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Sunday 20 April 1980
1000-1800
Day ride: DartmeetCloudy and cold
9 present: Peter Adams, Colin Brierly, Colin Downie, Martin Filham, Don Hassall, Antony House, Michael Jones, Mark Morton, John Stuart
The River Dart, from the bridge at Dartmeet
View of Venford 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)

[Attendance verified]

[2 points: Don Hassall]
[3 points: Peter Adams]
[4 points: everyone else]

Sunday 27 April 1980
1000-1800
Day ride: Ringmore
9 present: Peter Adams, Colin Brierly, Colin Downie, Martin Filham, Antony House, Mark Morton, Robert Spence, John Stuart, Philip Wrigley
Today’s ride began with nine riders meeting at Totnes in beautiful weather. We pedalled through the lanes to Harbertonford, where Martin fixed a puncture, and carried on through Woodleigh, eventually reaching the quaint village of Ringmore.

We found a bumpy track to take us to the windswept Aymer Cove for an enjoyable lunch. Robert decided to have a swim and afterwards played some merry tunes on his mouth organ. We then cycled along another track and carried on along the roads to Modbury, after which the Buckfastleigh people turned off for Marley Head and the Torbay group for Totnes.

(John Stuart)

[Attendance verified]

Sunday 4 May 1980
1415-1800
Afternoon ride: BroadhempstonSunny and warm
5 present: Russell Billings (14, Buckfastleigh), Colin Brierly, Martin Filham, Sue Shepley, John Stuart
The weather for our May Afternoon Ride was magnificent, and Colin, Martin and Sue met a new Buckfastleigh lad, Russell Billings, and I at Marldon. We decided to meander through the lanes around Broadhempston, and during our pleasant travels found a fairly good track.

We had time to admire the ruined farm buildings, young calves, beehives and some young birds nesting in a hedge before the Torbay cyclists headed for Denbury and the Buckfastleigh people turned off for Ashburton.

(John Stuart)

[Attendance verified]

Sunday 11 May 1980
1000-1800
Day ride: Fingle Bridge
10 present: Colin Brierly, Colin Downie, Martin Filham, Antony House, Carl Jeffereys, Mark Morton, John Pope, Mark Shepherd, Sue Shepley, John Stuart
We congregated at Bovey Tracey on a fine day. The ten of us (five from Torbay, five from Ashburton area) rode along the main road to Moretonhampstead. From there we meandered through the lanes, eventually reaching a track signposted Fingle Bridge. Colin had previously warned us of the rough properties of this track and we soon found out for ourselves as we steered down the steep, twisting route laden with rocks, sticks and ruts.

Our lunch spot was just above the bridge and we settled down, carefully avoiding the local wood ants. After lunch we viewed the bridge and then set off along a smoother, longer track which brought us back to the lanes. Soon however we were bumping along a footpath bringing us out at Steps Bridge. Finally we cycled down the Teign Valley, arriving at Chudleigh Knighton where Torbay cyclists left the Buckfastleigh contingent (including John and Mark) for home.

(John Stuart)

[Attendance verified]

Sunday 18 May 1980
1000-1800
Day ride: Devon DA BCTC Heat, Higher Ashton
17 present: Peter Adams, Colin Brierly, Jean Brierly, Don Cockman, Paul Cockman, Colin Downie, Noel Downie, Don Hassall, Grace Hassall, Antony House, Mike House, Carl Jeffereys, John Pope, Sue Shepley, Robert Spence, John Stuart, Philip Wrigley
The BCTC heat at Higher Ashton went very well indeed with a morning of questions and general exercises and a more difficult afternoon of map reading. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves and congratulations to all those who did well. Thanks very much to all the marshals, organisers, tea-makers and everyone who managed to produce such a perfect day.

