Wednesday, 20 August 2008

Dratmoor revisited

Having waited a week for the weather to tidy itself up ('summer' 2008 will be remembered)...

Went for it. Anton, a French student who is staying in our village had expressed a keen interest in going for a ride on the moor. So I decided to just get weathered.

Actually it was fun, not cold and it didn't rain for the first hour or so. The picture shows a bit of our route that was described as 'this is a potential mudbath' which it was.

Later on the water was a little higher up the leg. Here's Anton crossing. I'm standing about halfway across.
The route was a good introduction to Dartmoor, it climbs out of the village of Postbridge gently (muddy) drops over the shoulder of the hill (fordy) then dives north through farm land, and suddenly you're climbing a high valley. There's a fabulous rocky singletrack descent and then through forest to the roasd, through some bridle paths and back to the start.

Wednesday, 13 August 2008


The British 'summer'. Bah! I finally have a day free, some riders had asked for an introduction to riding off-road on the moor, so I planned a nice ride on Dartmoor.

An easy 16km route on the high moors, Postbridge to Challacombe Down. East from the village to Pizwell, and north over Challacombe down then looping back south through the forest of Soussons Warren to the PUB.

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Gale warning issued by Met Office. Torrential rain, tree-felling winds, good day for experienced riders to have a soggy mudfest, but not really a good day to take riders of unknown skills out in the wild world.

As the great philosopher says: D'oh.