Recent Event Reports

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Sunday 30 September 2018
10:15 - 13:09
Morning ride: Avon Dam
Cloudy and a little chilly
11 miles
3 Participants: Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, Jude Norris
Jude was a little late at the start but eventually we set off at 10:45 to ride through Coxhill Cross and up the hill past Nurston Farm. We were in fine form today and quickly arrived at Shipley Bridge, where we were surprised to see that the car park seemed to have been dug up and left much rougher than it used to be. At least the rhododendrons that had been brutally hacked to the ground on the other side of the river a couple of years ago were now growing back to heal the scars.

Continuing on up the path towards the Dam we noticed that huge piles of stones had been dumped into the river Avon at regular intervals: they really didn’t add to the general attractiveness of the area and we wondered what possible reason South West Water could have had for despoiling the area in this way, since the river bed does not appear to have suffered any significant erosion in the thirty or more years we have been visiting it.

Jude asked a very sensible question about the origins of the old ruins on the left of the path. They mark the location of Brent Moor House, a mansion that was later a youth hostel until 1955. When the dam was built higher up the valley the Water Authority decided that the hostel would have to close, and a few years later they allowed the army to blow it up as part of their training exercises.

The reservoir was nearly full today after a very dry summer, but we didn’t stay long to admire the views, pressing on along the rough path that led us to the Abbot’s Way bridleway across the moor. From here we rode up to Gripper’s Hill where views opened out across the whole of South Devon, from Kingsbridge to Widecombe. We then enjoyed the great downhill ride across the moor, through Water Oak Corner and onwards to Cross Furzes, concluding an excellent moorland morning ride. Both Dillan and Jude rode easily through the ford today, although Jude did get a pair of wet feet in the process.
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Dillan and Jude by the Avon on the path up to the Avon Dam (11:54)
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Brent Moor House, Shipley Bridge, as it used to look in its heydey
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The Avon Dam, almost full (12:21)
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The Avon Dam, looking back to the open moor (12:22)
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Gripper's Hill, offering spectacular views over the whole of South Devon (12:37)
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Teignmouth, Newton Abbot and Torquay, from Gripper's Hill (12:37)
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The great descent towards Cross Furzes, at Water Oak Corner (12:45)
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Jude successully negotiates the ford near Cross Furzes (12:57)



Friday 28 September 2018
19:00 - 22:00
Evening ride: Salmon Leap Café
Dry but cold
4 miles
3 Participants: Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, Jude Norris
For our last evening ride of the season we decided on a fairly short ride around Hockmoor, bringing us via Buckfast Abbey to the Salmon Leap café. Here we enjoyed hot chocolates and cakes before heading homewards for computer games at Crofters.
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Dillan and Jude on Holne Road, just outside Buckfastleigh (19:54)



Sunday 23 September 2018
10:15 - 15:00
Morning ride: Converted to Social
Spells of rain
3 Participants: Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, Jude Norris
Jude arrived today without his bike as it was raining when he left Ilsington. We did get some spells of rain at Buckfastleigh during the morning, so it was probably a good decision. After computer games at Crofters we drove to Plymouth for coffee at Costa, Marsh Mills and then spent some time reviving our interest in Pokemon Go by collecting Pokemon outside the café, at Tesco Lee Mill and again at Buckfast Abbey.



Friday 21 September 2018
19:00 - 22:00
Evening ride: Converted to Social
Dry
3 Participants: Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, Jude Norris
Dillan and Jude had a good deal of homework to catch up on this evening, so we spent the evening on schoolwork and computer games.



Sunday 16 September 2018
10:15 - 15:00
Morning ride: Widecombe-in-the-Moor
3 Participants: Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, Jude Norris
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Leaving the Café on the Green, Widecombe-in-the-Moor (12:54)
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Dillan and Jude at Widecombe (12:57)
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The Leusdon ducks didn't ruffle too many feathers when we called in to see them (13:36)



Friday 14 September 2018
19:00 - 22:00
Evening ride: Decided on the Day
0 Participants: No participants recorded for this event
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Sunday 9 September 2018
10:15 - 15:00
Morning ride: Bovey Tracey
4 Participants: Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, Jude Norris, John Rogers
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Michael at Café Three Sixty, Bovey Tracey (12:42)
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Jude and Michael at Café Three Sixty (12:43)
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Jude, Dillan and John at Café Three Sixty (12:48)
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Enjoying the outdoor gym equipment in the park at Bovey Tracey (13:14)
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A short stop at a roadside stall near Bickington on the way home (14:11)



Friday 7 September 2018
19:00 - 22:00
Evening ride: South Brent
3 Participants: Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, Jude Norris
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Fabulous sunset sky from the lane between Marley Head and Harbourneford Cross (20:40)
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Jude and Dillan on the lane to Harbourneford Cross (20:41)



Sunday 2 September 2018
10:15 - 15:00
Morning ride: Decided on the Day
0 Participants: No participants recorded for this event
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Friday 31 August 2018
19:00 - 21:30
Evening ride: Decided on the Day
0 Participants: No participants recorded for this event
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