Exeter teds ride
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Sunday 19th May 2013
Hi All !
I thought you might be interested to know a little more of my thoughts for our ride on 19th May, as there is, as usual, something for most riders:
We start at Sampford Peverell at 09.00 (yes 9, not 10) to take advantage of the long daylight we have this time of year and ensure we have lots of time to enjoy this lovely ride. It is about an hour to the coffee stop at the Exeter Inn in the Exe Valley where we should have been able to admire the bluebells along the route.
Those who are unable to make a 9 start at Sampford can easily make a 10 start at the Exeter Inn (John ?). And, although the pre-coffee route takes in some lumps, it is possible to avoid most of them for those who so wish. The 10 am start at the Exeter Inn will hive off about 20 miles, too.
After coffee we ride to Black Cat and then up the well-graded South Molton road before turning off and heading through the lanes, past a place called "Bowdens" and arriving at Tuckers Moor, then crossing the South Molton road and heading up onto Exmoor.
A shortened version is possible by staying on the South Molton road, which is well-graded and carries light traffic. On reaching the moor at Five Cross Ways, our route turns left and out across the high moor for lunch at Withypool, which has seats beside the river, a cafe and a pub.
This is riding of the very best (in good weather) and is really not to be missed. However, for those with smaller reserves of energy, then it is possible at Five Cross Ways to take a right and head for Dulverton - a place in which it is no penalty to spend a few happy hours whilst waiting for those with more energy to rejoin the group later in the day, as the longer route also passes through Dulverton, where tea may be taken. This shortens the route to around 40 miles, which could be attractive to many. And, if starting at 10 from the Exeter Inn, then it is possible to ride about 25 miles to Dulverton and back, part of which would be with the main group. So lots of options for all abilities.
A more gentle later part of the ride takes us down the lovely Lowman Valley and Whitnage and back to Sampford. Here, those without constraint can take tea at the golf driving range - a very good cafe indeed for those who have never experienced its charms. The complete ride is about 61 miles
I look forward to seeing you on the 19th
Kind regards Ted