This ride is almost a carbon copy of the route I led back at the beginning of October which proved to be quite popular with those that struggled in the headwind to Princetown. Hopefully, the weather will be good this time although early forecasts are for rain and more strong winds…… A typical November then!
We will meet at B&Q as usual and then head out through Plympton to Newnham Park where we will turn left and head up the first climb of the day. After the descent and subsequent second climb up to Wotter, we will bear right at the crossroads and head out past Cadover Bridge following the road around to the left before plunging down into the valley, across the River Meavy and back up Gratton Lane into Yelverton.
We will aim to leave Yelverton no earlier than 10.00am which should allow those not meeting us at B&Q to join the ride at this point.
We then head out of Yelverton and make for Walkhampton, where we turn sharp left in the village and head towards Horrabridge. We leave Horrabridge via Jordan Lane and follow the rolling route across to Morshop. Turning right at the cross roads with the main B3357, we will head up the climbs of Pork Hill and Rundlestone.
Rundlestone marks the highest point of the ride at around 1425ft.
The café stop will be at the Fox Tor in Princetown, one of the most popular YOGi hangouts.
After refreshments, we will head back down the main B3212 towards Plymouth taking care not to overshoot the left turn at the Burrator Inn where we will take the road out towards the reservoir. This is where we differ slightly from the earlier route in that we will not be turning left for the reservoir but instead drop down into Meavy village and head over the little humped back bridge (or across the ford if you’ve had your brave pill) and up the short but sharp climb towards Cadover Bridge and Wotter before finally going down into Newnham again, along the main road through Plympton and back to YOGi Headquarters at B&Q.
The ride is around 47 miles and will be at a conducted at a 12mph average pace.
It should be noted that the 12mph pace reflects the ride as a whole. If the road conditions and rider abilities on the day allow (and it is safe to do so), the pace could well be higher at times to make the most of any good stretches of tarmac.
We will however not leave anyone behind and will aim to regroup at the top of the major climbs so that riders who are perhaps making the step up from the YOGi Leisure Ride can take advantage of sheltering in a group and not struggling individually.
Hope to see you there.