Wednesday 24th May, 2017 – summer cycle trek no. two for Geoff and me; over Dartmoor in brilliant sun; wonderful café stops; letting the train take the strain again!

For our route click here  approx. 26 miles (Ivybridge; Yelverton; Plymouth)

Don’t be misled by the 56 miles that my Garmin suggests we rode yesterday – the motion of the train from Liskeard to Ivybridge ‘unpaused’ the Garmin and added another 30 miles to our trip!  In reality Geoff and I popped the bikes on the train to Ivybridge (approx. £5 return with our rail cards – £8 standard fare – we had pre-booked the bikes on).  At Ivybridge we cycled down into the town (full of ‘home-made cake’ cafes) and picked up the Dartmoor Way towards Yelverton.  First stop Cornwood (public loos; shop selling tea made by the shop assistant; and food pub).  Narrative continued below …

 

Gradual climb then up to Wotter at the top of the moor and just an amazing stop at The Farmyard Café (noted it also has a tack shop to explore) – but seriously, this café is well worth a visit doing a full range of inexpensive savoury dishes and amazing cakes – very friendly owners too.  Down to Cadover Bridge (managed not to have an ice cream) and round the moorland lanes to The Skylark PH at Coolbrook (again, held ourselves to drinks only but a full range of pub fare and traditional puddings on offer).  Then simply downhill all the way back to Plymouth along the Plym Valley Trail.  When we reached Sainsbury we opted not to go into Plymouth via Saltram (thought it was just too bumpy this time and so came into the city via the roadside cycle track the other side of the estuary).  Up to the train station and back on a train that we didn’t have to book the bikes on to.  What a lovely day!  Next, we hope to  try our St. Agnes trip.

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