Aug

23Fri

Devon Coast to Coast Cycling Weekend

Gordon Conway @gordonconway

Okehampton Activity Centre / YHA - Devon
Klondyke Road

Fri, Aug 23 at 5:00 PM - Mon, Aug 26 at 4:00 PM, 2019

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THIS EVENT IS NOW FULL AS NUMBERS ARE LIMITED BY OUR ABILITY TO TRANSPORT PEOPLE AND BIKES. WE'LL PROVIDE FURTHER INFORMATION FOR THOSE WHO HAVE BOOKED SHORTLY. Whilst doing a bit more planning for our Dartmoor long weekend over August Bank Holiday we realised there was an opportunity for this rather special cycling trip to be taken over the Saturday and Sunday of the weekend with a rest day / easy cycling or walking day on the Bank Holiday Monday all using the same accommodation as the general weekend. We can probably only easily cater for 5 people who might want to do this because of the issue of transporting bikes to Ifracombe and from Plymouth but if a bigger response we will try and work out a way for this to be accomplished. The route combines the beaches and estuaries of North Devon with the lush green valleys of the Torridge, the Tavy, the Walkham and other evocative West Country rivers. The route also skirts round the western flank of Dartmoor offering superb views of Cornwall and the surrounding area. There are also many local links and spurs to explore. Largely tracing the course of former railway lines, the route takes you through tunnels and across the breathtaking viaducts and bridges bequeathed by Victorian railway engineers. Leaving Ilfracombe, the route travels south and takes you initially on a traffic free path before joining quiet roads that provide superb views of Braunton. At Braunton the route starts a 30 mile traffic free section on almost entirely level former railway lines beside the beautiful Taw and Torridge estuaries via Barnstaple, Bideford and Great Torrington to the villages of Petrockstowe and Meeth. This section of the route is known as the Tarka Trail and is perfect for families and novice cyclists. Further south to Okehampton on quiet roads the route from there to Lydford is known as the Granite Way. Between Tavistock and Plymouth the Devon Coast to Coast route is known as the Drake's Trail. This has recently been developed in to a fully traffic-free stretch of National Cycle Route with the addition of the dizzying Gem Bridge. On arrival in Plymouth the route travels along the seafront, past the National Marine Aquarium and Tinside Lido - a fantastic sea water pool in an Art Deco style. Basically you arrive Friday night with bike or these can be hired from the Centre we are staying at. Saturday morning we transfer participants and bikes to Ilfracombe for the cycle back to Okehampton. Sunday you set off from the Centre to cycle to Plymouth and we pick you up there (with bikes) for return to the Centre. As with our general package, food is provided throughout the weekend. Okehampton is easily reached by road or public transport with nearest mainline station being Exeter. Total cost for the long weekend including all food, accommodation and people / bike transfers is NOW just £89.00 which needs to be paid when you book. Bike Hire will incur additional charges. If you have to cancel more than 28 clear days before the event start date you will get a full refund less 15% cancellation fee. If you cancel with less than 28 but more than 14 clear days notice the cancellation fee increases to 50%. No refunds will be provided to those cancelling with less than 14 clear days notice. ("clear" means does not include event start date or cancellation date!)