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CTC Exeter Sunday Rides Coffee Pots Bike Bus Devon News

Devon, Dorset and Somerset Delights - Sunday 25th March

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Nine early risers, was the day the clocks changed to BST, commenced the Sunday ride from Raymonds Hill (Lyme Regis) on a rather dull, cold and misty morning.

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Our first coffee stop destination, the 800 year old Forde Abbey, a very splendid building, set amongst its own parkland, the driveway flanked by daffodils and primroses.
After tea and cake, started on our route along the lanes to West Bay, on the coast near to Bridport. We also managed to loose three riders under the excuse "only planned to go home after coffee" However I trust Arthur, Pippa and Robin found their way home.
At West Bay we sat and ate our sandwiches at the ebd of the new breakwater, attempting to find the best sheltered spot from the cold wind, repatriating to a cafe for a warming cup of tea.
We then retraced part of the route through Bridport and out into the hills again. Visiting the "Cathedral of the Vale" - the church in Whitchurch Cannonicorum. This very pretty church has attracted pilgrims and visitors since Saxon times (890 AD), mainly because it contains the genuine remains of a saint, St. Wite or St. Wita. a feature shared in England only by Westminster Abbey. This saint became a martyr who died at the time of the Vikings.
Our final Cuppa stop was at Charmouth, plus a quick look in the museum and the fossil shop, where else can you purchase items made over 60 million years ago? Our ride then went back into the hills riding a route back to the start in Raymonds Hill.
Not very good weather or a great mileage, but an extremely interesting route through the three counties, enhanced by Roger's knowledge of the area's history.

Don Buteux

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