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Sunday 6 January 1980
1415-1800
Afternoon ride: Stoke Gabriel
3 present: Colin Brierly, Jamie Spence, Robert Spence
The New Year started quite well for the Section with good runs, good weather and good attendance, the January Afternoon Run finding 19 riders out to prove that December’s wet stuff hadn’t dampened enthusiasm too much. We were pleased to have Jamie Spence out with Mum and Dad for his first venture at riding with the Section, as well as a few other folk that we don’t see very often.

Our wanders took us near Stoke Gabriel and then over towards Hillhead before returning to Dial House (my home) for tea. After tea we sorted out some runs for the next couple of months before getting down to the serious business of trying out the snooker table!

(Colin Brierly)

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Sunday 6 January 1980Social: Paignton
5 present: Colin Brierly, Michael Jones, Mark Morton, Jamie Spence, Robert Spence
Social at Colin Brierly's house (Dial House, Paignton): Michael Jones, Jamie Spence, Mark Moreton, Ruth Spence and Robert Spence
No report available.

Sunday 13 January 1980
1000-1800
Day ride: Lustleigh CleaveSunny but icy
1 present: Colin Brierly
Sunshine was the order of the day for our Lustleigh Cleave run, though there were patches of ice to look out for in the lanes. The Marldon starters were augmented by the Buckfastleigh contingent at Drumbridges before finding a few hills (up) past Pullabrook to Lustleigh Cleave and a place in the sunshine to sit and have our picnic.

The “inner man” satisfied and the sun still shining we decided to see a bit more of the moors by going past Hound Tor to Haytor before a long cool descent through Ilsington to Bickington and home.

(Colin Brierly)

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Sunday 20 January 1980
1000-1800
Day ride: Curtisknowle
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Bigger and better patches of ice, including one section where we could hardly walk up a hill, on our next run to Curtisknowle, which is near Gara Bridge. The ground however was not frozen and the track from Curtisknowle down to the river Avon and Bickham Bridge proved to be rather muddy – it may be as well that Frank wasn’t out!

The day stayed sunny although it got very cold when the sun hid itself in a rather fine sunset over the moor.

(Colin Brierly)

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Sunday 27 January 1980
1000-1730
Day ride: Holcombe Burnell
1 present: Colin Brierly
We used our only level road up the Teign Valley before finding some uphill going past Kingsford to work up an appetite for lunch at our destination of Holcombe Burnell on another sunny day at the end of January. The run along the top of Haldon from there isn’t quite as easy as it seems either – it seems to climb all the way to the Belvedere – but the views are worth it.

A fine tea, including Jelly Babies and Custard, at Don and Grace’s in Dawlish, followed by an hour or so’s chat, completed a happy day.

(Colin Brierly)

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Sunday 3 February 1980
1415-1730
Afternoon ride: DenburyMonsoon
3 present: Colin Brierly, Mark Morton, John Stuart
Our Afternoon Run at the beginning of February was well and truly in the “monsoon season”. I didn’t think anyone else would be mad enough to venture out, but went up to Five Lanes just in case. There were, however, three other candidates for an institution, and with the odd diversion to avoid flooding, we did a circuit beyond Denbury where John left us for Buckfastleigh, and back to Stoneycombe. Numbers were then reduced to two, Stephen departing for Newton Abbot and Mark and I returning to Marldon.

(Colin Brierly)

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Sunday 10 February 1980Day ride: Bowerman's Nose
1 present: Colin Brierly
A very different day for Bowerman’s Nose, with sunshine to temper a cool breeze blowing over the moor when we had overcome gravity enough to get from Bickington to Haytor. There were fourteen of us at The Nose at lunchtime, finding it rather difficult to avoid the breeze and enjoy the sun, but we did succeed to some extent. After food and an assault on the rock by the more energetic, we decided that we had time to look at North Bovey and Lustleigh before heading for Liverton and home.

(Colin Brierly)

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Sunday 17 February 1980
1000-1730
Day ride: Hembury Castle
2 present: Colin Brierly, Colin Downie
Pleased to have Julie Lewis out with us for part of the day on the Hembury Castle run – it may be as well that Colin (Lewis, Julie’s father, owner of Colin Lewis Cycles in Paignton) didn’t get the message right that it was a day run, in view of the rather muddy stuff that the local lads found during the afternoon. I’m not too sure whether the other two newcomers, Antony and Stephen, appreciated it but we all appreciated the Downies’ hospitality for tea and scones afterwards.