(John Stuart)

[Attendance verified]

[2 points: Jean Brierly, Grace Hassall, Sue Shepley]
[4 points: everyone else]

Sunday 25 May 1980
1000-1200
Day ride: Harford
10 present: Iris Buckler, Colin Downie, Madora Downie, Noel Downie, Robert Downie, Antony House, Carl Jeffereys, Mark Morton, John Stuart, Philip Wrigley
Our Day Run to Harford never really got off the ground. The Downie family plus Antony, Iris Buckler and myself met at Avonwick at eleven o’clock and waited for about half an hour. We already knew that Colin was not going to be riding and, from the look of things, it seemed that nobody else from Torbay would be out. Colin and Antony telephoned Phil’s house and were informed that Phil was on the road. Despite this it appeared that there would be no scheduled ride and we decided, in view of the prospects, to go our different ways.

(John Stuart)

[Attendance verified]

Sunday 1 June 1980
1415-1800
Afternoon ride: Denbury
14 present: Frank Boyes, Colin Brierly, Colin Downie, Madora Downie, Noel Downie, Robert Downie, Martin Filham, Don Hassall, Antony House, Mike House, Mark Morton, Sue Shepley, John Stuart, Philip Wrigley
We were very pleased to have Frank back with us again for our Denbury Afternoon Run. Seven of us met at Marldon and we wandered along to Afton, where we took the country lanes through Littlehempston and Landscove to bring us out at Denbury. We met the Downie family, along with Antony House, his father, Don and Grace, at the Reynolds’ household and enjoyed a lovely tea. Thanks very much to Mr and Mrs Reynolds, plus Grace and Mrs Downie and all those who helped provide the tea. Finally, the Torbay cyclists left for Marldon and the seven Buckfastleigh and Ashburton riders headed home along the lanes signposted to Bickington.

(John Stuart)

[Attendance verified]

[2 points: Frank Boyes, Philip Wrigley]
[3 points: everyone else]

Saturday 7 June 1980
0900-2300
Weekend ride: Beer Youth Hostel Day 1
9 present: Colin Downie, Madora Downie, Noel Downie, Robert Downie, Don Hassall, Antony House, Carl Jeffereys, Michael Jones, John Stuart
View to Sidmouth from Peak Hill
We think this is a view towards Woodbury Common from near Otterton
Beehive Cottage, Street, near Branscombe
Colin at Street, near Branscombe
Three of us set off from Buckfastleigh at 9am on a dark, dull morning. Through Ashburton to Chudleigh, making very good time until we commenced the climb to Ashcombe half-way up Haldon. Then the rain that had been threatening suddenly came down. Luckily we were amongst the trees so sheltered for quite some time. Out came the sun so on again. A quick descent to Starcross in the rain to meet Don, and a mad rush for the ferry which was just leaving. Across to Exmouth – no-one felt ill – I’m the world’s worst sailor! We all had an exciting lunch in a bus shelter with Don keeping our spirits up by giving details of the next hilly section to come.

On again to Littleham and out came the sun and off came the waterproofs. Down the hill to Budleigh and Colin’s chain came off. On the road once more to the sea front and ice-creams all round. Ice-creams consumed, pints of water drunk, then up along the river path and lanes to thatched Otterton – a nice village this, not spoiled one bit. Down over Peak Hill into Sidmouth – what a super run!

Cream teas this time, then a terrible climb up to Salcombe Regis and down to beautiful Branscombe. A halt for photographs, then a wicked climb up to Beer. Don very craftily volunteered us all for washing up the dinner plates etc. So to bed – Michael reckons he doesn’t snore … perhaps it was the traffic outside!

(Noel Downie)

[Attendance verified - except guessed that Mark Morton on day ride not weekend]

[2 points: Madora and Robert Downie]
[4 points: everyone else]

Sunday 8 June 1980
0800-1800
Weekend ride: Beer Youth Hostel Day 2
9 present: Colin Downie, Madora Downie, Noel Downie, Robert Downie, Don Hassall, Antony House, Carl Jeffereys, Michael Jones, John Stuart
Cycling though quiet lanes from Otterton to Budleigh
Colin and Noel at Beer youth hostel
Next morning a very steady ride back to Otterton to meet the Torbay Section. This didn’t happen (Sorry Colin) so back to Dawlish via Woodbury and the canal towpath for an excellent tea at Don and Grace’s place at Dawlish. To sum up, a very enjoyable weekend.

