Recent Event Reports

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Friday 9 February 2018
19:00 - 22:15
Social: Badminton

7 Participants: Harry Back, Will Bastow, Ziggy Clark, Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, Jude Norris, Mark Thomas
After a games social at Crofters we headed over to Ashburton as usual for badminton. Dillan dropped out after his first game this evening with a sore arm, but the rest of us played some excellent and challenging games.



Sunday 4 February 2018
10:15 - 13:30
Morning ride: Cancelled

0 Participants: No participants recorded for this event
With everyone either away or ill today the ride was cancelled and the youngsters used the time to revise for their mock exams.



Friday 2 February 2018
19:00 - 22:15
Social: Badminton

6 Participants: Harry Back, Will Bastow, Ziggy Clark, Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, Mark Thomas
We will always remember this evening's badminton session because a bat had found its way into the sports hall and couldn't get out. Maybe the poor lighting in the hall fooled the bat into think it was a cave! The creature was flying around in all directions for the first half hour, which was slightly concerning for most of us but apparently terrifying for Dillan who kept screaming and diving out of its way. It's therefore not surprising that he won few games this evening until the bat found its way out through one of the many doors that we had opened for it.



Sunday 28 January 2018
10:15 - 18:00
Day ride (Car-assisted): Eden Project
Drizzle and showers
9 miles
3 Participants: Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, Jude Norris
We hadn’t finalised our plans for today when Sue dropped Jude down and told us of a special deal at the Eden Project that would allow us free entry for today only. We hastily fitted the bike rack to the car and drove to a location near Lanlivery. Once the bikes had been unloaded we set off for the fairly short ride through the drizzle to the Eden Project. Our route took us through the Luxulyan Valley which offered plenty of interesting sights, including the Treffry Viaduct, an enormous construction built in the 1800s but of course no longer used for anything other than walking. Huge boulders and mossy trees reminded us in some ways of Lustleigh Cleave.

On arrival at the Eden Project we obtained our free entry and enjoyed an excellent lunch in the restaurant before touring the two biomes. We met up with Sue for a chat and later bumped into Charles and Heidi Acland who were active members of the club many years ago. There is a new high platform in the Rainforest Biome called the Rainforest Lookout. We queued to go up there, and whilst Michael did not feel especially comfortable as it swayed from side to side it was an interesting viewpoint. As usual we were disappointed that there were no real cocoa beans or coffee beans on display apart from a few mouldy ones in a viewing box that looked as though they had been neglected for years.

It was getting late so Jude returned home with his mother whilst the rest of us rode back through the Luxulyan valley to the car for a rather late return.
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Dillan and Jude by the Treffry Viaduct near Luxulyan (12:59)
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The Treffry Viaduct (13:00)
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Jude and Dillan in the very warm Rainforest Biome, Eden Project (14:17)
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Jude and Dillan at the Eden Project (14:38)
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The Rainforest Lookout, high up in the Rainforest Biome at the Eden Project (15:16)
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Dillan outside the Eden Project, on our way back to the car (15:52)



Friday 26 January 2018
19:00 - 22:30
Social: Badminton

5 Participants: Ziggy Clark, Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, Jude Norris, George Rogers
Some of our Bovey contingent were unavailable this evening but the rest of us had some enjoyable games on two courts at the Ashmoor Recreation Centre, Ashburton.



Sunday 21 January 2018
10:15 - 16:00
Day ride: Converted to Social
Mainly wet
4 Participants: Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, Jude Norris, George Rogers
The forecast of continuous heavy rain from 6am to 6pm led us to plan a badminton social today. In the event the rain wasn't as heavy as forecast, but we still had a good badminton session at Ivybridge.



Friday 19 January 2018
19:00 - 22:15
Social: Badminton

8 Participants: Harry Back, Will Bastow, Ziggy Clark, Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, Jude Norris, George Rogers, Mark Thomas
All four courts were booked for us this evening, allowing us to have some excellent matches.



Sunday 14 January 2018
10:15 - 15:50
Day ride: Week Ford Blowing House
Chilly but dry
16 miles
6 Participants: Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, Jude Norris, George Rogers, John Rogers, Will Rogers
Dartmoor once supported many small industries, chief among them being tin mining. Today’s ride took us up through Holne and past Venford Reservoir on a chilly but dry morning to find the remains of one of the Blowing Houses from the 15th or 16th centuries.

We parked out bikes at Saddle Bridge, just beyond Combestone Tor, and walked down the path along the O Brook. Both Dillan and Jude managed to get wet feet in the boggy areas either side of the first stile, and there were plenty more boggy areas along the way, but the ancient woodlands lining the picturesque brook made the quarter-mile walk very interesting.

