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Saturday 10 April 1982
0800-2300
Tour: Cornwall Day 2: Golant to Tintagel YH
12 present: Colin Brierly, Jean Brierly, Valerie Farrell, Michael Jones, Frances Lofty, Jackie Lofty, Mark Morton, Kevin Presland, Robert Spence, John Stuart, Mike Ward, Nigel Wilson
This shop, in Quay Street, Lostwithiel, appears to sell more than just antiques
Rob and Colin in our cosy attic dormitory at Golant youth hostel
Rob Spence in Fore Street, Lostwithiel, with the old Corn Exchange building on the left
Rob Spence explores the walkway from Quay Street to South Street in Lostwithiel
Rob Spence has fun while Pete Luxton tries to take a nap at the lunch spot near Newbridge Wood
St Bartholomew's Church, Lostwithiel
Jackie, Mark and Frances at the Jamaica Inn, Bolventor (Photo: Kevin Presland)
Laurence, Nigel, Wendy and John look on while cheeky Rob returns to his lunch lair, near Newbridge Wood
Jean Brierly, Pete Luxton (asleep again), Jean Luxton, Iris Buckler and Colin Brierly relaxing in the Tintagel youth hostel common room
Jean Luxton approaches the magnificently-located Tintagel youth hostel
Colin Brierly, Nigel Wilson, Wendy Luxton, Iris Buckler and Jean Brierly in the Tintagel youth hostel common room
At half past nine on a sunny Saturday morning we climbed up the track from Golant to Castle Dore. Most of the Exeter bunch intended to explore the Fowey that morning so we split, with the bulk of us cycling on to Lostwithiel for morning coffee. A short while later the Exeter Section arrived minus Bernard, who had been mislaid en route. After thirty minutes pondering over the possible wrong turnings he could have taken, he arrived intact if not unflustered!

Suitably refreshed we took the first left off the main road and climbed up the lanes to a quiet lunch spot overlooking the Fowey Valley. Entertainment was provided by Jackie’s tennis ball, found near the Torpoint Ferry the previous day.

We dropped down a lovely one-in-five gradient with plenty of bends, and joined the A38 in the valley. At this point, five of us took a wrong turning after going back to fetch something from the lunch spot, which caused some unnecessary waiting at junctions for the others. A lovely run up the valley ended abruptly as we turned left up the hill to St Neot. Still upwards, we pedalled over the moor past the future Colliford reservoir. We found the A30 and battled into the wind past the Jamaica Inn, stopping for a well-deserved coffee at Trewint.

Turning left off the main road we descended through Altarnun before encountering a four-mile drag up through Davidstow Moor, until at Slaughterbridge we finally started to drop off the moor towards Tintagel, where the separated groups met. That evening, Kevin discovered that butter wouldn’t melt on his “baked” potato – funny chap, this warden! Never mind, the tea was good!

(Michael Ward)

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Sunday 11 April 1982
0800-2300
Tour: Cornwall Day 3: Tintagel to Elmscott YH
12 present: Colin Brierly, Jean Brierly, Valerie Farrell, Michael Jones, Frances Lofty, Jackie Lofty, Mark Morton, Kevin Presland, Robert Spence, John Stuart, Mike Ward, Nigel Wilson
Tintagel youth hostel
Tintagel youth hostel
Fabulous sea views from Tintagel youth hostel past Higher Penhallic Point, with Gull Rock in the distance
Tintagel youth hostel from the front
Frances, Mark, Jackie and Mike Ward admire Tintagel Castle (Photo: Kevin Presland)
Walking down the valley road from Tintagel to the castle
View back to the gift shop, from Tintagel Castle
View across Tintagel Haven to Barras Nose, from Tintagel Castle
View to Tintagel church and the coast path to the hostel, from Tintagel Castle
View back to the lower and upper courtyards, from Tintagel Castle
John Stuart in the entrance to Tintagel Castle
John Stuart in Tintagel Castle
Mike Ward, Frances, Jackie and Mark at Tintagel Castle, looking towards Tintagel Head (Photo: Kevin Presland)
Tintagel Castle from the Lower Courtyard
Boscastle, with the youth hostel near the harbour
Morning coffee at Boscastle
Lunch at Millook (Photo: Kevin Presland)
Preparing to leave Boscastle after morning coffee
Approaching Widemouth Bay, from Penhalt Cliff
The first thing on the agenda next morning was a visit to King Arthur’s Castle, which looked impressive in the morning sun. There followed a short cycle up the coast to Boscastle for elevenses. By this time it was getting hot, and Pete Luxton’s knees saw the sun for the first time this year! We took the lanes following the coast to Millook, where we stopped for a well-deserved lunch – in North Corwall one cycles three miles up and down to do one mile on the map!