(Colin Brierly)

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Sunday 24 February 1980
1000-1730
Day ride: Harbourne River
1 present: Colin Brierly
Another new rider today for a wander along the route of the Harbourne River. The lanes follow the river from Ashprington to a couple of miles beyond Harbertonford but then there is a bit of up and down stuff before finding the river again, at Harbourneford, and then a distinctly up bit to the moor at Gidley Bridge. We all survived the rather unexpectedly sharp bends in the lane down to Deancombe, although loose gravel and twigs sticking out of the hedge didn’t help. I think that David found the last few miles through Staverton rather hard, but he enjoyed the day and will certainly be out again.

(Colin Brierly)

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Sunday 2 March 1980
1415-1730
Afternoon ride: Stover LakeSunny
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The March Afternoon Run brought two new faces and a prodigal return of Stephen Marks who was out quite a lot in 1978. We decided that Stover Lake is always attractive in sunshine and warranted a visit on such a nice day. We found time to stroll along the lakeside, admiring the pair of swans and seeing quite a lot of other birds before taking to the bikes again through South Knighton and Denbury.

(Colin Brierly)

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Saturday 8 March 1980Weekend ride: Inter-DA Photographic Competition, Crowcombe
2 present: Colin Brierly, Don Hassall
As usual we had a superb weekend at Crowcombe for the annual slide competition. The hostel was just about bulging with cyclists, not to mention a few walkers who must have wondered what had hit them. Bristol had the biggest contingent, but our numbers were into double figures, and the Wessex folk included the CTC President Arthur Moss and Elsie, his wife.

Mr Harold Knight, the secretary of the South Devon Photo Colour Sociery was the judge, and his comments had been put on tape to be played on the night. The judge though standards were high and found difficulty in picking out individual winners, but he did award a slide of Graham Brodie’s in the cycling class 10 out of 10. Eight slides were given 9 points, with Don Hassall being given first prize in the pictorial class. Second in each class went to Bristol (Jack Cotton and Reg Porter), and on total points Bristol managed to beat us by 145 to 142, with Wessex getting in 130.

Thanks are due to Len and Alice, the wardens, for again making the weekend another good social and cycling event.

(Colin Brierly)

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Sunday 16 March 1980
1000-1730
Day ride: Hennock Reservoirs
3 present: Colin Brierly, Colin Downie, Antony House
“They shouldn’t do it! It only causes confusion, especially in remote parts like Ashburton.”

“Do what?”

“Change the clocks of course!” As they did on March 16th.

The Buckfastleigh folk turned up at Ashburton an hour earlier than expected to find Mike House (Antony’s father) still busy assembling his bike. John was despatched to meet us at Newton and take us to a further meeting point at the Teigngrace-Heathfield crossing, which would fit in with our destination of Hennock Reservoirs quite well. When the others turned up however they were minus Colin Downie who had left a few minutes early to buy chocolate, so we split into two bunches to cover both roads back to Ashburton in case he had trouble. We didn’t find Colin, but did find it was lunch time and headed up to Holne Bridge for a picnic.

After grub we found that the track into the nature reserve area on the west side of the river Webbern peters out as far as taking a bike along it is concerned – I’m not sure how far it can be walked. Back on the road again, with a leisurely stroll up to Buckland and then over to Cold East Cross and then home.

Colin, in the meantime, went to Newton Abbot and then carried out the run to Hennock – come to think of it, there were only two out from Torquay area. I wonder what happened to the rest?

(Colin Brierly)

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Sunday 23 March 1980
1000-1730
Day ride: Hallsands
2 present: Colin Brierly, Martin Filham
Only two altogether today, with heavy rain out of a sky that looked set to keep it up all day, so Martin and I were quite pleased to be able to take our capes off at Totnes. Much to our surprise the capes stayed off as we wandered through lanes that neither of us were very familiar with, to Frogmore and on to a lunch stop near Lannacombe. Better still, after lunch the sun came out and we had a superb wander along the path from Hallsands to Beesands and then later did the track from Stoke Fleming to Dartmouth Castle.

