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About annkinahan

Ann started cycling in 2014 at the age of 62 when a knee injury prevented her running. Her son, Peter, helped her purchase her first road bike and, after a nervous start, Ann built her confidence by going out weekly with Cornwall CTC on their short evening rides. She has now taken part in a number of sportives and a lovely End to End adventure and writes a regular blog for CTC Cornwall to encourage other new cyclists to have a go.

Liskeard Ladies January group ride – Kernow Mills and Tilland Mill and ten turn out to get the decade off to a great start!

For our route  (approx. 19 miles and 400m climbed) click here

I personally always enjoy this ride – easy café stop at Kernow Mills (safe cycle parking; lots of space; good range of cakes and coffees) and wonderful views as you sail down towards Tideford.  Normally we would also stop briefly at the very pretty Tilland Mill but yesterday with our New Year Resolutions (not too much cake, thank you) and our group being strong and competent we admired the scene briefly as we passed through and straight on up the hill to Doddy Cross and then home. Very nice to have so many of us and lovely to chat with everyone and hear about all our 2020 plans – wouldn’t it be lovely if this dry spell continued through the spring to allow us to build on this excellent start?

A reminder that full details of all forthcoming rides and club membership (£5 annual fee plus evidence of third party liability insurance) can be found on our new website:

December 2019 – CTC Cornwall family cycle ride along Camel Trail to Padstow

What a great way to end the year!  26 of us, all ages, all abilities, came together to saunter along the Camel Trail for our annual Christmas trip to Padstow.  With the weather being kind, it was wonderful this year to have a number of younger and perhaps less confident cyclists with us and the best thing ever that Nicola could join Dave and Mary for this trip.  Following the traditional café break at the Co op in Wadebridge we headed on down the Camel Trail to Padstow admiring the huge number of sea birds feasting on the mud flats of the Camel estuary – with the haunting sounds of the curlew filling the air. (further narrative below pics)

We parked the bikes on the outskirts of the village and walked in to find lunch harbourside (fish and chips or pasties were firm favourites) and after a bit of a look round to check Padstow was as we remembered, we set off again back to Wadebridge and then on to The Borough Arms at Dunmere.  So proud to belong to this group and just wonderful to catch up with everyone.   A big Happy New Year to everyone associated with CTC Cornwall and our new Liskeard Velo club!

Liskeard Velo Christmas Lunch Ride – December 2019 – crisp clear moorland views (if slightly windy!) and wonderful company


For our route click here

A firm annual favourite, this outing was as wonderful as ever – a great opportunity to catch up with club members (27 for the meal; 12 on the ride and cafe stop); and a sensible bit of exercise before a lovely meal.  Jamaica Inn seemed to be the perfect setting for the cyclist rendition of 12 days of Christmas (on the seventh day of Christmas my truelove gave to me, 6 puncture patches, 5 ringing bells, etc. etc.).  The Cheesewring looks after us very well too (Top tip:  if they have their chocolate torte on their menu again next year – dont miss it!).

A big thank you to David for organising – looking forward now to the rest of our Christmas outings – next Sunday to Cotehele to see the garland; and the 28th for our family trip down the Camel Trail (see the Events page or calendar on our website for more details of both).

Breakfast in Bampton Audax – November 2019 – floods, smiles and stoicism!

This was our route – with some of us completing 102km (Geoff, who had been struggling with his asthma, has asked me to thank everyone who waited for him and supported him round the shorter route) and some completing the full audax at 113 km:

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But just where were the promised sunny intervals for this ride?  Nowhere in sight yesterday, that’s for sure :).  We have managed a few pics at the very bottom of this report but they do not begin to do justice to what we witnessed on our ride.  Significant flooding from the off and cyclists having to decide whether to risk seriously deep water (certainly above pedals and wheel hubs) or wading knee deep with bicycles held above the head, or turning back, over and over again … and a landscape either side of the road transformed with extensive lakes where meadows and arable land would be more normal.  Liskeard Velo was a group of nine but within five minutes of the start we were split up by the flooding and found it tricky to keep in touch (phones didn’t want to work in the heavy rain) and to continue to navigate the unfamiliar route.  All of this sounds pretty negative, which I don’t mean to be because, of course, it was a day of adventure and by the time we were sitting down for supper, warm and dry in clean clothes, we were thinking we had all had a lot of fun.

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Lots of lessons to learn – and for me, when your phone just says, ‘no thank you’ in periods of very heavy rain, perhaps the most important for any audax is to learn the route properly!  Maps, instructions, phones and Garmins all become redundant in very poor weather.

We all had a great time – memorable but great (and I haven’t even mentioned Geoff’s brakes, lack of; Keith’s puncture; or Anna’s great achievement in tanking round her first 70 miler) – and will look forward to repeating the adventure next year.  A big thank you to David for putting our Liskeard Velo group together and for Sarah and the organisers for all their work in delivering the event.


Liskeard Ladies – November 2019 ride – bit of a dash between the showers and some welcome breakfast baps at Clifford’s Cafe

For our route click here 17 k (10 miles);  263 m climbed.

Well, despite the downpour at 9 am, we managed a quick circular ride without getting too wet (mainly by spending the first 30 minutes in the dry at Wetherspoons 🙂 ).  It was good to get out and good to sample those egg and sausage baps at Cliffords Café at Horizon Farm.  There was no doubt, however, this was November!