(Noel Downie)

Sunday 8 June 1980
1000-1800
Day ride: Woodbury Common
3 present: Frank Boyes, Colin Brierly, Mark Morton
Only three of us out on the day run to Woodbury, with a plan to meet the Beer Hostel contingent near Budleigh – and we would have done so if the Starcross Ferry hadn’t been a quarter of an hour earlier on Sunday than it was on Saturday.

We rode fairly hard up through Gappah to the top of Haldon, then hurtled down through Black Forest to Starcross and missed the ferry by a few minutes. We decided that we could still reach the meeting point with a bit more energetic riding, though we’d be rather late. Woodbury to Four Firs drags at any time and more so when it’s lunch time, but we made Otterton and followed down the lane towards Budleigh without finding the weekenders.

Overdue lunch consumed we used a different route back to Woodbury and on to Topsham and Dawlish for tea.

(Colin Brierly)

[Attendance verified, although guessed that Mark Morton on day ride rather than weekend]

Sunday 15 June 1980
1000-1800
Day ride: East Prawle
3 present: Colin Brierly, Colin Downie, Mark Morton
Only three out today, possibly because the sky was the colour of a tramp’s billycan and there was a certain amount of precipitation. We used familiar lanes from Totnes to Moreleigh and lesser-known lanes through Sherford and Frogmore to reach Prawle Point by lunchtime. To our surprise, as we ran down from East Prawle towards the sea, the low cloud rolled up the hill leaving warm sunshine.

An enjoyable lunch, then a bit of “up and down” to Torcross and Slapton Sands with the sun very warm, though it disappeared before we reached Totnes and capes were on again for the last few miles home.

(Colin Brierly)

[Attendance verified]

Sunday 22 June 1980
1000-1500
Day ride: Kingsand
6 present: Peter Adams, Colin Brierly, Colin Downie, Antony House, Mark Morton, John Stuart
We couldn’t fool the Weather Gods by putting in a run to Kingsand instead of Cawsand – it still poured with rain, and after a particularly vicious downpour we sheltered under the A38 at Lee Mill for lunch. Picnic tea was not very tempting so we accepted defeat and headed for home through Ermington and the lanes to Avonwick.

(Colin Brierly)

[Attendance verified]

Sunday 29 June 1980
1000-1800
Day ride: Wistman's Wood
8 present: Colin Brierly, Madora Downie, Noel Downie, Robert Downie, Don Hassall, Mark Morton, John Stuart, Lee Unknown (Junior, Devon)
A few of the “Bridport” group were on a sponsored End to End trip so I Was not surprised that we were only four heading for Wistman’s Wood today. The road from Buckfast to Holme and Hexworthy is hard so we were quite ready for food when we stopped just short of Two Bridges. We parked and locked the bikes a little way along the track and strolled on to the collection of stunted moss- and lichen-covered oaks that is the wood. Many of the trees seem to have more root above ground than below, and the “ground” is a great depth of tumbled rocks as Mark discovered when he dropped his padlock key. It was recovered by Lee who disappeared head first up to his ankles to get it out of its hiding place.

We met Noel Downie at Postbridge and headed to Buckfastleigh for a most magnificent tea at the Stuart household, with Don Hassal and others of the Downie family to augment numbers – although not enough to do full justice to Mrs Stuart’s cookery.

(Colin Brierly)

[Attendance verified]

[2 points: Madora Downie, Robert Downie, Don Hassall]
[4 points: everyone else]

Sunday 6 July 1980
1415-1800
Afternoon ride: West OgwellDry
6 present: Colin Brierly, Carl Jeffereys, Mark Morton, Sue Shepley, John Stuart, Sue Webber
The lads still on the “End to End”, we were half a dozen on the July afternoon run which, in spite of a wet morning, gave us a dry ride through the lanes between West Ogwell and Staverotn.

