Just as storm Hannah was approaching, we were packing our panniers, checking our kit and thinking, what the hell, lets go anyway! What’s the worst that could happen?
In the end, not a lot. It was a bit breezy on the way down, and it did rain too. But, we ended up wetter on the inside more so than on the outside.
Our route down to Lynton is below. Though we missed Cheddar and went via Glastonbury – how we missed Cheddar I don’t know, but miss it we did!
Staying at the Channel View campsite, Lynton, we pitched up around 5.30pm or so and once sorted out our camping kit, headed straight to the Beggars Roost pub next door. The choice then became rather more difficult – Stag, Ram or Otter beer being the order of the day – a few more than planned but never mind.
Campsite, Shaldon and Verity
The next day’s ride was meant to follow the coast down to Crackington Haven, but due to aforementioned storm we headed inland to the south coast all the way to Shaldon opposite Teignmouth via some very minor roads indeed. Returning back to camp around 6.30pm on some more minor roads. 180 miles or so that day; 6 hours of fantastic riding! Plus a couple of hours for stops.
Sunday, packed up dry tents and headed off home around 10am on very minor back roads avoiding main motorways and big A roads. SatNav was very accommodating. Following SatNav we stopped at a cafe in Cheddar Gorge before heading back to our next stop in Devizes. From there, I pootled on home to Cricklade notching up around 480 miles or so!
This was a training weekend for Advanced Riders – we did that too. Both riders changed their approach to bends and corners and made better use of forward planning and observation links. You may notice in the video that there is a lot of debris in the centre of our lanes – the rider took what he considered the safest route around to avoid slipping.