Having completed a bike ride of 3,760 miles around the North Sea coastline crossing 7 countries in 70 days (7/70), my ambition is to cycle elsewhere in Europe as possible
Saturday, 14 January 2012
THE AVOCET RIDE
Nature at this time of year can be wonderful and my ride with three friends to Bere Alston Peninsula, near Plymouth, did not disappoint. It is easy to travel here by train (15 minutes from Plymouth) but long and tedious by car. This is where the Rivers Tamar and Tavy meet and the unspoilt village of Bere Ferrers stands sentinal.
Standing on Bere Ferrers ancient quay, we see lapwings, shelducks, snipe, curlew and lots of gulls. We move upstream beside the Tavy on to a muddy track where we find a loan egret hunting prey.
It is sunny but cold and a log fire beckons in the Plough at Bere Ferrers but not before one of us has a puncture. This ancient inn is welcoming and the food good. Afterwards we set off to find the Tamar and stop to admire the salt marsh just downstream from us. Out in front are two flocks of avocets quietly feeding on the mud flats. These are the most beautiful of birds and it is hard not to be entranced. Further one we encountered more avocets and just visible were, I think, a flock of knots. We returned to the train station via the Tavy where we had been this morning to find a flock of oyster catchers.
One of my daughters, not to be outdone, sent me a photo of herself on top of Sticklepike in the Lake District while we were on our ride. I have not heard of Sticklepike before and must check that out.
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