Recent Event Reports

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Sunday 4 November 2018
14:15 - 17:00
Afternoon ride: Hembury & Holne
Rain, turning heavy by lunchtime
3 Participants: Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, Jude Norris
Weather conditions were not favourable for cycling today. Jude had been down all morning to get his maths homework completed, and since the rain was quite heavy by the time the ride was due to start we decided to cancel the ride.



Friday 2 November 2018
19:00 - 21:45
Social: Badminton
3 Participants: Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, Jude Norris
None of our badminton associates could make it this evening, probably because of half term activities, but Jude and Dillan still managed a few games of badminton while Michael watched from the sidelines, still trying to rest his elbow.



Sunday 28 October 2018
10:15 - 12:45
Morning ride: Haytor Quarry and Hundatora Village
Changed to Holne
Cold and windy
11 miles (▲ 290m)
3 Participants: Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, Jude Norris
We set off with the intention of completing our planned ride to Haytor, but before we had even reached Ashburton, we realised that the strong wind, coupled with temperatures of around four degrees, meant that the moor was not a good destination. We all had painful ears even though we were still on low ground, but Dillan was particularly badly affected.

The solution was to leave the A38 corridor and head back through the relative shelter of River Dart Country Park and Holne Woods. We stopped briefly on Holne Bridge to admire the delightful autumnal scenery, then rode up Holne Chase to the community café at Holne.

Once we had warmed ourselves with hot drinks and soups, we left at around 12:10 and took the lane down through Michelcombe to Scoriton where Jude settled down on the seat to eat his packed lunch. Leo, the farm dog from Scoriton, was out and about this morning with his friend: he did start to walk over to us from his farmhouse, but after a few steps he clearly felt he was too old to make the journey and headed back home.

We got home by 12:45 and stayed warm by the fire until Jude was collected at 2pm.
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Dillan and Jude on Holne Bridge (12:05)
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Dillan and Jude on Holne Bridge (12:05)
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Jude enjoys lunch at Scoriton while Dillan welcomes Leo's friend (13:20)
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Jude and Dillan at Scoriton (13:20)



Friday 26 October 2018
20:30 - 21:45
Social: Badminton

7 Participants: Will Bastow, Ziggy Clark, Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, Jude Norris, George Rogers, Tom Spurrell
Two were away today for half term but the rest of us enjoyed some good games of badminton at Ashmoor with some new shuttlecocks. We didn't quite get the Round Robin plan right this time for everyone to play everyone else, but we will print off a sheet next week to makes sure it works correctly.



Sunday 21 October 2018
10:15 - 16:00
Day ride: Coffinswell
To be reported
▲ 120m
3 Participants: Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, Jude Norris
The report for today's ride will follow shortly
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A tranquil scene near Tornewton, between Broadhempston and Denbury (11:18)
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Jude and Dillan at the attractive village of Coffinswell (12:01)
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This village scene is actually at the top of Barton, Torquay (12:19)
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M&S Torquay, our venue for coffee and lunch (13:27)



Friday 19 October 2018
19:00 - 22:00
Social: Badminton

9 Participants: Harry Back, Will Bastow, Ziggy Clark, Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, Jude Norris, George Rogers, Tom Spurrell (16, Bickington), Mark Thomas
Our Autumn season began with a large turnout for the badminton session at Ashmoor. Michael was unfortunately unable to play because of his elbow injury but the other eight managed to play nearly everyone else during the hour-long session of activity. Only three shuttlecocks were destroyed, one of the totally!



Sunday 14 October 2018
10:15 - 16:00
Day ride: Converted to Social
Rain
3 Participants: Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, Jude Norris
Heavy rain this morning meant that our ride was converted to a social of games at Crofters.



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

0 Participants: No participants recorded for this event



Sunday 7 October 2018
10:15 - 16:15
Day ride: Loddiswell / Avon Railway
Sunny, 12°C
33 miles
4 Participants: Tao Burgess, Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, Jude Norris
Tao rode out from Paignton this morning to join the ride – he said he spends all week driving and didn’t want to have to drive again on his day off! We rode briskly through Harbourneford to South Brent where we stopped to buy some Danish Pastries for the ride, then took the Cutwell shortcut to Wrangaton and the main road through California Cross.

Tao wanted somewhere away from the road to make a “Thing” of the Danish Pastry stop, so we pulled off the road at the footpath near Reveton which we have used many times in the past to access the Avon Railway. The path is sandwiched narrowly between a pair of hedges that cross the fields down to the river, and on previous occasions it has been somewhat overgrown. Today however it looked very passable and made a pleasant location for our refreshments, including Tao’s flask coffee.

We were already close to Loddiswell so it wasn’t long before we had found our way through the village to the Avon Mill garden centre. By now the sun was out, taking some of the chill off the autumnal air, so we were able to sit outside on the balcony to enjoy soups and chocolate layer cake – a very pleasant stop indeed.

Just around the corner from the Mill is the old Loddiswell Station, situated on what used to be the branch line from South Brent to Kingsbridge. It’s now a footpath that runs along the river Avon as far as Topsham Bridge, and today it provided us with a fabulous autumn colours as it wound its way through Woodleigh Wood. We stopped near a high rope swing so that Jude and Dillan could attempt to have some fun, but it proved to be just a little too high to be useful.

From Topsham Bridge we took the lane route past Hendham House to Moreleigh. From here we decided to accompany Tao back to Totnes and were pleasantly surprised at just how easy the road was to Harbertonford: we used to ride this road the other way in the early days of South Dartmoor, after picking up members at Totnes, but taking it in this direction was pretty much all downhill. As we rarely visit Harbertonford we stopped by the ford for some refreshments before continuing on up the hill to Luscombe Cross and Totnes.

The cycle path took us along the Dart to Dartington, where we were disappointed to see that the Venus Café has closed down. A message on the door informed us that the Shops at Dartington will be opening a new café there later this month, so we will have to return soon to see whether it is as good as Venus.

Tao left us at Huxham’s Cross for the final part of his journey home to Paignton via Red Post and Marldon, making a total ride of 46 miles for him. The rest of us took the main road back to Buckfastleigh, providing us with a speedy finish to what had been a perfect day of cycling.
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A coffee and Danish Pastry break at the start of the footpath to the Avon Railway, although today we were reaching the railway path via Loddiswell (12:12)
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Waiting for refreshments at the Avon Mill café, Loddiswell (12:33)
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The huge slab of Chocolate Layer Cake was enough for three of us (12:38)
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Jude and Dillan at the bridge over the Avon near the garden centre (13:14)
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The path along the old railway line from Loddiswell's old station (13:25)
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Jud tries hard to reach the rope swing (13:26)
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Dillan makes an attempt at grabbing the rope swing (13:27)
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Fabulous woodland scenery in Woodleigh Wood by the river Avon (13:33)
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Continuing along the old railway path towards Topsham Bridge (13:36)
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The path opens out near Titcombe Wood (13:43)
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The second bridge over the Avon in Titcombe Wood (13:45)
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Another coffee stop by the river at Harbertonford (14:44)
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Tao, Jude, Dillan and Michael at Harbertonford (14:44)



Friday 5 October 2018
19:00 - 22:00
Social: Games Evening

3 Participants: Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, Jude Norris
With Michael still suffering from Tennis Elbow the lads decided to enjoy an evening of computer games at Crofters.



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