A bike ride from Princetown to Plymouth
Our return trip through Dartmoor
(Photos/words © urban75, May 2007)
After our hefty haul up endless hills to reach one of the highest towns in England, cycling back was an absolute joy.
The sun was out, the roads all stretched downhill and there was a strong tailwind to assist up back towards Plymouth. Lovely!
A last look at Princetown.
Heading off along the B2312.
"Drive with Moor Care" - eek! What a dreadful pun!
One of the few uphill sections of our trip across Dartmoor.
The views were fabulous along the whole ride.
On top of the moor there's barely a tree to be found anywhere.
Another fantastic view.
On the way down I managed to touch 40mph a few times on my little folding bike but I have to say it didn't feel too stable at those speeds!
Riding into Yelverton, past the Catholic Church. The whole trip across Dartmoor from Princetown had only taken us about 15 mins!
Time for a coffee at the Rock Inn in Yelverton.
I'd imagined the town to be quite a pretty one, but it seemed to be built entirely around a large roundabout with a row of unattractive shops dominated by a petrol station.
St Paul's Church Yelverton. After a plane taking off from the nearby airfield hit the tower during WW2, the church was fitted with a red light.
Picking up the West Devon Way cycle path towards Clearbrook by Yelverton.
The path ran along the trackbed of an old tramway.
You can clearly see an old rail and concrete sleepers in this view.
Across open fields.
Heading into Clearbrook to pick up the Plym Valley Way again.
Old railway sand container by the trackbed.
View from the Plym Valley Way.
Short shaky video taken from my bike as I rode the old railway line towards Marsh Mills, Plymouth (video)
This was one of the best bike rides I've ever been on, with mile after mile of traffic-free, gently descending gradients taking me through beautiful countryside with barely any effort.
Passing the site of the preserved Plym Valley Railway - check out how far the tracklaying has progressed since we passed the site three days before.
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