Having completed a bike ride of 3,760 miles around the North Sea coastline crossing 7 countries in 70 days (7/70), my next ambition is to cycle around the coast of Ireland in 2018
Sunday, 18 September 2011
THE RAIL ALE TRAIL
Beretown is the name on the sign opposite the Old Plough, the most southerly pub on the Bere Alston Peninsula. The easiest way to travel here is by train as the road from Plymouth was designed for horses and, except for adding tarmac, is not much better now. The other way is by bike via a ford over Lopwell Dam.
I went here by train last week with my friend, Alice. It took 2.5 hours to do our first mile. When we arrived, we discovered two enthusiasts working on their historic trains at the rail station. They had a buffet and heritage centre. We found it so interesting that it took us an hour before we left the railway.
The Old Plough was just one mile and now it was time for lunch. This had now become my slowest cycle ride ever. Feeling guilty about going straight into the pub, we stopped to look at the River Tavy. The view across the estuary was breathetaking.
There was some serious cycling after lunch where we covered 2 miles and crossed a hill only reach the River Tamar where we just had to stop again. If the Tavy is breathetaking, the Tamar is magical. We are in a SSSI where avocets come in winter. It took another 6 miles and 1.5 hours to complete our loop back to Bere Ferrers station, such that we savoured our journey. As the train came in, our host from this morning came up and asked we had enjoyed the day. "Yes" we said in harmony, "we have had a great day".
Welcome to my blog. I enjoy cycling on country lanes where I can feel and hear the sounds of the countryside. My local areas are Dartmoor and the South Hams in Devon. I enjoy cycle touring whether it is for short or much longer trips. In 2016 I cycled coast to coast from the Med to the Atlantic along the southern slopes of the Pyrenees. I started publishing stories about my rides in 2010 when I wanted to test myself with a long distance adventure and at the same time raise money for an environmental charity. This was the North Sea Cycle Route and my charity was the Devon Wildlife Trust. The distance was 6,000km which I did in 72 days. I made many friends who I still see today and raised over £3,000. I continue to support environmental charities and these include Devon Wildlife Trust and Sustrans. My blog is short stories what I do