(Colin Brierly)

[Attendance verified]

Sunday 13 July 1980
1000-1300
Day ride: Shobrooke ParkHeavy rain
6 present: Colin Brierly, Colin Downie, Michael Jones, Mark Morton, Darren Sharp, John Stuart
Six of us met under the shelter of some trees at Chudleigh Bridge on a distinctly miserable Sunday morning. Michael, Colin Downie (back from his end to end ride) and I cycled out from Buckfastleigh and we met Colin Brierly, Mark and Darren. Our destination was due to be Shobrooke Park but, after chatting for a few moments in the pouring rain, we decided to abandon the ride. We trundled back through the quiet lanes, after which the Torbay and Buckfastleigh cyclists parted for home.

(John Stuart)

[Attendance verified]

Sunday 20 July 1980
1000-1730
Day ride: GrimspoundShowers
7 present: Peter Adams, Colin Brierly, Antony House, Michael Jones, Mark Morton, Kevin Presland (15, Bovey Tracey), John Stuart
Despite the fact that weather conditions today were not unlike those of the previous Sunday, numbers were increased by one on our Grimspound ride. Michael, Peter, Antony and I cycled along to Bickington where, after a short wait, we greeted Colin Brierly and Mark. We climbed up out of Bickington and cycled along to meet our latest addition, Kevin Presland, at his home at Ilsington.

Just below Haytor we were caught by a heavy shower which, as soon as we had “caped up”, stopped. After I had dealt with chain trouble we swooped down Widecombe Hill and left Peter outside the village, leaving us to turn and wheel up a steep hill. We lunched soon afterwards under the shelter of a large tree and then began the hard push into the barren moorland. We fought a headwind and a tiring road until we finally stopped by the roadside to talk with Mr Peter Webb, a CTC member from Chagford.

We walked up to Grimspound, which was very interesting, and then set off for the Manaton area. Kevin left us near Manaton and eventually we arrived at Becky Falls for light refreshments. Having descended swiftly down to Brimley Cross our route took us along to the road bridge near Bickington, where Torbay cyclists turned off for Marldon and the Buckfastleigh Contingent for Ashburton.

(John Stuart)

[Attendance verified]

Sunday 27 July 1980
1000-1730
Day ride: BanthamSunny and warm
10 present: Colin Brierly, Iris Buckler, Antony House, Carl Jeffereys, Michael Jones, Mark Morton, John Pope, Kevin Presland, Darren Sharp, John Stuart
The group at Bantham Sands: John Stuart, Darren Sharp, John Pope, Kevin Presland, Antony House, Carl Jeffereys, Mark Morton and Colin Brierly
Our ride to Bantham began at Totnes on a sunny, fairly warm morning. Despite back wheel troubles, Michael rode in from Buckfastleigh along with Antony, John Pope, Kevin and myself. We met Iris from the St Budeaux Cycling Club and finally greeted Colin, Carl, Mark and Darren from Marldon.

We followed our usual route to Harbertonford and then did some main road work along to Thurlestone, where Iris left us as she intended to go bathing. We dropped down and climbed up again before reaching our destination, where we packed our machines in the ferns and sand-dunes to go and have an enjoyable lunch. Some of us went for a short ramble along the rocky coastline, after which we journeyed back along the lanes towards Woodleigh. We stopped for a short packed tea and finally the Buckfastleigh district and Torbay cyclists separated near Marley Head.

