There were five of us gathered on the Ridgeway for Sunday's ride to Princetown, they consisted of Graham B, Graham R, Trevor, Dave, and my good - self. It was a fine sunny day as we set off from the Ridgeway via Newnham Park to Lee Moor. Having conquered the [deux - alps} the next stage was Cadover Bridge and Sheepstor. Once on the main road for Princetown Trevor decided to take the Puffing Billy route whist the rest of us climbed relentlesly to reach the summit of Peek Hill. Having conquered the hardest part of the ride the rest was plain sailing apart from Devil's Elbow whereupon Princetown was in sight. Our coffee break at the Fox Tor Cafe soon turning into a lunch stop, as by now it was past noon as we sat outside amongst many other cyclists enjoying the glorious weather. Having finished our lunch Trevor suddenly appears having completed the Puffing Billy route. By now Dave decided he would depart with Graham R as he wanted to watch the football so we bade our farewells to them. Half an hour later we were heading home ourselves, flying down Peek Hill Graham missed the turning for Burrator luckily realizing this he waited for us by the Pub turn - off further on. From there it was Meavy and an incredible steep climb where we were confronted by an endless stream of motor bikes, at least 50, which was not the order of the day! Dazed and confused we returned to normality once more and headed towards Cadover Bridge and joined the throngs of motorists for a well earned ice cream - break. Leaving Trevor at the Lee Moor turn off Graham and I trundled back to Plympton were we bade our farewells, having covered a respectable 37 miles.
We assembled today at the station car park with what resembled a cycling touring club, all 7 of us, the best turnout for a while. There was Myself, Graham B, Andy P, Dave Newman, Mike Willacy, John Durham & Neil Crowley out of hibernation after the long winter.
We set off towards Wrangaton then down to Avonwick to pick up the back lanes to Harberton, taking in Yogi hill. Then a climb up to the main Totnes/Kingsbridge road, turning left then first right to take us down to Ashprington were Dave discovered he had a puncture. Suspecting it was the valve he pumped it up hoping it would last him to the Vineyard, so it was climb the hill up to the entrance and then the long downhill to the Vineyard.Dave had to stop to pump up his front tyre again and had to walk the last hundred yards as it was a puncture, he discovered he also had a hole in the wall of the tyre so had to put a bit of card inside to carry out repair.
After Tea/Coffee, Neil had a glass of wine, we picked up the lower track to pick up the cycle path to Totnes. Then it was through Totnes to pick up the cycle path to Dartington, just before the Railway station the path was closed with a big hole blocking our way,but Dave said Oh! we can get round that, so we negotiated our way along a narrow edge of tarmac and holding on to the fence to round it. (see Picture) It was then on to Dartington to join the road just above the church, then a track through North Wood to join the Staverton road just before the Bridge over the Dart, were we stopped for a group photo. It was then on to Ben`s cafe/farmshop for our second stop.
Fully refreshed we joined the main A384 turning left and over the Dart river again, and then first right on to the Old Totnes road to Buckfastleigh. It was then back home on the usual route through South Brent and back to Ivybridge Railway Station Car Park. I had 39.8 miles on the clock with an added 2 mile back to my house, it had now started to get really hot so we were glad to finish, also it was nice to see everyone had lasted the course, even Mike who normally has some pressing engagement to do at home.
Four of us turned up at the Ridgeway they included myself, Graham B, Dave Newman, Neil Crowley on his new Boardman bike which stole centre - stage. The ride included the Bere Peninsula which was almost cancelled owing to weather warnings
Setting off from the Ridgeway we were soon on the Plym Valley cycle path heading towards Bickleigh from their it was Roborough down and Lopwell where we had our coffee break whilst admiring the wildlife. After coffee and crossing the dam we were soon heading towards Bere Ferris after conquering the track that led to it. A few more ups - and - downs and we were at Weir Quay and found a bench to admire the view. It was soon upwards and onwards to Tavistock with a few more hills thrown in, much to everyone's delight. Once in Tavistock it was Morrison's for a top up. Leaving Tavistock We decided on taking the Drake's trail and homeward bound once more. A great day with good company plus good weather.