhat by Warren's blow-out.

Friday 8 May 1987Evening ride: HaytorSunny
8 present: Graham Burge, Richard Burge, Richard Hopper, Gary Johnson, Michael Jones, Luke Rake, Andrew Simmons, John Stuart
The lanes from Ashburton to Ilsington are always a pleasure during the summer months, and today was no exception. Some sleek young horses grazing beside the stream near Boro Wood were fortunate not to have been led off by the youngsters, who fell in love with them immediately.

When the destination had been reached, views were somewhat disappointing thanks to the distant haze. A perfect golden-red sunset made a superb lantern for the return journey across the moor however.

Sunday 10 May 1987Day ride (With Torbay CTC): Devon DA Rough Stuff EventSunny
15 present: Chris Blight, Richard Burge, Marc Dolley, Richard Hopper, John Iles, Gary Johnson, Michael Jones, Gareth Lee, Graham Moates, Jason Morris, Mark Morris, Mark Moxham, Luke Rake, Andrew Simmons, John Stuart
Jason Morris, Marc Dolley & Gareth Lee at the starting point near Dunsford
Kevin Presland from Torbay Section, at a picturesque location near Dunsford
Graham Moates, Gary Johnson & Jason Morris, watched by members of Torbay Section
Chris Blight, Jason Morris and Gary Johnson
Jason Morris takes a dive
Our Section certainly seemed to enjoy this year's event, kindly organised by Arthur Browne of Exeter. The track through Bridford Wood, near Dunsford, was certainly a pleasure but I was surprised when Chris and Gareth came around again! Clearly the fork at the end failed to make it clear which route was the way out, and Colin being in the wrong marshalling place couldn't have helped them.

Nevertheless a good time was had by all, everything being rounded off nicely by the generously-provided tea.

Tuesday 12 May 1987Evening ride: Staverton BridgeSunny
7 present: Richard Burge, Gary Duquemin (14, Buckfastleigh), Julian Duquemin (17, Buckfastleigh), Gary Johnson, Michael Jones, Mark Morris, Andrew Simmons
Some unfamiliar lanes near Abham entertained us admirably on this sunny evening.

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