(Colin Brierly)

Sunday 30 March 1980
1000-1730
Day ride: Puper's Hill
4 present: Colin Brierly, Iris Buckler, Michael Jones, Sue Shepley
View from Puper's Hill towards Buckfastleigh, showing the River Teign on the extreme left
A pony in a field between Wallaford and Cross Furzes
Sue Shepley, Torbay Section Secretary, actually didn't fall off this time!
The system went wrong this week. I was dragged out to work on the Sunday morning, but I did manage to pick up the bunch at Cross Furzes for lunch. After lunch we took to the moors up to Puper’s Hill and then followed along the ridge to come off the open moor near Gidley Bridge. The weather did the dirty on us just as we were leaving the moor, and it was a dripping, caped bunch that turned up at the Downie house for a cup of tea.

It was good to have Iris Buckler out with us again, recovered from an accident earlier in the year.

(Colin Brierly)

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Friday 4 April 1980Tour: Easter Tour Day 1: Home to CheddarSunny and warm
8 present: Peter Adams, Colin Downie, Antony House, Carl Jeffereys, Michael Jones, Mark Morton, John Stuart, Philip Wrigley
"This is the life!" "Peaceful isn't it!" Lunch near Taunton
Colin, Antony and Peter. We had a leisurely lunch about four miles south of Taunton after being given the slip by Jean Luxton at Exeter
Scenery near Mudgley, Wedmore. We decided to climb the hill on foot. We'll soon be at the hostel, and reunited with the rest of the club
The ruined church on Burrow Mump, near Othery. We met a cyclist from Bridgwater CTC (in white)
This year we were booked in at Cheddar, Slimbridge and Street youth hostels. Good Friday dawned bright and fine, so we thought “Good, our luck’s in,” and hoped it would last the four days. It did too – a cold wind at times, but sunny enough to coax one or two into shorts.

Our first stop on the Friday was at Willand for coffee where we met up with Gordon and Ivy who had ridden on ahead, and Colin who had come up from Paignton. Once again it was a joint Section tour with Torbay – eight from the Exeter B-Section and nine from Torbay. The rest of Colin’s Section had ridden up to Exeter on Thursday evening. We waited a while, but at last decided that they were taking a different route to Cheddar.

Pete and I were taking our car, thinking that the four days riding would be a bit much for Wendy, but apart from a lift to Willand on the Friday and a lift home from there on the Monday she rode the whole tour and did jolly well, riding hills with no bother.

From Willand we rode on to Taunton and then on to Walford Cross, where we stopped for lunch. We had by now covered half the day’s ride, while Colin said he was more than halfway! The afternoon was spent on fairly quiet roads, stopping for afternoon tea at Grainton, then up some hills to Wedmore and within a few miles Cheddar, to enjoy ice-creams amongst the holiday crowds. We had one little pile up on the way when someone rode into a back wheel and Keith’s back wheel slid in the mud. No great damage though, and Lawrence was quite disappointed when he didn’t have need to use his new first aid kit.

At Cheddar hostel we were cooking our own food for the evening. This was a bit chaotic at times as we were doing it as a group, Exeter being the cooks (when the instant custard turned out a bit cold!) and Torbay taking over the washing up. The missing Torbay riders arrived in the middle of the meal.

Later in the evening, when coming back from a stroll, we were rather concerned to see a group of the local lads hanging about the hostel. We wondered if the bikes would be safe in the unlocked and very open cycle shed. To save any problems the warden gave permission for the bikes to be brought inside, but this would not arise if all hostels had cycle sheds that could be locked. I wonder if we could claim against the YHA if bikes were stolen from unlocked cycle sheds?

(Jean Luxton)

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Saturday 5 April 1980Tour: Easter Tour Day 2: Cheddar to SlimbridgeSunny and warm
8 present: Peter Adams, Colin Downie, Antony House, Carl Jeffereys, Michael Jones, Mark Morton, John Stuart, Philip Wrigley
Climbing out of Cheddar Gorge. Jean and Mark in foreground
Assembling outside Cheddar youth hostel. Keith, Laurence and Adrian in centre
Phil has just found a knot in his sleeping bag. "Peasants!"
Lake outside dormitory window at Slimbridge youth hostel. "The Swan" and its two torpedo ducks have yet to appear!
On Saturday we had a 55 mile trip to Slimbridge, which is about 20 miles beyond Bristol. So, with careful map-reading by our elders Pete, Colin and Gordon, we missed the worst of Bristol, riding through Keynsham and stopping for lunch on Siston Common, almost within a stone’s throw of friends Alec and Janet Le Bas and Arthur Comer’s homes. We did think of calling on them, but thought, as keen cyclists, they would sure to be away.

