Hard to know how this could have been bettered. 13 of us turned out for this November trip round the Rame Peninsula in the most amazing weather – thank you to David Byfield for organising it AND for checking the tide tables to make this such an en joyable adventure It was a long way (48 miles) but doable for all of us because we took our time and also had enough food stops to keep up our energy levels. Wonderful to have Megan and Amanda with us for the whole trip – and to see Karen and Andrew. Also great to have Ian with us in his seasonal Halloween jersey coordinating well with our Cornwall CTC luminous green.
Out to Rose Craddock initially before crossing the main road and heading over to Merrymeet and hence Pengover Green. Along to Doddycross, Bethany and then our coffee stop at Route 38, Trerulefoot (and a bit of a chat about unions and the living wage, as you do). Following a refurbishment a few months ago, Route 38 has really upped its game and I think they do now provide a reasonable coffee stop.
Down to St. Germans and on through Polbathic, Sheviock and Antony. Here we forked right off the A374 at went down to the St. John causeway (something new for me) – and quite spectacular in the sun (and with the tide out!).
Up the hill then down into Millbrook where we picked up some sandwiches. Along the water front and then up the hill towards Maker for our lunch stop at The Canteen, Maker Heights, where we sat outside and enjoyed the view. Here Mike entertained us with stories of his previous visit, which had included a stay in one of their Yurts – not an altogether perfect experience; and Megan and Amanda talked confidently about something called “challenge walking”, which sounded a bit too extreme to me.
On then from Maker, across the Rame Peninsula on onto the Whitsand Bay road where we were heading West again. Past Tregantle Fort (originally completed in 1865 by Lord Palmerston to deter the French and still used by our Royal Navy for training), through Crafthole and then along the ‘hillier than remembered’ coast road to Downderry and down into Seaton – for an ice cream on the beach. Still glorious sunshine.
Here we said goodbye to Connie and Dave Ball – and the rest of us cycled back along to Hessenford and then through the woods to Castle Motors. Ian left us here, heading back down the A38 to Saltash while the rest of us crossed the main road to take the little road back to Doddycross and Pengover Green. After Pengover Green we turned right into Peake’s drive, along the short stretch of bridleway, over the A390 and up the lane through Trembraze to Liskeard, much less steep than the Pengover Road hill.
What a fantastic ride – and we should now all be in shape for the 25 mile jaunt to the AGM on the 15th. Fingers crossed for nice weather again. Thank you to everyone who made this outing so enjoyable.