But He-Ho today was more sunny and no wind, so still a good move. There was the usual 4 of us, myself, Andy P, Graham B & Dave Newman, so with bright blue sky`s we set off towards Wrangaton. It was then skirting South Brent and on through Harbourneford,Buckfastleigh and into Ashburton, through the town heading north to Linhay Business Park & the cafe next to Bigpeaks cycle shop. We decided to have a look round the cycle shop and their vast array of electric bikes,definitely worth a visit for those contemplating the next move up from brute force of our basic bikes.The cafe next door was good as well and not to expensive, (Larry) also worth a visit.
It was then back down to the town taking the first left, the right & left again heading for Chuley Cross, but to get there we had a mammoth climb up a long hill. Turning left at the top we headed for Landscove and made a right turn to join the lanes heading for Staverton. We had a small break at Tidwell to admire the nice blooms of Cyclamen`s around the base of a chestnut tree with loads of conkers on the ground. Graham & Dave decided to grab some to take home in the hope that someone would challenge them to a game of conkers, (any offers) Andy decided it was a banana break and treated us to the sight of his new keep fresh banana box of bright yellow plastic, see some photos of his proud new purchase. We then carried on to Ben`s cafe for our second coffee & cakes.
The trip back was up to Rattery and then South Brent where we stopped to discover "The Island" which had featured on Radio Devon and Dave had heard of through a friend. I thought I new South Brent like the back of my hand , having done lots of work there when I was in business, but did`nt know it existed. They even have a South Brent Island Trust. So anyone interested in local history its worth a visit, it situated behind St Petroc`s Church.
After our burst of local history, it was back to the station car park after a very enjoyable ride and mostly bright blue sky`s. My speedo said 38.6 miles covered.