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
  • This site contains reports with photos and videos of every ride and tour since 1985
  • Reports on Torbay Section rides and tours 1978-1985 can be found here
Next event (see the Forthcoming Events section for more)
Friday 24 August 2018
Evening ride: Decided on the Day
Our evening rides are suitable for beginners and experienced riders from age 10-17. Parents are welcome to accompany their children. Please bring working front and rear lights and some warm clothing. There will be hot drinks and refreshments after the ride until 10.15 for those who would like to stay.

Recent events (see the Recent Events section for more)
Sunday 19 August 2018
Day ride: Totnes (18 mi)Dry but cloudy with sunny spells
5 present: Dillan Edwards, Michael Jones, Jude Norris, George Rogers, John Rogers
The cycle path from Dartington to Totnes (12:19)
The cycle path from Dartington to Totnes (12:18)
The seal returns (12:33)
Looking for a seal at Totnes Weir (12:28)
Dillan and George climbing trees over the Dart (13:56)
The riverside path between Totnes and Riverside station (13:54)
A bird hide, from where we could see .. no birds at all! (14:11)
Dillan, Jude and George up a tree (13:57)
Dillan and Jude called in to wake up George on the way through town, and to our surprise both he and John were keen to join the ride. After a welcome coffee from Kelly we headed out via Caddaford Hill to Staverton Bridge, up to Huxham's Cross and then down through Dartington to the cycle path.

We stopped briefly at Totnes weir, and everyone was surprised when Michael said he had seen a seal in the river. By the time they all looked it had disappeared under water, although John said he had seen a blur. The animal did not reappear so people started suggesting Michael had seen a dog in the water - a seal dog! The last laugh was on them however when the seal reappeared ten minutes later and was photographed doing its rolls.

There was a leisurely atmosphere in the club today as everyone renewed friendships, so nobody was in a hurry. We went to Morrisons to try out the new café and ended up buying cooked food, hot drinks and donuts for the usual low prices. We then rode to Totnes bridge and took the riverside path back towards the steam station, stopping briefly so that the youngsters could climb a tree with limbs overhanging the river.

Continuing back to the Shops at Dartington we passed a bird hide off Dartington Lane that offered views over the marshy fields nearby, but look as we might we could not see a single bird from inside or outside the hide. We then called in to the Food shop at Dartington that Michael and Dillan had discovered a few weeks earlier, buying some tasty cakes and snacks. Finally we took the cycle path back to Riverford Bridge and followed Colson Road back to Buckfastleigh, chatting about everything and nothing as we meandered through the twisty lanes.

Friday 17 August 2018
Evening ride: Cancelled
0 present:
With everyone away this evening the ride was cancelled.

This new site, which is being updated weekly, currently contains 4034 daily reports on all 3555 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.