Saturday Leisure Ride – 6th September

YOGi Leisure Ride 6th September

Big Al is back from the Austrian Alps and this week we will head out to Princetown for our café stop at the Fox Tor.

We will meet at B&Q as usual and then make our way out of Plymouth using the traffic free Plymbridge cycle track (or National Cycle Network Route 27, if you prefer). After emerging from the tunnel we hop off the cycle track for our first leg stretcher, the hill up to Clearbrook. Once at the top we re-join the cycle track and head out to Yelverton.

From Yelverton we head out to Dousland following the main B3212 and make our way up Peak Hill and onto Dartmoor itself. The road rolls along all the way to Princetown which comes up at 14.25miles into the ride and at 1400ft or so, also marks the highest point of today’s ride (so technically it’s downhill all the way back to B&Q!!!)

Suitably refreshed with food and drink, we will return to Dousland where we will turn sharp left at the Burrator Inn and head to Burrator Reservoir. Crossing the dam itself we then head out of the valley through Sheepstor Village and climb back up onto the moor before heading down to Cadover Bridge and Wotter. At Wotter we turn right heading down Deux Alps and back to Newham Park before heading along the road through Plympton and back to YOGi Headquarters at B&Q

The ride is around 33.5 miles with a few lumpy bits but will be conducted at a 10-12mph average pace. Some good long and relaxing downhill stretches will make up for the climbing……. I promise.

Early forecasts suggest good weather, but as always, any ride across the high moors can be susceptible to sudden changes in the weather and as there are a few long downhill stretches after the café stop in Princetown it would be worth taking a gillet or windproof jacket to prevent a wind chill on the return journey.

Hope to see you there.

Big Al

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