Recent Event Reports

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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)



Friday 29 March 2019
20:25 - 21:40
Social: Badminton
4 Participants: Will Bastow, Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, Mark Thomas
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Sunday 24 March 2019
10:15 - 15:00
Morning ride: Decided on the Day
Cancelled
Sunny and fairly warm
0 Participants: No participants recorded for this event
Sadly, nobody was available to ride on this beautiful sunny day, so the ride was cancelled.



Friday 22 March 2019
20:25 - 21:40
Social: Badminton
4 Participants: Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, Jude Norris, Mark Thomas
There was a very social attitude to the event this evening, with a lot of light-hearted discussion about Brexit amongst other things. The other main news of the evening was that Michael was actually able to play some games with his right arm for the first time since he got Tennis Elbow last September. He was over the moon about being able to play properly again, and whilst he luckily won two of his games tonight I suspect people were just chatting too much to play seriously - it will take a while for him to return to his usual form.



Sunday 17 March 2019
10:15 - 15:00
Morning ride: Harbertonford
3 Participants: Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, Jude Norris
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Scenery near Blakemore Cross, Harberton (11:37)
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Jude and Dillan in Harberton (11:45)
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Cakes, Jams and Cards for sale in Harberton (11:45)
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Testing the furniture in the attic showroom at Nkuku, Harbertonford (12:29)
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The attic showroom at Nkuku (12:29)
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Nkuku, Harbertonford (12:35)
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Jude and Dillan outside the village shop at Harbertonford (12:57)
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The village shop, Harbertonford (12:58)
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The famous Leech Well, hidden in the back streets of Totnes (13:28)
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The HEP station on the river Dart at Totnes, in full flow today after the recent rains (13:50)



Friday 15 March 2019
20:25 - 21:40
Social: Badminton
Cancelled
0 Participants: No participants recorded for this event
Nobody was available to play tonight, so the event was cancelled.



Sunday 10 March 2019
10:15 - 15:00
Morning ride: Harbertonford
Cancelled
Very windy
0 Participants: No participants recorded for this event
Once again, bad weather put people off so the ride was cancelled.



Friday 8 March 2019
20:25 - 21:40
Social: Badminton
2 Participants: Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones
Report to follow



Sunday 3 March 2019
10:15 - 15:00
Morning ride: Decided on the Day
Cancelled
Very windy with spells of rain
0 Participants: No participants recorded for this event
Nobody wanted to ride in today's wet and windy weather so the ride was cancelled.



Friday 1 March 2019
20:25 - 21:40
Social: Badminton
5 Participants: Will Bastow, Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, Jude Norris, Mark Thomas
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