AVP autumn ride to Exmoor

PUBLISHED: 09:00 19 November 2008 | UPDATED: 22:37 15 June 2010

AVP members in Bampton

AVP members in Bampton

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The Axe Valley Pedallers' second Sunday of the month ride began outside the Axe Valley at Tiverton Information Centre, and almost ended as soon as it began after a minor collision between Foggie and 66.

The Axe Valley Pedallers' second Sunday of the month ride began outside the Axe Valley at Tiverton Information Centre, and almost ended as soon as it began after a minor collision between Foggie and 66. An emergency amputation of Foggie's mudguard ensured that the ride continued. The group headed towards Uplowman as a heavy shower fell while blue sky taunted ahead. The route followed the River Lowman towards Bampton, along the tree lined valley with its myriad autumn colours. A timely puncture for Grinch and Wurzel's tandem ensured an arrival at Bampton in time for lunch. Thirteen hungry cyclists became a little worried, however, as the first few refreshment stops were only serving Sunday roast or no lunch at all! Third time lucky as the Blackberries cafe came up trumps where the majority enjoyed a delicious soup, with 'Madal' and 'Deegee' treating themselves to roast turkey with everyone eyeing up their roast potatoes. At Bampton the photo call took place where the group said goodbye to four pedallers who took a shorter route back to Tiverton while the rest carried on towards Exebridge, Nutcott, Rackenford and Calverleigh, a longer ride taking in views of Exmoor. Unfortunately, the weather took a turn for the worse and a decision was made in the driving rain to just go as far as Dulverton before looping back onto the A396 for a straight ride back to Tiverton. This back was most enjoyable once the rain eased off and there was even a little sunshine slanting through the trees to speed the group on their way. Finally there was an 'on-bike' cake sale from Bar Bunny's rack bag that raised a further £9 for the Devon Air Ambulance Trust to add to the thousand plus already raised by the Pedallers.The next event is the legendary AVP Fancy Dress Xmas ride on Sunday Dec 14. Why not join in the fun by meeting the group each Thurs night at 6.30am at the King's Arms pub Colyford Road, Seaton? Or visit www.axevalleypedallers.co.uk


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