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CTC Exeter - Newsletter July 2009

Kirby James

CTC Exeter Sunday Rides Coffee Pots Bike Bus Devon News


Wednesday Evening Rides a Success!

Wednesday Evening riders taking a break from cycling

At the start of the year Sarah Britton and Ian Hennessey decided to bring their informal Wednesday evening rides under the umbrella of CTC Exeter.

After an arduous training course both were accepted as CTC leaders. The rides have starts in both Honiton and Pinhoe (Exeter) and also attract riders from the Exeter Wheelers' Wednesday evening ten mile time trial run which starts and finishes near the A 30 Daisymount junction. The rides are similar to the well known Coffee Pot rides - the main difference being that they head to a pub rather than to a cafe!

The rides have proved to be very popular attracting up to 16 riders. Details of forthcoming rides are on-line as are reports on previous rides.

CTC Cafe List attracts over 10,000 Hits!

Over the last year CTC members across Devon have recommended over 100 cafes to be included in an on-line list. This web page has attracted over 11,500 hits and is the single most popular page on the web site.

The list of cafes is also available in a form which can be printed on a single sheet of A4 paper for handy reference.

If you have a cafe you think deserves to be included (or if you think one should be removed - some have!) please let us know

Speaking of which ... two new cafes have opened in the area ... and have made it onto our list ...

Topsham - Route 2 Cafe/Bar

Route 2 Cafe

In Topsham the old Steam Packet Inn near the Quay has been converted into a cafe / bar specifically aimed at cyclists.

They are open from 8 am to 8 pm and sell a range of food from breakfast, snacks, meals and cakes and teas, coffees, soft drinks as well as alcohol.

The cafe is at the bottom of Monmouth Street and is named after National Cycle Network Route 2 (NCN 2) which passes their front door.

The cafe also operates a bike repair facility and plans to offer bike hire in due course.

Haldon Forest - New Cafe

Haldon Ridge Cafe

Those of you who have stood shivering outside the refreshment van on the top of Haldon Hill will be pleased to know that the new (indoor) cafe has now opened.

The Haldon Ridge Cafe is sited on the Haldon Forest Park alongside the start of the mountain bike trails.

Dartmoor Cycle Map

New Dartmoor Cycle Map

Dartmoor National Park Authority have released a new cycling map for Dartmoor. The new map is different from the previous one in that it includes both Plymouth and Exeter as well as a number of new approved off-road routes on tbe Moor.

'Two-in-one cycling map of Dartmoor, one side for mountain biking, one side for cycle touring, this tough, durable, waterproof map of Dartmoor and the surrounding area is purpose-made for the outdoors. Made in cooperation with Dartmoor National Park Authority, the mountain biking side shows graded off-road cycle routes. The cycle touring side shows the network of minor roads, highlighting recommended ones. Useful information such as cycle shops, cycle hire, steep hills, is also included.'

'The cycle tourer covers the area from Exeter to Plymouth, including enlargements of Haldon Forest and the Tamar Valley. The whole of the National Park is included on the off-road map. Printed on XT40: Tough, durable, 100% waterproof. Detailed, yet easy to read. Highlights recommended minor roads. Includes all legal bike routes, steep hills, cycle shops, cycle hire. Useful local phone numbers and websites. Supplied in protective plastic pocket.'

New Crossing at Ebford

Cycle crossing at Ebford

Traffic lights have been installed at the dangerous cross roads alongside the old Ebford hotel on the A376 just south of Clyst St George.

The new facility includes a cycle crossing. This will form part of a quiet cycle route linking Woodbury with the Exe Estuary Trail.

Cyclists travelling from Topsham to Woodbury can now use the cycle path alongside the road from Topsham Bridge to Dart's Farm - and then walk along a short section of footpath which leads behind Tremlett's Boatyard to the lane up to the new crossing.

They can then ride along Old Ebford Lane, Lower Lane, Ebford Lane and Rydon Lane to Woodbury. During the working week it is also possible to miss the footpath by riding through Tremlett's Boatyard - but at weekends the site is locked.

CTC Exeter camp on Exmoor

Penny leading past the Staghunters Inn

In July John Rowland organised a very successful two day camping trip to Halse Farm near Winsford on Exmoor.

Riders were given the choice of both on-road or off road-routes and were able to enjoy the Exmoor scenery (and hills!).

A full description of the weekend's events is available online.

Another camping weekend - on-road only this time - is planned for 12/13 September based at Glastonbury.

Hospicecare Cycle Ride

Hospicecare Cycle Ride

The popular annual Honiton Cycle ride will take place on 13th September and, as usual, will be an exciting day out for families and cycling enthusiasts.

This year, organisers are also launching a brand new element to the event - the 50 mile 'Pre-Tour of Britain Challenge' - using part of the route that the official Tour of Britain riders will follow a week later when the national elite event comes to Devon.

There will also be 5 and 27 mile cycle routes around Honiton, as well as a BBQ and musical entertainment for all the family at the Wyndham Arms at Kentisbeare, which is on all the cycle routes on the day.

The event, which is expected to raise thousands of pounds, will be in aid of local charity Hospiscare, which supports hundreds of patients and their families in Exeter, Mid and East Devon every year.

The Honiton part of the event will be a fun day for all the family, open cyclists of all ages and abilities. Entrants can choose between 5 and 27 mile routes, with the 5 mile route recommended for beginners and children. The longer route will pass through Plymtree, and Kentisbeare and back via Awliscombe.

