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EAST DEVON: Cyclists cross the border on ride
Thursday, 27 February 2014
Axe Valley Pedallers (AVP) members gathered in Axminster to start their February ride.
Cyclists from various parts of the Axe Valley area gathered on Sunday, February 9th for a ride into the hills.
Some had already cycled from Seaton, Kilmington or Honiton, whilst others had coasted down the hill from Membury, or driven from as far away as Ottery St Mary.
Once everyone was assembled, the group of 12 riders set off just after 10am for a bright sunny climb up to the Barleymow’s café on the A30 outside Chard.
AVP member Rob Watson said: “The weather was very pleasant for February notwithstanding a couple of short sharp showers, necessitating the donning of rainproof garments which had to be removed almost as soon as they had been put on.
“However, such good time was made on the climb that ride leader Ben Buster Dolan decided to lead the group on a ‘scenic diversion’ down through the pretty hamlet of Narfords, where the snowdrops were admired for a few brief seconds before the cyclists picked their way precariously across the stream, only to realise that they faced a big climb back out of the valley.
“Fortunately the café was not far from the summit and the friendly staff soon served hot drinks and large slices of home-made cake to the hungry cyclists.”
After an obligatory photograph, the group returned via Wambrook and over Bewley Down, with views along the Axe valley as far as the sea, before enjoying the thrill of the long, winding descent back to Axminster.
Details of future Sunday rides (and Wednesday, Thursday and Friday rides) are available at Axevalleypedallers.org.uk and on Facebook.
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