After climbing up out of Millook we were rewarded by a magnificent view of Bude Bay, followed by some magnificent ice-creams from the beach-hut at the bottom of the hill. From Bude we joined the A39 and plugged on through Kilkhampton to Welcombe Cross. From here the group split, some taking the direct route through Welcombe, finally meeting at Elmscott youth hostel.

Those who visited Elmscott last year were pleasantly surprised by the improvement in the standard of the food and friendliness of the warden. The hearty meal was devoured (just) by all.

(Michael Ward)

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Sunday 11 April 1982
1000
Day ride: Millcombe
1 present: Don Hassall
Whilst we were enjoying ourselves in Cornwall, Don Hassall was giving up his Easter morning to lead the alternative ride. Unfortunately, however, all the youngsters were otherwise occupied and nobody else joined him at the Totnes pick-up. Never mind, I’m sure he enjoyed the ride on that sunny Easter morning – many thanks Don, and apologies on behalf of all those who didn’t join you.

(Michael Jones)

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Monday 12 April 1982Tour: Cornwall Day 4: Elmscott to Home
12 present: Colin Brierly, Jean Brierly, Valerie Farrell, Michael Jones, Frances Lofty, Jackie Lofty, Mark Morton, Kevin Presland, Robert Spence, John Stuart, Mike Ward, Nigel Wilson
Lunch, three miles outside Okehampton (Photo: Kevin Presland)
The next morning was warm and with the following wind immediate thoughts of distances were forgotten. Following the lanes on one of Colin’s devious routes we avoided most of the hills and a steady pace was soon built up. We couldn’t find a coffee spot so we cycled until lunch, which was eaten three miles outside Okehampton in some splendid countryside, with views of Yes Tor and the Okement valley. Jackie’s tennis ball provided entertainment once more, and the field was found to be wet in places!

The Exeter and Torbay Sections parted in Okehampton. Torbay Section had a lovely ride to Moretonhampstead for afternoon tea. Whilst we were waiting near the bikes for the others and enjoying the sun, one of Robert’s tyres suddenly let out a hissing noise and went flat! Poor old Robert – I think he’d lost count of the number of punctures he’s repaired over the weekend! We continued down the valley to Bovey, where everybody went their separate ways.

So good weather again this year, and a tour that was enjoyed by everyone. We look forward to next year!

(Michael Ward)

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Sunday 18 April 1982
1000
Day ride: Scoriton Down
7 present: Colin Brierly, Stephen Downer, Michael Jones, Mark Morton, Glenn Powling, Mark Sheppard, John Stuart
On April 18th, three of our mob were involved with the Torbay Cycle for Peace (TCP for short – the sponsored gargle), which was held in Paignton. They raised nearly £20 between them for the Ecology Party at the expense of some very valuable attendance points – well done all of you!

The rest of us met at Dart Bridge, Buckfastleigh for our ride to Scoriton Down. The weather was superb as we set off up the hill to Cross Furzes, and it wasn’t long before everyone was removing items of clothing – we usually aim to go down Wallaford Road, not up it! A little way past Cross Furzes we turned left down the track to Hayford Hall – Stephen and Mark were pointing earnestly at something the bush behind the dead-end sign, but I never did establish what it was! We were mauled by several dogs as we passed Hayford, and just when we thought we’d escaped, another one appeared a bit further along the track. Fortunately its owner managed to control it in time, and we were on our way once again.

At the end of the stony track was a gate, and on the other side of the gate was … grass, ferns and open moorland! We pretended it was a tarmac road and sailed across the heath and down the hill. As we approached the bottom we discovered a beautiful glade beside a pool: that would most certainly do for lunch, so coats were laid out under the trees.