To get to Week Ford we had to cross the O Brook, and whilst the high water levels left no easy crossing we managed to get across safely after a few abortive attempts and then started searching for the Blowing House. It was not far from the river, but we had to cross a broken fence and negotiate some boggy marshes to reach it.

This Blowing House is a listed building as it represents the rare combination of stamping mill and blowing house in two adjacent buildings. Water was brought in from the nearby O Brook by leat to power waterwheels used to operate iron stamps for crushing tin ore in the stamping house and a pair of bellows to blow air into the furnace in the Blowing House so they could reach temperatures high enough to melt the tin (232 degrees C). We found four mortar stones in the Blowing House, used to finely crush the ore ready for the furnace, and a mould stone, used to form ingots of white tin typically 40-90kg which were then sold at the nearest Stannary town, probably Ashburton. Very little had changed here since our last visit in June 1981.

Dillan chose a poor route back through the marshes and ended up with drenched feet – not ideal when the weather is so cold. We carried out the obligatory traversal of the stepping stones before heading back to the bikes, by which time our plans for continuing to Dartmeet or Widecombe in search of an open café did not seem quite so appealing. Both lads had cold, wet feet so we headed back to Holne café and ordered hot drinks and food.

We hadn’t been there more than ten minutes when John, George and Will arrived: John had been out on his first test ride since his November kidney donation, accompanied by his two lads, and Holne café had seemed like a sensible first destination. We ended up spending an hour there before heading back to Buckfastleigh together via Ridgey Cross.
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Parking the bikes at Saddle Bridge ready for the quarter-mile walk to Week Ford (12:11)
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The footpath from Saddle Bridge, following the O Brook (12:12)
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Jude and Dillan enjoying the magnificent scenery by the O Brook (12:25)
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Approaching Week Ford Blowing House from the river, with the wheel pit and furnace areas at the back (12:42)
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The Mould Stone at Week Ford Blowing House, used for forming ingots of tin (12:46)
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One of the four Mortar Stones that we found, used for grinding the small rocks of tin ore (12:50)
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View of the Blowing House from the upper end (12:52)
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View to the rear of the Blowing House showing the Mould Stone, furnace and wheel pit (12:54)
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Close-up of another Mortar Stone (12:56)
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Dillan tries to find a novel way back to the river through the boggy marshes (12:59)
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The stepping stones over the East Dart River at Week Ford (13:02)
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Jude and Dillan negotiate the stepping stones at Week Ford (13:04)
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John, George and Will (off-camera) joined the group at Holne café and rode home with us, shown here at Ridgey Cross (15:15)



Friday 12 January 2018
19:00 - 22:00
Social: Badminton

8 Participants: Harry Back, Will Bastow, Ziggy Clark, Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, Jude Norris, George Rogers, Mark Thomas
We reserved three courts for the first 13 weeks of 2018 with the option of taking the fourth on the day. Well today we needed the fourth court as usual but someone else had managed to book it! We managed with three courts by playing a few games of doubles, but from next week onwards we havd all four courts booked every week.



Sunday 7 January 2018
10:15 - 15:40
Day ride: Endsleigh Garden Centre
Sunny but cold
22 miles
4 Participants: Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, Jude Norris, George Rogers
The weather today was really quite cold at just three degrees but everyone was keen to go to Endsleigh for lunch so we set off briskly up Dean Hill, chatting briefly with Gavin near the top who was sawing up trees. By the time we reached South Brent George was regretting not finding his TOG24 gloves before the ride and suggested a visit to the warm Co-op. His fingers were extremely cold so a return home via Dartington seemed on the cards until Dillan told him to man up and loaned him his gloves.

So we pressed on to Bittaford and Ivybridge, arriving at Endsleigh just after 1pm. Now of course Dillan was beginning to understand why George had been in so much pain earlier, so we all bundled into the café for hot drinks and food.

After a quick look around the pet store we set off for home just after 2pm, aiming to get back as quickly as possible since Dillan had taken his gloves back now. Our return route took us around the Erme cycle route in Ivybridge and then home via Bittaford and South Brent. Gavin was still sawing wood as we descended Dean hill and headed for the much needed warmth of the Crofters clubroom for 3.45.
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Jude and Dillan exploring a side track near Glazebrook, South Brent (12:26)
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George near Glazebrook (12:26)
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Lunch at Endsleigh Garden Centre (13:20)
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George and Dillan at Endsleigh Garden Centre (13:58)
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Riding past the Erme near Ivybridge Leisure Centre (14:08)



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