CTC Cornwall Long Summer Ride 2019 – Liskeard to Stover Country Park (near Bovey Tracey) – 21 September, 2019

What a great ride!  We had been expecting rain towards the end of the day but this was a lovely comfortable sunny ride, and our supper in the woods at Stover Country Park was dry too.  Very lucky!  (pics in random order  immediately below and further down)

Huge congratulations to Jude for completing her first 65 miler (and to Anna who has done a few long rides now but not quite 65 miles) and a big thank you to David for again organising a ride with such fantastic scenery and lovely refreshment stops.  Thank you too to both Geoff and Rose who once again came up trumps with a lovely hot supper to finish at a very pretty woodland venue.


For parts one and three of our route please click here and here.  I personally didn’t think I was up to 64 miles and so rode the first 20 to Tavistock, had a lift with Geoff to Okehampton (there is always a way to shave off a few miles!) and then rode the final 30 miles round the top edge of the moor to Bovey Tracey and on to Stover Country Park.  But broadly our route was via Caradon Town, Linkinhorne, Horsebridge and Chip Shop to The Original Pasty House at Tavistock.  Then up to Lydford and along the Granite Trail to Okehampton Station for the next Café Stop; and finally onto the north side of the moor to Belstone, Sticklepath, South Zeal (gorgeous views), Whiddon Down, Easton, Moretonhampstead and Bovey Tracey and along to Stover Country Park.  Here we found Geoff and Rose with the gazebo up, an array of quiches, salads and the goulash bubbling away and the kettle on for a welcome cuppa.  Supper sorted, Neil popped into Newton Abbot for the train home and the rest of us loaded up bikes and camping gear into our  cars and drove home to rest our aching limbs 🙂


Liskeard Ladies Womens Festival of Cycling – Siblyback Lake, July 2019

What a great day!  So proud to be part of this group – and wonderful to welcome Jane, Christine and Christina who shared a first morning with our Liskeard Ladies.  For this event, we put on two group rides, one from Liskeard, out round the lanes through Tremar and stopping for coffee at Siblyback – and the other meeting for a ride round the lake before joining the other group for refreshments at the Rock Hopper café.  Each year, the aim of the Womens Festival of Cycling is simply to show women that group cycling can be fun and that the right group can help build confidence and endurance for those interested in developing their cycling skills.

A big thank you to Siblyback for hosting our event again, to all the Liskeard Ladies who were so encouraging to our visitors, and especially to Jane, Christine and Christina for being brave enough to join in – we understand all too well how difficult it is to take that first step.  Thanks must go too to Simon and Al for their support of the event and, of course to Cycling UK for supporting and helping us to promote the event.


Sunday 14th April, 2019 – Easter Family Rides and BBQ at Siblyback Lake!

Seven children, twenty adults and one very lively little dog, braved the cold wind and did their best to look cheerful while they cycled round or near Siblyback Lake at our Easter Family Cycle Day.  Participants were rescued from the cold by the hot drinks,  burgers and hot dogs provided by the team at the Rock Hopper Café.  A very big thank you to Wendy and her team at Rock  Hopper for looking after us all so well – and to Nigel, Beth and South West Lakes Trust for allowing us to run the event on their premises and supporting us so brilliantly throughout the day.

Our Liskeard Velo group met as usual in Liskeard and cycled out round Colliford to Jamaica Inn, joining the rest of us for the BBQ.

Siblyback is a truly wonderful local facility for cyclists young and old wanting to build their confidence.  Hopefully we can return when the weather is warmer!


Saturday 6th April, 2019 – Liskeard Ladies enjoy spring weather, cream teas, a good chat about cycle club membership, and make short work of a puncture!! (thanks to Corinne!)

For our route click here  20 miles (31 km); 386 m climbed.

At last, some proper spring weather and eleven of us (a big welcome to Liz) set out for Trerulefoot and our café stop at Kernow Mills, where the manager had kindly shown us where to park our bicycles safely out of sight round the side.  Once we were settled, Megan led us through the proposals CTC Cornwall is currently consulting on re a potential Liskeard Cycling Club and encouraged us all to feed back on the proposals via a Survey Monkey survey being circulated within the next few days.

Then we waved goodbye to Amanda and Zoe and the rest of us sailed on down the hill with that amazing view to Tideford – across the A38 and along to the beautiful Tilland Mill for our second cuppa and choc bites courtesy of Geoff.  Up the long hill then to Doddycross with plenty of time to admire the stitchwort, dog violets and primroses –  and home to Liskeard.  Within sight of home we managed to pick up a puncture and were treated to a maintenance workshop by Corinne, who had it fixed in no time (Charlie, please note – you are redundant!).

As always, loved being out with the ladies.


2019 off to great (and bracing) start with Liskeard Ladies and Liskeard Velo Rides – Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th January, 2019

For our Liskeard Ladies’ route click here (25 miles with 472 m climb).  Liskeard Velo route to follow.

It takes quite a lot to persuade me to get out on the bike twice in a week end and especially in January but a combination of settled weather, promises of not too many hills, and wonderful company were an irresistible combination and a recipe for a great week end of cycling.

For our  eight Liskeard Ladies this was a roll down the Draynes Valley to Jamaica Inn (lovely to have Gayle with us on her hybrid); a good old  catch up over coffee and scones by the fire in their Smugglers Bar and then back down along the beautiful Colliford Lake route.

For our twelve (yes, twelve!) Liskeard Velo cyclists this was a day out led by Ian along the ridgeway to Bethany, across the A38 to Bake, (where the group picked up some of us who had opted for a shorter even less hilly route) and then along through Narkurs and Crafthole to our café stop at the lovely  Cliff Top Café, Freathy.  Then along the cliff road and those lovely views to Rame Head.  Finally back again and into Seaton for a closer look at the sea and home via Hessenford and Castle Motors.  Such a pleasure to cycle in the continuing dry weather and with such a great group of companions before we move  into our various programmes for 2019.