After a while, Yours Truly through it would be a fine idea to take a few photos. So far so good, but the best place to take the photo was on the opposite side of the stream. I got a foot-full of water from the soggy moss, but eventually I made it and perched the camera on a conveniently-situated tree. Ah, thought I, what a good idea, I’ll set the camera to automatic and be in the picture myself! Well, I thought I could make it back across that stream in ten seconds, but several wet feet and muddy jeans later I had a good set of marathon photo-finishes!

Whilst we were enjoying the peace of the district, an enormous explosion ripped through the air and brought us all to our senses rather abruptly. On investigation it turned out that John’s rear tyre had burst rather dramatically, so Messrs Sheppard, Downer, Morton and Jones amused themselves by exploring the extent of the footpath leading away from our lunch spot. It disappeared down into the woods, but at the bottom there was a clearing by the river and we spent a good hour throwing stones into the river from opposite banks – simply to get each other wet, you understand! Just when we were in full battle, along came a group of Welsh hikers who settled down under the trees to watch the entertainment. They planned to camp there that night, and I must say I was a trifle envious – it was a lovely spot.

When we finally got back to the others, Colin had almost finished reading the paper and was just contemplating going to sleep! It really was getting on though, so we forced ourselves back onto the bikes and made our way over to Scoriton. We finished off a lazy day by wandering through the lanes to Denbury, feeling thoroughly content.

(Michael Jones)

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Sunday 25 April 1982
1000
Day ride: Lannacombe Beach
12 present: Colin Brierly, Jean Brierly, Stephen Downer, Michael Jones, Frances Lofty, Mark Morton, John Pope, Kevin Presland, Richard Read, Mark Sheppard, John Stuart, Mike Ward
And that brings us to the last Sunday in April. The destination was Lannacombe Beach, and just for a change the weather gods had forgotten to read the runs list – the sun was shining on us again! Fourteen of us gathered at the Totnes pick-up, and after slogging our way up through the town we set course via Harbertonford and Moreleigh at Warp Ten in order to get to the beach by lunchtime. The scenery around the Start Point peninsula is quite wonderful, and I am sure we will be returning to the area again in the near future.

On arriving at the beach we had to negotiate a fresh-water stream before we could park the bikes safely. A sheltered portion of beach between the rocks was soon located, and saddlebags were duly unpacked. Just after lunch Kim and Frances disappeared behind a rock, and the next thing we saw was a pair of pink figures running down the beach towards the sea. Michael and Kevin soon followed, but the rest of us had more sense. Colin pointed out the figures in the distance and remarked that soon we wouldn’t be able to see them against the blue background! Sure enough they were soon back, shivering but apparently happy. Next, Stephen and Mark S entertained us by riding around on the sand, and to conclude the programme we ambled along the shore in search of treasure – in the event, all we found were some very sharp rocks that halved the speed of the bare-footed ones!

But all good things come to an end, and so it was that we began the long journey homewards via Slapton and Strete. We were still to have a couple of punctures to mend, and my training shoes were to be laid to rest in Slapton Sands, but we were in no particular hurry that evening.

(Michael Jones)

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Sunday 2 May 1982
0930
Day ride: Hill Bridge (SX 532803)
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Sunday 2 May 1982
1415
Afternoon ride: Decided on the Day
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Sunday 9 May 1982Day ride: Blackpool Sands
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Sunday 16 May 1982Day ride: Devon BCTC Heat
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Sunday 23 May 1982
1000
Day ride: Mark's Bridge (SX 602572)
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Sunday 30 May 1982
1000
Day ride: Challacombe Down
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Sunday 6 June 1982
0930
Day ride: Sidmouth
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Sunday 6 June 1982
1415
Afternoon ride: Decided on the Day
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Sunday 13 June 1982
1000
Day ride: Silveridge Wood (SX 728494)
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Sunday 20 June 1982
1000
Day ride: Mardon Down (SX 770878)
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Saturday 26 June 1982
1900
Social: Social Evening at Redmount
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Sunday 27 June 1982
1000
Day ride: Wistman's Wood
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Sunday 4 July 1982
0930
Day ride: Culver Steps
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Sunday 4 July 1982
1415
Afternoon ride: Decided on the Day
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