Six of us continued to Kingsbridge. Initially the leader got lost and almost hurtled down to Ugborough; not to be recommended. A brief stop at California Cross to inspect the organic fruit and vegetable stand resulted in a punnet of strawberries being offered, gratefully received and fought over. We took the route due south of California Cross, along delightful lanes smelling of garlic in the drizzle. Then a km of off-road to avoid some hills bringing us to Knap Mill and the flooded road along the Avon valley. A hilly, twisting and unpleasant road through Sorley eventually brought us to Kingsbridge. Still raining, so shelter was sought in the bus station for a picnic lunch and then to the Munchbox cafe in the Anchor Centre for big mugs of tea.
The return route involved 2 km of the A379, not too bad, then lanes again via Hatch, Venn and Averton Gifford. The route out of Averton Gifford, near Ashford, involved another section of off-road, which was muddy by now so many decided to walk. Further small delightful lanes via The Thatcher, Mary Cross and Ermington. Still drizzling so all agreed tea (and beer) in the Crooked Spire would go down well. The sun was out when we left but still we took the quickest route to Ivybridge and Plympton. In all 43 miles and back at 5:45pm; only marginally more time spent cycling than supping and chatting! No photos due to the weather.