Recent Event Reports

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Sunday 7 July 2019
10:15 - 15:30
Morning ride: Landscove
Sunny and very hot
7 miles (▲ 190m ▼ 190m)
2 Participants: Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones
Conditions were way too hot to ride very far today, so we contented ourselves with a short ride up Green Lane to the Hill House garden centre. After an hour of cooling off in the shaded gardens we returned home for 1.00.
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Dillan at Hill House Garden Centre, Landscove (12:11)
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Dillan at Hill House Garden Centre, Landscove (12:11)



Sunday 2 June 2019
14:15 - 17:30
Afternoon ride: Cancelled
Rain all afternoon
3 Participants: Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, Jude Norris
Bad weather left our ride cancelled today, but Dillan and Jude were happy doing guitar practice for the afternoon.



Sunday 26 May 2019
10:15 - 15:00
Morning ride: Dart Valley Railway
Cloudy but dry
2 miles
3 Participants: Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, Jude Norris
Today's ride must qualify as one of the shortest in our history, although it was certainly no the least enjoyable. Jude didn't know Buckfastleigh station even existed, so we rode there for a visit to the station café with the plan of doing a ride afterwards. Jude found it all very interesting and wanted to look around, so we did a tour of the whole site, visiting the museum and exploring the riverside path back around to the engine sheds. The maze which used to be a popular attraction had now been replaced with a children's play area, much to the disappointment of Dillan who remembered the maze well.

By the time we had finished our site tour there was little time for a ride so we headed homewards.



Sunday 19 May 2019
10:15 - 13:30
Morning ride: Landscove
Dry and warm with sunny spells
7 miles (▲ 190m ▼ 190m)
3 Participants: Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, John Rogers
While riding out of town we met John by Church Steps, walking his dogs. We had advertised today’s ride as Dartmeet, and the thought of that big hill had put him off coming. Once he found out we were now only going to Landscove he was much more enthusiastic, so we walked back to his home with him, gave him time to get ready and then set off at 11am for Green Lane.

We had a very nice coffee and cake each in the garden of Hill House Nursery, then set off for home at 12.15 as John needed to go to Exeter in search of a new car. This time he’s getting a Volvo, which pleased Michael no end.



Sunday 5 May 2019
10:15 - 15:00
Morning ride: Chalk Ford
Dry with sunny spells
10 miles (▲ 370m ▼ 370m)
3 Participants: Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, Jude Norris
Today’s planned ride to Dartmeet only managed to reach Silver Street before plans had to be changed: Jude’s chain jammed solid between the chainset and the chain, and Michael was unable to unjam it by the roadside. We returned to Crofters where a crank extractor tool did the trick, and when Jude had finished cleaning things, we reassembled the bike and finally set off again at 11.30.

Jude now preferred some Dartmoor off-road riding instead of Dartmeet, so we rode up to Cross Furzes and then through Lud Gate and down over the open moor to Chalk Ford. At the upper end of the track on the far side we found a pair of friendly pigs, but just when we felt we had got to know them, the owner turned up on his quad bike and informed us that “unfortunately” they will be turned into bacon and sausages later in the year. We decided not to tell him we were all vegetarian.

After descending the stony track to Scoriton we checked out the Tradesman’s Arms to see if their noticeboard advertising “morning coffees” could be believed. Well they did have a coffee machine, but when we asked the lady if they did cakes, the answer was no. Did they do teacakes? No. When we asked if they did any bar snacks, she pointed to a box of crisps! We said we meant hot snacks, so did they do omelettes or beans on toast? No, nothing like that. She showed me her Sunday menu and the cheapest item was £7.95! We left.

Two of us really wanted a coffee, so we rode up the hill to Holne community café, our traditional favourite, only to find a big sign saying the café was closed “until further notice due to unforeseen circumstance”. After waiting to speak to the elderly gentleman serving in the shop, we discovered that the woman who was doing the cooking had left unexpectedly to do another job, and they had so far been unable to find anyone to replace her. Posters in the shop signified that a crisis meeting was being held in the village on Wednesday to review the whole financial basis of the tearoom. Apparently, the café had been closed for at least three weeks, so it all looked a bit worrying.

After exhausting all possibilities of a coffee, we headed home via Scoriton, calling in to Buckfastleigh co-op so that Jude could buy a meal deal. The ride finished just after 2pm.
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Dillan and Jude descend the bridleway from Lud Gate to Chalk Ford (12:29)
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Jude and Dillan follow the bridleway to Chalk Ford (12:29)
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Heading down over the open moor towards Chalk Ford, with the old deer farm opposite (12:29)
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A pair of friendly pigs on the path towards Scoriton (12:45)
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Pigs on the path from Chalk Ford to Scoriton (12:45)
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Jude and Dillan with the pigs at the start of the stony track to Scoriton (12:45)



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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