Author Archives: Chris Glazier

Springtime jaunt to Blackpool Sands – C ride Sat 9th April

Off to Balckpool sands this week, route is out via the Ridgeway through Ivybridge, Wrangaton and up to South Brent before heading across to Avonwick and then up to Morleigh.  A short stretch on the main road before we pick up on the fast stretch across to Dartmouth and around to a well earned stop at Blackpool Sands. Post coffee it’s along Slapton before hanging a right up 5 mile hill (yes it is!) and then crossing the main road to head back through Morleigh and down Gara Bridge (yes it does mean up the other side the wrong way!) … Read more…

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C ride ….clockwise Gunnislake and Pork/Merrivale – 2nd April

Joint leaders this week for the C ride thanks to Kim Wiltshire who will be assisting me. This week’s route will see us initially head for Cornwall via the bridge, meet us there if you wish just before 09:45am, after that it’s the main road towards Callington before turning off towards Hatt and then heading North on the quieter roads to come out just before Callington.  Should have the wind behind us heading North until we head East to Gunnislake and then the easterly climb out to Gulworthy.  After Gulworthy we stay on the main road into and through Tavistock (no … Read more…

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Sat 20th Feb, ‘C’ ride, Venford to the year – almost!

Yes, it’s almost a year to the day since we jumped in at the deep end and ventured up to Venford reservoir, time to do a little bit of climbing.  As always the perfect time to head east over the moor is with a tail wind to help us, forecast for Saturday is dry with 23Kts of tail wind…until we head home that is! Route is up the cycle track to Yelverton, picking up any late risers and leaving there at 10.  Straight up Peak Hill and on through Princetown (regroup at the National trust centre) and head on toward … Read more…

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Lydford and Chillaton, C ride 23rd Jan

So, dry, bright and mild with a Southerly wind, perfect for a little trip up to Lydford and around the Classic loop against the flow! From B&Q up the cyclepath to Yelverton, late risers as always very welcome and will not depart Yelverton before 10…sharp! 🙂 We’ll head down to and through Horrabridge picking up Jordans Lane and across to Batterbridge Hill. once on the main road we’ll take a short stint towards Tavi but turning well before and heading up the climb towards Brent Tor. next we’ll pass through Lydford and then follow the reverse of the Classic route to … Read more…

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Showery day, SW’ly breeze, perfect for a jaunt to Jay’s Grave, C ride Sat 9th

Yep, according to the great BBC forecasters we are set for a nice SW’ly breeze this weekend to give us a great shove across the moors, might be a few showeres on the way but time has come and we cannot avoid them any more! Saturday’s ride will head up the cycle path but jump onto Roughborough Down at Clearbrook to avoid the mud a bit further on, meet us at Yelverton for a 10:00 departure for any wanting a lie in.  Normal route from here straight up Peak Hill and across to Princetown for a regroup.  Then it’s downwind … Read more…

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‘C’ ride 7th Oct. CANCELLED sorry but wind not safe for a group 😟

Yep, according to the BBC weather at this time the forecast for Saturday is….WET, WILD and WINDY! 🙁   So, trying to plan a sheltered (ha ha) route as possible, not too long, but still worthwhile…hence it’s off to Buckfastleigh for a bit of train spotting it is! 🙂 Route will take us out via Sparkwell and Cornwood, around the back of Ivybridge, up to Wrangaton and through South Brent to Marley Head.  Now here is the really great bit of road down into Dartington, and this week with a pretty strong wind to help us along! 🙂  From Dartington it’s … Read more…

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‘Lynda’s mystery tour’… ‘C’ ride through Kingsbridge

Posted on behalf of Lynda Budd who will be leading this weekend’s ‘C’ ride   Standard route out of Plymouth through the ridgeway and on to Ivybridge where we cross over to Ermington and head up the valley, at the head of the valley we’ll carry straight on and over to Avonwick before routing across to Moreleigh.  After Moreleigh we’ll head towards Slapton but turn off before reaching there and take the back roads down to Kingsbridge. Riding up the hill through Kingsbridge we’ll then head straight over to Loddiswell which comes at 35miles in for our well earned cake and … Read more…

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Saturday C Road Ride 24th October… Foxtor calling 🙂

