New ground as club continues to expand

PUBLISHED: 17:22 13 May 2009 | UPDATED: 23:31 15 June 2010

Axe Valley Pedallers: Today s Axe Valley Pedallers monthly Sunday ride began with pleasant warm sunshine. It was also the first joint club ride with the Exeter section of the Cycle Touring Club (CTC) of Devon - and our first official joint ride with another club.

Axe Valley Pedallers: Today's Axe Valley Pedallers' monthly Sunday ride began with pleasant warm sunshine.

It was also the first joint club ride with the Exeter section of the Cycle Touring Club (CTC) of Devon - and our first official joint ride with another club. So here we are breaking new ground with AVP again as the club continues to expand.

The Exeter CTC group met us at Seaton Tourist Information Centre (TIC), near the tramway and cycled with us for Bondie's now annual Bluebell ride. This swelled the number of cyclists to 41!

Many of the Exeter group had cycled from near East Hill Strips near Ottery St Mary and many had come from Mid and South Devon to take part in AVP's May monthly ride.

The ride, as usual, took us to Lyme Regis via Boshill Cross.

Turning right and then quickly left towards Lower Bruckland farm, we were soon off the main roads and into glorious Devon countryside.

Musbury, quickly came and went, along with the climb through Trill, and onto Woodhouse Hill, notable for the many splendid Bluebell areas and woodland.

Through Yawl, the cyclists arrived at Lyme and spent an hour or two on the beach where a picnic was taken for lunch.

The return journey was through Lyme streets via Haye Lane and into and out of Uplyme, cycling under the Cannington Viaduct and the last uphill stretch of Shapwick.

Here a quick rest and it was onto to the A3052 and through Axmouth village before cycling along the Axe Estuary and onto the usual finish at the Concrete Bridge at Axmouth Harbour.

Thanks go to Bondie for leading the ride and a special thanks to Kirby James and all those at Exeter CTC who joined in for the ride.

The club looks forward to Exeter hosting AVP in the autumn.

A beautiful ride in very pleasant warm sunshine with stunning Bluebell flora.

l To see what else your local and social cycling club gets up to, go to the website www.axevalleypedallers.co.uk All are welcome to join in the fun.

Quiff's Quest: On Easter Sunday, the Axe Valley Pedallers took to the Granite Way, near Okehampton, in the spring sunshine for a leisurely 25-mile ride from Okehampton to Lydford and back.

An early attempt by 'Foggie' to sabotage the ride by having a clipless pedal malfunction failed despite nearly squashing ride leader, Quiff.

The Granite Way follows a former railway line resulting in a largely traffic-free and relatively flat route.

The route is in quite an elevated position giving beautiful views towards Bodmin in the West and the edge of Dartmoor in the East.

There are a couple of interesting features along the way, including the Meldon Viaduct and the ruins of a Norman Castle.

A very pleasant coffee stop was enjoyed at the Lydford Waterfall cafe.

Thanks go to Quiff for organising this ride which took AVP out of the Axe Valley.

This was a very enjoyable, family-friendly ride that may also be repeated in the summer.

By Darren Rogers

Axe Valley Pedallers


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