Recent Event Reports

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Sunday 19 May 2019
10:15 - 13:30
Morning ride: The Coffin Stone, Dartmeet
0 Participants: No participants recorded for this event
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Sunday 5 May 2019
10:15 - 15:00
Morning ride: The Coffin Stone, Dartmeet
0 Participants: No participants recorded for this event
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Friday 3 May 2019
20:25 - 21:40
Social: Badminton
2 Participants: Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones
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Friday 26 April 2019
20:25 - 21:40
Social: Badminton
0 Participants: No participants recorded for this event
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Sunday 21 April 2019
09:30 - 17:30
Day ride (Car-assisted): The Otterton Easter Special
4 Participants: Tao Burgess, Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, Jude Norris
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Walking to the Starcross ferry in plenty of time for the 11.10 crossing (10:48)
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Waiting for the ferry (10:50)
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Speeding away from Starcross towards Exmouth (11:16)
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A seal lazes on a platform near Starcross (11:24)
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Following the cycle route along the old railway line to Budleigh Salterton (12:43)
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Cherry blossoms near Kersbrook, Budleigh Salterton (13:09)
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Dillan, Tao and Jude near Budleigh Salterton (13:10)
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Youngsters play in the River Otter on our way to Otterton (13:15)
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Jude climbs a tree on the quiet lane to Otterton (13:19)
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Keeping cool on the way to Otterton (13:20)
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The East Budleigh Aquaduct (13:25)
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Continuing on the lane to Otterton (13:25)
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Tao finishes his coffee after lunch on the old tree stump (13:53)
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A tranquil scene at Countess Weir Bridge, Exeter (16:27)
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Tao at Countess Weir Bridge, Exeter, with the Exe Cycle Trail on the far bank of the canal (16:28)
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Interesting parking near Turf Lock on the Exe cycle trail (16:51)
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Great parking! (16:51)
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The Turf Lock and Hotel (16:54)
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Continuing towards Starcross along the Exe Estuary (16:55)



Saturday 20 April 2019
09:30 - 17:00
Day ride (Car-assisted): The Granite Way Easter Special
3 Participants: Tao Burgess, Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones
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Tao and Dillan preparing to leave Bedford car park, Tavistock (11:27)
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Bedford car park, Tavistock (11:27)
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The delightful track from Peter Tavy to the River Tavy, part of cycle route 27 (12:16)
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View to the River Tavy, from the footbridge between Peter Tavy and Mary Tavy (12:20)
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Continuing along the cycle route from the River Tavy to Mary Tavy (12:20)
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View to Brent Tor from near Blacknor Park, Mary Tavy (12:46)
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Heading offroad towards Lydford from West Blackdown, running parallel to the course of the old railway (12:59)
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The Tea Room at Lydford Gorge National Trust shortly after our chance "meeting" with Emma Watson (14:08)
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Lydford Gorge (14:16)
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Lydford Castle, Lydford (14:22)
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Tao and Dillan on Meldon Viaduct, near Okehampton (15:15)
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Tea and cakes at Okehampton Station on a very hot Easter Day afternoon (16:08)



Sunday 14 April 2019
10:15 - 15:00
Morning ride: Decided on the Day
3 Participants: Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, Jude Norris
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Dillan and Jude in Holne Woods (11:54)
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Jude and Dillan riding through Holne Woods (11:55)



Friday 12 April 2019
20:25 - 21:40
Social: Badminton
7 Participants: Harry Back, Will Bastow, Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, George Rogers, Ed Thomas (Adult, Ilsington), Mark Thomas
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Friday 5 April 2019
20:25 - 21:40
Social: Badminton
4 Participants: Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, Jude Norris, Mark Thomas
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Sunday 31 March 2019
10:15 - 15:00
Day ride (Car-assisted): Fingle Bridge
Cloudy with light mist
3 Participants: Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, Jude Norris
The last time we visited the Hunters’ Path at Fingle Bridge was in June 2014. Dillan had fond memories of it, as it was his first ever car-assisted ride, so he was keen to visit it again today.

The forecast of light cloud from 10am proved accurate as we assembled in the Steps Bridge car park at 11.15. The Dunsford Wood bridleway along the River Teign was a delight as always, although we had chosen a time of the year that was between flowers – the daffodils were mostly gone and the extensive carpets of bluebells were still a few weeks away. From Clifford Bridge we followed another riverside path to Fingle Bridge which was today swarming with visitors – probably something to do with Mothers’ Day. We quickly abandoned ideas of coffee in the Fingle Bridge Inn when we saw the queues, but nevertheless enjoyed some home-brought pastries by the river before continuing onwards up the valley.

For the next stage we climbed high through Drewston Wood to the Hunters’ Path, affording spectacular views along the valley. We stopped on more than one occasion to venture off the path to admire the scenery, and had to stop several times to allow walkers to pass. Once we reached the far end of the valley we joined the Fisherman’s Path for the return journey to Fingle, which took us close to the fast-flowing river. A flight of steep steps halfway back proved a bit of a challenge, but eventually we returned to Fingle Bridge for around 1.30.

Most people had bought their lunch by now, so we were able to order some soup and chips and settle on the best seats in the house – some comfy sofas around the wood-burning stove. We hadn’t realised just how chilly it was outside until we found ourselves falling asleep by the fire.

Michael really wanted to have at least one coffee out, so after returning to Steps Bridge again we drove to Canonteign Falls café, which was on the way home. This was nearly as busy as Fingle Bridge, but the cakes and service both made an excellent end to a fine ride.
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Jude and Dillan riding through Dunsford Wood from Steps Bridge, following the River Teign (11:29)
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Approaching the top of the Hunters Path from Fingle Bridge (12:43)
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The Hunters' Path (12:45)
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View back towards Fingle Bridge from Piddledown Common, near the Hunters' Path (12:51)
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Jude near Sharp Tor on the Hunters' Path (12:56)
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The Hunters' Path near Sharp Tor (12:57)
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Footbridge near the weir on the Fisherman's Path (13:11)
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View to the River Teign from the footbridge near the weir on the Fisherman's Path (13:13)
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A tricky climb on the Fisherman's Path heading back to Fingle Bridge (13:23)
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Climbing the steps on the Fisherman's Path (13:22)
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Jude near the Fisherman's Path and the River Teign (13:27)
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Nearing Fingle Bridge on the Fisherman's Path (13:29)
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Fingle Bridge after lunch in the Fingle Bridge Inn (14:24)
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The Fingle Bridge Inn (14:25)



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