Once beyond the fringes of Bristol we were in pleasant country again. Slimbridge, we found, is a very good hostel, though rather hot with the central heating pumping away – hardly needed as plenty of windows were open. The new warden seemed keen and get-at-able and you could chat with him. Some these days, apart from signing on and giving out duties, seem to be shut away.

(Jean Luxton)

Sunday 6 April 1980Tour: Easter Tour Day 3: Slimbridge to StreetSunny and warm
8 present: Peter Adams, Colin Downie, Antony House, Carl Jeffereys, Michael Jones, Mark Morton, John Stuart, Philip Wrigley
Avonmouth docks
Very brief stop near Rockhampton
Lunch just south of Avonmouth. Quieter now that motorcyclists have left us.
Lunch just south of Avonmouth. Phil, Colin and Antony. "Now let's see, what grade is Street hostel? Oh no - SIMPLE!"
Lunch just south of Avonmouth. Philip Wrigley shows off his SLR camera, with Colin, Antony and Peter
Lunch just south of Avonmouth
Cows get in the way on the way to Street hostel
Lunch just south of Avonmouth
Sunday we awoke to the sound of the geese and hooter swans. We had rather a long day with 70 or so miles to Street, and once more to get beyond Bristol. This time we went via Avonmouth, which was the flattest route, over cycle and motorcycle paths to Pill. We lunched in a field with the motorway and docks in the distance, watching all the traffic hurtle by and feeling glad that we were away from it all.

It was then along the Gordano Valley, with the motorway up above us and to our left. Two punctures in the next half an hour caused quite a delay, then a country cottage offering cream teas could not be passed by, much against Colin’s better judgement - we still had nearly 30 miles to cover. Another couple of punctures later on meant we finally arrived at the hostel just in time for supper – no time to wash or make beds beforehand, still first things first!

Street hostel is one I have always likes. Way up on Ivy Thorn Hill, overlooking the town, it is a very pleasant spot. The new warden was very pleasantly helpful and his food was good, so there and then I booked to spend another night there in May.

(Jean Luxton)

Monday 7 April 1980Tour: Easter Tour Day 4: Street to HomeSunny and warm
8 present: Peter Adams, Colin Downie, Antony House, Carl Jeffereys, Michael Jones, Mark Morton, John Stuart, Philip Wrigley
Monday started off cold and misty, but hopefully it would improve. We said bye to the Torbay group who had nearly 80 miles to do and were away early. The Exeter group left about 9.45am, dropping down off the hill to the flats and to Burrow Bridge. Unfortunately we missed Gordon who was transporting the car to Burrow Bridge and then riding back to meet us. With us going off course for two miles he got in a few extra miles looking for us! The sun was out by now so woollies were being discarded.

Gordon and Pete found a route that avoided Taunton and we lunched near the race course. Then back through a very devious lane route to Willand for the last stop of the tour and the end of four days of good company, weather and food.

What else could we have wished for!

(Jean Luxton)

Sunday 13 April 1980Day ride: Devon DA Rough Stuff Event
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Sunday 20 April 1980
1000-1800
Day ride: DartmeetCloudy and cold
4 present: Peter Adams, Colin Downie, Michael Jones, John Stuart
The River Dart, from the bridge at Dartmeet
View of Venfor Reservoir from near the lunch spot
Ponsworthy
Dartmeet
Colin Downie riding through Hembury Woods?
Eight riders congregated at Dart Bridge on a chilly, cloudy morning. We soon warmed up however as we briskly trundled to Holne, eventually finding a sunny lunch spot above Venford reservoir where I tackled the result of running over a thorn.

After lunch we headed for Hexworthy, carrying on to Dartmeet where some of us attacked Badgers’ Holt hill in bottom gear. We later stopped at Spitchwick and then at New Bridge where Peter mended a puncture. We left Peter above Hembury Woods and then descended swiftly to Buckfastleigh where we met Don and Grace Hassall and had a delightful tea at the Downie household – many thanks to them for their hospitality. We held a short Runs Meeting and then left.

(John Stuart)

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