The 'Pre-Tour of Britain Challenge', which is over 50 miles long and designed for experienced cyclists, will start at Honiton and pass through Cullompton, Halberton and Tiverton using the actual roads on the Tour of Britain route, then return to Honiton via Kentisbeare.

Entry for all routes is £5 for adults and £2 for under 14s and all routes start from the Otter Inn at Weston at 10.30am. All entrants will be entered into a free draw to win one of two bikes kindly donated by Everys of Honiton.

Further information on how to register is available at http://www.honitoncyclerides.co.uk, or by calling Cycle on 01404 47211 or Alan Rowe Barbering on 01404 47535.

Tour of Britain in the South West - Thursday 17th and Friday 18th September

Tour of Britain in the South West

A reminder that the Tour of Britain will be spending two whole days in the South West this year.

On Thursday 17th September stage six will start in the Somerset town of Frome. Riders will cover 187km passing through the Somerset Levels, Bridgwater, The Quantocks and Exmoor National Park, before finishing in the estuary town of Bideford on the North Devon coast.

And on Friday 18th September stage seven will cover a further 159km. Starting in the Devon market town of Hatherleigh, competitors will ride close to the edge of Dartmoor National Park, through Crediton and Tiverton. Then down to Sidbury, Seaton and Chard, before pedalling over the finish line at Huish Park, the home of Yeovil Town Football Club in South Somerset.

Full details of the exact routes can be found at http://www.southwesttourofbritain.co.uk/

Exeter Cycle Forum Issues

New Cycle Exeter Web Pages

New Cycle Exeter Web Site

The Cycle Exeter web pages used to be embedded deep in the Exeter Council's massive web site. They have now launched a more comprehensive and separate Cycle Exeter web site which brings together all the Cycle Exeter material under one heading.

Maintenance Issues

A reminder that if you have any highway maintenance issues you want to raise you can


Sustrans Travel Smart initiative finishes in Exeter in August. A number of CTC members have taken part - delivering leaflets, canvassing and (the smart ones) organising.

There has been a greater uptake in the current phase, which is encouraging.

Sustrans will soon be publishing figures which will show whether the initiative has been successful in pursuading people to use alternatives to cars.

Transition Exeter

A proposal by Transition Exeter / Low Carbon Exeter for rural buses to carry cycles has been approved by Exeter City Council and passed upwards to influence national policy.

Exeter Wheelers

The previous arrangements to allow circuit racing at Westpoint have been stopped.

Exeter Wheelers are in negotiation with Met Office to allow racing along the ring road within their site east of Exeter.

Cycle Exeter Initiatives

  • Tour Series in city centre attracted around 10,000 spectators and was rated by the race organisers as one of the best 3 events of the series.
  • New website launched with Freedom of your City campaign.
  • A successful Cycle Sunday was held on the Flowerpot Fields.
  • Various other events were organised in Bike Week including a session pumping up tyres of passing cyclists.
  • Bike maintenance courses will be launched in Autumn.
  • Eight Week Adult cycle training courses ('Cycle to Your Hearts Content') have started in Exmouth.
  • The Hamlin Lane cycle circuit has been resurfaced.


  • Middlemoor link completed although surface undulations subject of discussion with contractor.
  • Construction work on new cycle route through Ludwell Valley Park starts soon.
  • Work started on Toucan Crossings at Ambassador Drive, West Exe College, Pinhoe Road (at Thackeray Road) and at Hennock Road in Marsh Barton.
  • Pedestrianisation of Quarry Lane was suggested a couple of years ago, but dropped due to local opposition. SWW have now put a petition to the DCC councillor, Andrew Leadbetter, supporting pedestrianisation and it will also be raised by Digby Residents Association.
  • Draft orders for the M5 junction 29 improvements are being advertised, including cycle routes. Further details on-line
  • Planning permission is being sought for the Science Park adjacent to junction 29, including cycle links, details on-line
  • A planning application will be submitted shortly for a new cycle bridge over the M5 to the Science Park.
  • A 20 mph speed limit is being proposed throughout Topsham to encourage cycling.
  • A new journey planner available at: http://exeter.cyclestreets.net/
  • A planning application has been submitted by the National Trust for a new off road cycle route between Broadclyst and Killerton - details on-line

Exe Estuary Trail

Exmouth - Lympstone

Work to stabilise the loose slopes is nearly complete.

Lympstone - Exton

Much of the boardwalk construction is complete and work on the remainder is underway. Due to mistake in Network Rail a telecoms mast has been erected in the middle of the proposed path and works are planned to construct the path around it. The path should be complete by Christmas - with an official opening in the new Year.

Exton - Topsham

Works access and site clearance has begun at the Topsham end but full scale construction - including the new bridge over the Clyst - will not get underway until 2010.

Bridge Road - Turf Locks

Path complete. RSPB hide to be built this autumn.

Turf Locks - Powderham Church

A condition of the planning consent is that some more work must be undertaken to lessen the visual impact of the new bridge over the rail-line which will replace the current unmanned pedestrian level crossing. An architect has been appointed to improve appearance of the bridge. Work will start on site in 2011.

Powderham Church - Exeleigh Junction

Work has begun to remove the markings and islands which were installed two years ago. These traffic calming measures proved to be ineffective and the section is likely to become a shared 20 mph zone.

Exeleigh Junction - Starcross - Cockwood


Cockwood - Dawlish Warren

Planning consent obtained. Construction expected to start in 2010.


CTC Exeter Sunday Rides Coffee Pots Bike Bus Devon News