Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th October, 2018 – CTC Cornwall Long Autumn Ride with overnight stay at Hayle – cycling through all weathers; beautiful views; and not too many hills!

For our Sunday route click here.  101 km (60 miles) and 1124 m climbed.

For full write up, see Ann W-B’s blog on Liskeard Velo FB page – but this was a spectacular ride with staggeringly beautiful views.  I had been anxious about taking part, having been unwell for a couple of weeks beforehand, but it was so well planned, I was able to enjoy all of it.  For Pete and me, Saturday was a downhill ride from Four Lanes to Hayle in a bit of wind (just had to hang on more tightly at the gateways to tackly those extra strong gusts); and Sunday gave us the least hilly route through the length of Cornwall to date (thank you, David!).  Lovely to enjoy supper the night before with all the group and with Anna.  Look forward to this ride becoming an annual event, perhaps.

 

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Autumn Day-time Social Ride – beautiful autumn colours; and John joins the “outdoor girls” for their jaunt to Tredinnick farm cafe

For our route click here   19 miles (380m of climbing)

Having huge fun with these autumn rides – this one warm, sunny and stunning autumn colours and, note, less than 400m of climbing!  Great to have Connie with us.  John making fun of the Kinahan lightweight bike; tea on the terrace at Tredinnick (hence the staff asking him if he was with the “outdoor girls”); AND FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER – we had to wait while a train passed at the crossing down by the cherry pickers!

 

Wednesday 26th September – first of our day-time autumn social rides – sunny splendour, beautiful berries and … inevitably, the cream tea at Jamaica Inn!

For our route  click here36 km (24 miles)  316 m climbed.

 

I really loved this ride – a gentle stroll through the autumn countryside and only 316m climbed.  Only hazards were meeting up with my dressage trainer (Marc) on his horse and stopping long enough for a tractor driver to call out,  “Run out of petrol, ‘ave ee?”  before disappearing round the corner chuckling.  Next week our café stop will be The Halfway House, Polbathic.

Saturday 1st September, 2018 – Liskeard Ladies indulge in trip to Island View Café, Hannafore

For our route click here  40 km (28 miles) 500 m climbed

Lovely gentle ride into Looe via Duloe and Tredinnick.  The perfect relaxing coffee break overlooking Looe Island with the usual chat about ‘all-sorts’ (a great chance to catch up on everyone’s summer adventures) – and then back along the Looe Valley road and St. Keyne well.  A charming start to September.  So lucky to be part of this group!

 

Saturday 11th August – CTC Cornwall long summer ride, Liskeard to Barnstaple – eleven enjoy quite a cycle adventure with stoats, storms, steam trains, supper and sea views.

Our route:  60 miles (98 km); 1270 m climbed.  (Although, as you can see from the Strava screen shot below, Susie and I might have joined the group a bit later for a very comfortable 38 miles (61.5 k) and considerably less climbing!)

My confident note that the forecast was “good”  looked less likely by Saturday morning but our group set off in a bit of drizzle optimistic as ever that the downpour might be less severe than promised and would not spoil our annual summer outing.  A very big thank you to Mary for delivering a crate of beer and wine to the beginning to top up our picnic for the end of the ride.

It was lovely to have Kaja with us, trying out a longer ride after a nasty accident in the spring. Mike was geared up for the weather with the latest version of a retro cycle cape; and John had had an unlucky encounter with a pothole on his way in from Callington  which meant a couple of punctures and a bit of a delay with the start.

 

Any weather issues were forgotten on the road up from Rilla Mill to Coads Green as the group stopped to watch a mother stoat and her babies eating another small mammal on the side of the road – quite a rare sight for these normally secretive animals.  A welcome break for coffee at Number Eight Cycle Café in Launceston and then down the hill and north on the A386 to meet Ann and Susie at St. Giles on the Heath – 20 miles from the start.

 

Now the heavens opened and we all began to wonder what it might be like to be at home with a mug of hot chocolate.  However, a good warming roll along the ridgeway to Halwill Junction was a boost to our spirits and by the time we reached The Junction PH (30 miles from start) the rain had petered out and, in fact, it would then stay dry to the end of the ride.

After our pub  lunch we headed north again towards Sheepwash – mostly level straight road with a final down and up into this very traditional and pretty north Devon market village.  Here Ann W-B had her van waiting and we waved her off so she could get home for a social engagement  (would like to know where she gets her energy from!).  More gently undulating roads and then a downhill to Petrockstowe where we met up with both the Tarka Trail and Neil for the final 20 miles along to Fremington Quay, just this side of Barnstaple.  I always find cycling along railway line tiring and so was pleased to reach our tea stop at The Puffing Billy (50 miles from the start).  From here to the end, the Tarka Trail had a welcome smooth tarmac surface and we could enjoy the waterside views and incredible evening light (staggeringly beautiful) as we headed with the estuary on our left through Bideford and then past the beautiful beach cafes of Instow(pics to follow, I hope).  Finally,  we could see the lorry parked up in the coastal car park at Fremington Quay.  A change of clothes, a beer and a hot supper (a big thank you to Geoff, Ann W-B and to Rose, as usual) and we all felt a bit more normal.  Long drive home in very heavy rain for all of us (thank you to Geoff and to Neil) except David and John who, of course, planned to cycle back the next day,  and I bet we all got a very good night’s sleep.

Another great cycle adventure for our group and a big thank you to David for organising it for us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday 8th August, 2018 – Wednesday evening social ride to Victoria Inn – gentle stroll round the lanes with plenty of catching up; and a bit of bike fixing.

For our route click here           20 miles; 340 m climbed

It was good to catch up with eight of our Liskeard Velo and Liskeard Ladies members and to hear all about their summer cycle adventures yesterday evening.  All looking forward to our long ride on Saturday  to Barnstaple too.  A nice route taking in Tilland Mill, Blunts, St. Ive and Pensilva, where we stopped for our drink before rolling back down the main road. A big thank you to Mark who not only spotted several issues with my bike but also put them right!

 

 

Saturday 4th August, 2018 – Liskeard Ladies opt for gentle summer pedal along Camel Trail and even a spot of retail therapy!

Our route:  Camel trail from Dunmere Arms, Dunmere to Padstow via Wadebridge and back.  24 miles; 50m climbed.

With so many people being away, this was a very relaxed summer outing for our Liskeard ladies.  Hybrids and mountain bikes dusted off and seven of us set off from the Dunmere Arms car park to enjoy a comfortable social ride.  Many congratulations to Gail, who felt her knee had improved enough for her to leave her e bike behind and do the trip on her hybrid and it was lovely to have Jill join us for the first time.

At Wadebridge, Ann K said goodbye to the group (panicking about a running event the following day) and peeled off to do some research at Relish, the café recommended by Amanda.  And indeed, well worth a visit.  The café is located in a quiet courtyard with plenty of formal and informal cycle parking and seating both inside and out.  Also a great range of snacks and drinks.

The rest of the group, meanwhile, had other ideas and headed into Padstow for  activities ranging from enjoying some Rick Stein fish and chips to picking up a new pair of flip flops before visiting the pub for a pint!  A lovely day out as always.