Sunday 13th August, 2017 – CTC Cornwall ride to Clovelly – sunshine, scenery, great company, wonderful refuelling stops, team work, and an extraordinary quirky village at the end

For our route, click here and here  Approx 60 miles  Liskeard to Clovelly  (approx. 1600 m climbed – most climbing before Roadford Lake)

For the third of our annual “summer longer one way” rides, David Byfield put together a wonderfully scenic (and not too hilly)  route from Liskeard to Clovelly for us.  Fifteen of our CTC Cornwall group members took part in this year’s summer adventure, with nine managing the whole trip (a huge well done – especially to Anna from our Liskeard Ladies group) and six joining the group for part of the ride (also really well done for making the necessary complicated arrangements).  As always, it was wonderful to have so many of our cycling family together.

The ride would not have been possible without the help of our great support team.  The biggest possible thank yous to Mary, Rose, Geoff and Nigel for their patience, back-up, transport and huge quantities of home-baked food – amazing!

(Please see more pics below)  Setting off just after 8 am, the ride took us through Pensilva, Golberdon and Kelly Bray to our first stop at The Engine House where we all tucked into hearty breakfasts.  Here we said farewell to Ian H and Sarah and were joined by Ian W who had ridden up from Saltash.  Then on through the hillier section of the ride (I now think it is not possible to cycle to Launceston without tackling quite a few nasty hills) via Stoke Climsland, Treburlet, Lezant and Launceston to Lake Café at Roadford Lake for lunch with beautiful views over the lake.  Here we also collected Megan, Charlie and Susie and it was also great to meet up with Mary, Nigel and Geoff.

Now we moved on for a fairly relaxed section of the ride – over the Roadford Lake dam along the ridge way to Halwill Junction, Dipper Mill, Shebbear and on  to meet up with Geoff for a welcome tea stop at a lay-by just after Stibbs Cross.  Now Megan took a break and we were delighted to have Nigel with us for the final ten miles up to Clovelly, arriving around 6pm.  Here Ian set off to look for his overnight B and B; and Anna and Neil drove back to their patiently-waiting families, leaving the ten of us cyclists yo enjoy an exploratory walk down into Clovelly while our wonderful support team of Geoff, Mary and Rose prepared a delicious supper for us to enjoy in the evening sun.  A long drive home for all of us, except Nigel and Megan, who were making a bit of a holiday out of it, but I hope, once we recover, we will all feel it was well worth while.

A great big thank you to everyone involved in our wonderful summer adventure!


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