(John Stuart)

[Attendance verified]

[2 points: Iris Buckler]
[4 points: everyone else]

Sunday 3 August 1980
1415-1800
Afternoon ride: Ashprington
11 present: Frank Boyes, Colin Brierly, Colin Downie, Don Hassall, Michael Jones, Brian Marks (14, Paignton), Mark Morton, Kevin Presland, Sue Shepley, John Stuart, Philip Wrigley
Cows on the track near Sharpham
The track towards Sharpham
Double figures turned out for our August Afternoon Ride, and we had with us a new lad, Brian Marks. Having made our way along to Totnes we joined a track at Sharpham Drive which took us through fields alongside the river Dart, in beautiful countryside.

After some of us had hopped over a fence to avoid some cattle, we cycled on through Ashprington and down the Totnes by-pass, eventually stopping just above Dartington where the Torbay and Buckfastleigh folk separated.

(John Stuart)

[Attendance verified]

Sunday 10 August 1980
1000-1830
Day ride: Petre's CrossSunny but cool
14 present: Frank Boyes, Colin Brierly, Don Cockman, Colin Downie, Noel Downie, Don Hassall, Carl Jeffereys, Michael Jones, Mark Morton, John Pope, Kevin Presland, Mark Shepherd, Mike Winter (Junior, Plymouth), Philip Wrigley
Kevin, Mark, John, Carl and Colin on the spoil heap beside the mineral railway track at Leftlake Mires
John Pope on the mineral railway track from Bittaford
The group at Petre's Cross, surrounded by open moorland
Carl at Leftlake Mires
Descending the rough moorland from Petre's Cross to Huntingdon Warren
View from Petre's Cross towards Huntingdon Warren
The Avon Dam, viewed from the Abbots Way
Colin on the Abbots Way behind the Avon Dam
Tea being served by Christine Jones at Redmount, with Michael, Carl, John Pope and Don
The exhilarating descent of the Abbots Way towards Cross Furzes, at Water Oak Corner
Tea at Redmount with Colin Downie, Mark Moreton, Kevin Presland, unknown and Don Hassell
More sandwiches? Tea at Redmount with Colin Downie, Mark Moreton and unknown
Petre’s Cross is several miles into the moor, up the old mineral railway track from Bittaford, and on being warned of this fact Frank had no hesitation in saying he’d meet us at tea! There were however quite a fair number of hardy (or foolhardy) members at Avonwick including one newcomer, Mike Winter, from Plymouth.

Lunchtime saw us quite well into the moor, although still a couple of miles short of our destination, and the sun was shining to counteract a rather cool breeze. The “inner man” duly satisfied, on along the track almost to Redlake before taking to the open moor, past The Cross and down to Huntingdon Warren – not much rideable on this stretch, in fact not even very easy walking!

Most of the Abbots Way from Huntingdon to Cross Furzes was rideable, although its route is rather indistinct, and once back on the surfaced road, a brisk downhill run brought us to Buckfastleigh and a magnificent tea prepared by Mrs Jones (and Mr Jones).

(Colin Brierly)

Michael got a puncture at South Brent and Carl got another after the moorland track at Buckfastleigh.

(Kevin Presland)

[Attendance verified]

[2 points: Frank Boyes, Don Cockman, Noel Downie, Don Hassall, Philip Wrigley]
[4 points: everyone else]

Sunday 17 August 1980
1000-1925
Day ride: Killerton
5 present: Colin Brierly, Antony House, Mark Morton, John Pope, Kevin Presland
Numbers were down for the run to Killerton today – maybe a picnic tea didn’t appeal after the “milk and honey” of the previous week, but really I think it had more to do with Michael reaching the ripe old age of 21. The wind was a bit unfriendly up “The Valley”, but we were through Exwick and on the Stoke Canon road before “grub” started calling loudly, and Stoke Woods provided a pleasant spot to answer the call.

A fairly brief wander around part of Killerton grounds, and then a route following the Clyst for a few miles before heading for Dawlish Water and a picnic tea stop. Food was soon worked down with a zig-zag climb onto Haldon and then a nice run down to Luton and on to Kingsteignton where the Buckfast and Marldon contingents separated.

(Colin Brierly)

[Attendance verified]

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