A return to a route we did a few months ago, going to be showery, sunny, mild, but mainly breezy!!  so what better time to take a trip up Pork and Merrivale with a nice push from the West? 🙂 The route will take us along Eggbuckland road out to the bridge…any late risers meet us there, (we’ll leave there no earlier than 0935), after that we’ll take the new bridge over the Carkeel roundabout and head up the Callington road.  When we reach the Hatt roundabout we’ll decide on either the back road or the main road, decided by … Read more…

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Saturday C Road Ride – 26th September

The first autumn Saturday and a forecast easterly breeze to blow us home, the only way to cross the moor with a tail wind! 🙂 This week’s route will see us head out through Plympton, Ivybridge, South Brent, Buckfastleigh to the Dartmoor Lodge (no stopping!) before a leg warmer (if not already warmed up!) up the Peartree climb.  We’ll regroup at the small carpark adjacent to the cattle grid which marks the top, to allow the leader (from the rear!) to catch up!  From there it’s a due North route passing Jay’s Grave ( info click here ) before we pick … Read more…

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‘C’ Ride to Brentor, Saturday 12th Sept

Nice little trip North this week with a gentle warm up to Yelverton on the Plymbridge cycle track, for any slow starters wishing to meet us there we’ll leave no earlier than 10:00…you know who you are!  A short trip on the main road takes us down to Horrabridge and then towards Tavistock via Whitchurch.  In Tavistock we’ll head past Tavistock college and then up the gentle climb to join the Bere Alston road.  Regroup here before a trek North towards and over the roundabout at Gulworthy and on toward Chillaton.  Before we get there we’ll take the right and … Read more…

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Blackpool Sands here we come…’C’ ride 25th July

All in the title, sunny and dry is the forecast – perfect for a trip to the coast for the first day of the holiday season 🙂 Out via Ivybridge, up the valley and across to California Cross before a little leg stretch up Gara Bridge, across to Dartmouth and down to the lovely Blackpool Sands for a cake and swim?? Post swim it’s up and across to Slapton before heading back through Kingsbridge, Avonwick and a blast back down the Ermington valley.  Plan at the end of the valley is to continue on the main road back towards Plymouth … Read more…

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Train spotters delight…Saturday 20th ‘C’ ride

So, how many will we see out this weekend given it’s the ‘Classic’ on Sunday? Nice easy ride this week, a trip down to Buckfastleigh station café, route is via the Ridgeway, Ivybridge, Wrangaton, South Brent and then a lovely stretch down to Dartington, before a loop across to Buckfastleigh and the café stop.  Route home is the most direct possible…South Brent, Wrangaton, Ivybridge, and the Ridgeway back to the start. Forecast is light showers to start but then some sunshine….see you all on Saturday.  (and good luck to all those riding the classic on Sunday) Full route can be … Read more…

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Saturday C Road Ride – 30th May…. Gunnislake, Pork and Merrivale to the Foxtor

Expecting a smaller group this week with all those brave souls attempting Sunday’s Grand Fondo in some not too nice forecast weather. For us it’s light rain and SSWly winds.

This week’s route will see us initially head for Cornwall via the bridge, meet us there if you wish just before 10:00am, after that it’s the main road towards Callington before turning off towards Hatt and then heading North on the quieter roads to come out just before Callington. Should have the wind just about behind us here as we head East to Gunnislake and then the easterly climb out to Gulworthy. After Gulworthy we stay on the main road into and through Tavistock (no stopping at Bob’s please!) and then the climb up Merrivale and Pork Hill to the Foxtor. Read more…

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Saturday C Road Ride – 16th May

Going to be dry and not toooo windy! hence perfect for a trip across the moors 🙂 Route will be the cycle path up to Yelverton, meet those late risers, and we will leave Yelverton no earlier than 10am.  Peak hill and straight through Princetown to cross the moor heading towards Mortenhampsted, as we descend off the moor however we will take a right turn and head due South passing Jay’s Grave, this will bring us out at the top of Pear Tree which we’ll descend before taking the route back via Buckfastleigh which is where we will take our … Read more…

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Saturday A Road Ride – 2nd May…. train spotters delight 🙂

So, forecast is a strong wind from the East for Saturday so we need that to push us home, hence a trip out to Buckfastleigh is the order of the day. Route will take us out via Cornwood and into Ivybridge, a little headwind then as we head out past Wrangaton to Marley Head where we’ll take the lovely stretch down into Dartington.  Busy stretch of road next as we join the Totnes road out to the A38, tight group will be the order of the day and we then get rewarded with a café stop at Buckfastleigh station…and given … Read more…

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