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Activity
Cycle
Duration
1 day
Grade
Grade 2

About the challenge

This challenging 1-day ride offers two route lengths, making it an achievable yet worthwhile challenge for all cycling abilities. Our challenge sweeps through Dartmoor National Park for over 60 miles (longest route) linking many villages and attractions along its length, including the ancient Clapper Bridge at Postbridge, the picturesque spot where the East and West Dart Rivers join at Dartsmeet, and the eerie sight of Dartmoor Prison at Princetown. 

The full route is definitely a challenge for more experienced riders. Crossing the moor towards Princetown, it needs stamina and a genuine lust for adventure as we take on the challenging hill climbs. In return you get to enjoy a variety of stunning panoramic views, some fantastic downhill free-wheeling, and an unforgettable sense of achievement!

If you would like to take part in the full 60 mile cycle, please register via the Book Now button.  If you are registering for the 21 mile cycle, please click on the links directly below to sign up.

To book online for the 21 miles cycle please click here - registration fee £25, fundraising target £200

Dates & prices

   
Departs Days Charity Availability Registration fee   Fundraising target   Payment option  
17 May 2015 1 Teenage Cancer Trust Spaces £35 + £200 Or Book now

The itinerary

60 Mile Route

We depart early morning from the small moorside town of Bovey Tracey, after a thorough briefing from the Discover Adventure Team. We climb sharply up and out of the town following the Bovey Valley, passing Dartmoor’s famous Becky Falls and on to the hamlet of Lettaford. We now feel more exposed as we see the moor spreading out before us for the first time. We descend a long straight to the small moor village of Postbridge, close to the ancient Clapper Bridge crossing the East Dart River. There are amenities in the car park if you feel the need for a short break. It is hard not to stop and take a photograph of this famous and photogenic landmark.

After leaving Postbridge we climb to our next landmark at Two Bridges, and then enjoy an undulating stretch passing through pretty villages and hamlets towards the major town of Tavistock. We leave Tavistock, avoiding the main ‘A’ road, heading south for 4 miles to Horrabridge.  Here we prepare ourselves for a stiff climb back onto the moor proper, to the village of Princetown, home to HM Dartmoor Prison, which even on the sunniest days looks bleak! The route starts to look familiar as we approach Two Bridges once more; this time we leave the landmark heading southeast to Dartmeet. We are now on our final leg back to Bovey Tracey; local lanes with some steep gradients take us back to town, feeling pleased with our accomplishments. We arrive to a warm welcome and take time to celebrate with all our fellow riders.

21 Mile Route

We accompany the ‘60 mile riders’ out of the town, up the steep climb leaving Bovey Tracey behind us.  We pass the site of Becky Falls, heading towards the historic village of Manaton. Close to Manaton Rocks (a site known to bouldering specialists) we part company with the 60 mile-ers.  We are now on our own tour of this corner of Dartmoor! We climb to the site known as Hound Tor, said by some to have been the inspiration for Conan Doyle's book 'The Hound of the Baskervilles'!  The whole of this area is famed for ghostly goings-on and is surrounded by mystery. We reach the highest part of the route at the aptly-named Top Tor, and take in the staggering views across the landscape. We descend into pretty valleys, along country lanes and through quaint villages back to Bovey Tracey. Congratulating ourselves on our achievements, we wait to welcome home our fellow participants.

Detailed information

What's Included

The price includes experienced Discover Adventure leaders, vehicle support and mechanical back-up.
Lunch is also provided, along with refuelling snacks and water en-route, and refreshments at the finish.
Being vegetarian or having other dietary requirements is not usually a problem provided you let us know well in advance so we can cater for you. If you know there are plenty of foods you cannot eat you may wish to bring snacks from home so you can top up your energy supply. We strongly recommend you carry a credit card in case of personal emergency.

Trip Safety

Your safety, and that of the rest of the group, is our highest priority. Our trips are designed and planned with safety in mind. Your crew will be equipped with radios and emergency mobile phones, first-aid kits and other safety apparatus where necessary. They always have access to our 24-hour emergency back-up. Our leaders are responsible for safety on the trip, and will make any changes to the itinerary they deem necessary should local conditions dictate. Pre-trip administration – such as compulsory medical questionnaires and optional personal travel insurance – is all done with your safety in mind.

Worldwide Sustainable Tourism

Long before ‘Responsible Tourism’ became a recognised phrase, we designed and ran our trips to ensure they made minimum impact on the environment and a positive impact on the local communities we pass through.

Discover Adventure Projects

We are supporting a tree-planting project in Peru and a children’s community project in Tanzania on a long-term basis. If you would like to ‘give something back’ please consider donating £5 to our projects when you sign up. Please see our website for more details.

Carbon Offsetting

We encourage all our customers to offset emissions connected with their trip. You can offset at any time in the lead-up to departure by visiting Climate Care via our website and making a donation to a worthwhile project supported by them. Alternatively, if you wish to take more practical action in the UK you can volunteer for a day with The Conversation Volunteers and work on an environmental project local to you. Work may include construction footpaths, dry stone walling, creating wildlife habitats or planting trees in your community. Volunteer today at www.tcv.org.uk or call 01302 388883.

Preparing for the challenge

Cycling Information

Terrain

The cycling is mainly undulating over rolling countryside, with some notable climbs. Participants should make sure they are fit enough to manage the various distances in one day over this terrain. This is not a ride which any cyclist should attempt without training. Our route is carefully planned to use smaller roads with light traffic wherever possible, but sometimes this is unavoidable. We are always happy to talk through the trip in more detail with you if you are worried about your fitness at any stage.

Bikes

We strongly recommend that you ride a road /racing bike (rather than a mountain bike) for this trip due to the distance involved on well-surfaced roads. It’s really important that you ride the bike you have been training on so you are used to it. Although training in the gym is useful, there is no substitute for getting out into all weathers and really getting to know your bike – especially the range of your gears.

Bike Repairs

Our support vehicles will carry a range of spares along with a full tool kit. However it is impossible for us to carry spares for every eventuality so it is vital that you check your own bike is in good working order before departure. It is a condition of travel that you supply your own helmet and wear it at all times while cycling, with the straps done up.

Weather

Even in the summer months the weather can be variable and change quickly. You should be prepared for heat, rain, strong winds and limited visibility.

Support

Back-up vehicles support the cyclists along the route, but you should bring a small daypack or large bumbag to carry for items needed during the day as you cannot guarantee being near a vehicle when you need it. A warm change of clothes (clearly labelled) can be left at the finish for collection at the end of the ride.

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