Twin town cyclist join Axe Valley Pedallers

PUBLISHED: 18:37 19 September 2012

Axe Valley Pedallers with their French twins

Axe Valley Pedallers with their French twins


The Axe Valley Pedallers’ Sunday ride had a French flavour as it was joined by seven cyclists from Douvres-la-Deliverande, which is twinned with Axminster, writes Robert Watson.

The visitors were keen cyclists and had already spent the previous two days cycling from Portsmouth to Axminster, where they were greeted by AVP members and led through the town to a civic reception at the Guildhall.

With 14 members of the AVP, seven from France and one from the Twinning Association the group was a colourful sight along the A358 to Axmouth - although the French cyclists did question why the English drivers appeared so stressed on such a beautiful Sunday morning.

Then it was into the quiet lanes and up the hill to Rousdon, turning to enjoy the views and the descent through Combpyne before stopping at the peaceful Lakeside café in the Lower Bruckland nature area for refreshments.The group was then taken along grassy paths by Ben ‘Buster’ Dowell, to join the back road to Musbury where they said ‘au revoir’ as the group split up to make for home, with promises to meet again.

●AVP rides are every Thursday evening, Friday mornings and some Sundays. Details at

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