CARS, COACHES, CARAVANS AND CAMPERS – the holidays have begun and with that has come the traffic, making the narrow roads and hills of Exmoor and North Devon even more challenging and at times quite scary!
After a lovely few days with Tom and family and also managing to meet up with some Aussie friends we travelled to Weston super Mare to stay with friends. The bike and trailer went into the bike shop for an MOT and a few running repairs – nothing serious but had to have new bearings for the wheels of the trailer and one or two other bits and bobs.
Then it was off to Minehead, out of Somerset, across Exmoor and into North Devon. Apart from a bit of rain and wind the weather has been kind and the countryside was looking particularly beautiful in the summer sunshine – rich green fields, tall purple foxgloves adding a wonderful contrast of colour to the thick green bracken and hedgerows. The sheep and cattle looked very content munching on the lush pastures seemingly unperturbed by the noise of the increased holiday traffic.
The ride across Exmoor was quite gruelling – a long day of nearly 40 miles across the moors with many steep climbs – needless to say a good night was had by us both ! By contrast we ended the week riding along the well known Tarka Trail from Ilfracombe to Barnstaple – a wonderful, predominantly flat cycle path running alongside the River Taw estuary. The Tarka Trail is a 180 mile long route following in the footsteps of Henry Williamson’s famous novel Tarka the Otter. By this coming weekend we should be heading out to Land’s End – another milestone before turning east towards home !
“”Swimming towards the sunset, Tarka went westwards, under the towering cliffs and waterfalls in whose ferry sides he liked to rest by day. ”
From Henry Williamson’s ” Tarka the Otter ”
Take a look here at last weeks photos!