AVP enjoy their Christmas pedal
PUBLISHED: 14:36 18 December 2012
The AVP Christmas celebrations took a different style this year with a formal ‘black tie’ evening held at the White Hart in Colyford, attended by over 50 members, including two new potential cyclists recently born to the club treasurer and chairman.
Earlier in the day the Pedalabout on Seaton seafront was the venue for riders to meet in their more normal attire of lycra, silly hats, etc. for a Christmas ride to Colyton.
About 20 riders turned up for a pleasant spin along the Axe estuary to Boshill Cross and then northwards along Cownhayne Lane. Cownhayne Lane is part of the Stop Line Way (national cycle network route 33) and is usually the first local road to be flooded.
The water was a mere six inches (150mm) deep and presented no serious barrier, although some tandem passengers were seen to put their feet on the handlebars.
The group stopped for a festive coffee and mince pie at the Colyton Tramway Café, where there was plenty of activity both on the tramway and in Santa’s Grotto, before wending its way back with a gentle pedal through Colyford and returning to Seaton.
The Stop Line Cycle Way is now making excellent progress north of Axminster with a new smooth tarmac section almost ready to be unveiled, running alongside the railway and the River Axe.
This will link with the existing section via Kilmington with a signposted route past Axminster Station and through the town. Further south, discussions are concluding on the exact route through Colyford.
The Stop Line Way will eventually stretch all the way from Seaton to the north coast of Devon. More information at www.devon.gov.uk/text/index/transportroads/cycling.
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