South Dartmoor CTC
Weekly cycling adventures for youngsters in South Devon
  • Rides, weekends, tours and social activities for young cyclists aged 10-16
  • Part of the national Cyclists' Touring Club, one of Britain's largest cycling organisations
  • Many activities suitable for new members
  • All activities start from Buckfastleigh
Next event (see the Forthcoming Events section for more)
Sunday 31 May 2015
1015-1330
Morning ride: Decided on the Day
The destination for this ride will be decided nearer the time based on weather conditions and the interests of those taking part. The ride may be extended to a full day ride if everyone is in agreemet, or changed to a sports and games social if conditions are wet.

The ride is open to any youngsters aged 10-17, to younger children if accompanied by parents, and to ex-members. Please bring a little money in case we visit a café.

Recent events (see the Recent Events section for more)
Friday 29 May 2015
1900-2215
Evening ride: Decided on the Day
0 present:
Report to follow

Sunday 24 May 2015
1015-1730
Car-assisted day ride: The Camel Trail (24 mi)Cloudy with occasional drizzle
3 present: Tao Burgess, Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones
Tao repairs his puncture by the café at Boscarne (12:10)
Dillan and Tao, ready to join the cycle path at Bodmin (11:54)
Padstow harbour (14:11)
Big queues outside Rick Stein's fish and chips restaurant (13:49)
Padstow harbour (14:12)
Padstow harbour (14:12)
Approaching Bodmin on the Camel Trail (15:56)
Dillan overslept this morning and woke up just as Tao and Michael were leaving in the car. We had soon collected him, loaded his bike and headed off to Bodmin through cloud and light drizzle. Heavier rain this side of Bodmin gave us some cause for concern, but once we had parked up by the Trail conditions were nearly dry.

We had planned an early stop at the Boscarne café, so it was somewhat fortuitous that Tao got his puncture just outside. He forecast the fastest repair we had ever seen, but when his tight tyre beading broke one of his plastic tyre levers the repair time got extended to about 12 minutes.

After an enjoyable café stop we set off with good speed through Wadebridge, passing countless families on hire bikes. We were looking out for dogs in hired dog trailers, but on the outward journey the intended occupant of the only trailer we saw was sensibly running along behind getting some exercise.

As we approached Padstow we ran into drizzle that was more like light rain. The narrow streets were heaving with visitors, no doubt due in part to the bank holiday weekend. Michael wanted a cheese and onion pasty, but the assistant in the only pasty shop without a queue managed to drop the only pasty she had, so he decided to join Tao and Dillan in trying Rick Stein's fish and chips.

Tao's scampi and chips were apparently the best he had ever tasted. Dillan's chips were good although apparently not as good as John's from Buckfastleigh. Michael wanted fish, but all the fish was cooked in beef dripping so he had the vegetarian option which was halloumi - very tasty, but not quite the fish he had hoped for.

We headed back with great speed, the rain stopping once again as we neared Wadebridge. On the final section to Bodmin we were finally rewarded with the sight of a trailer with two dogs in residence, although the large one seemed to be leaving little room for the small one. Tao embarrassed himself as we passed a lake with some rather loud sea birds: he made a joke about seagull noises but was told in no uncertain terms by two passing youngsters that they were actually geese!

This had been a busy and interesting day that proves just how much fun cycling can be even when the weather isn’t 100% ideal.


This new site, which is being updated weekly, currently contains 3646 daily reports on all 3228 events organised by the club since its foundation in 1985. Reports for new events are added as they take place, and older reports are gradually being updated with pictures, text and video where available. Click on the Previous Events menu to see ride reports for any year or a custom report for any rider.