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THIS EVENT IS NOW FULL - THANKS TO EVERYONE FOR THEIR SUPPORT Although of course we are principally a walking group sometimes we need to ring the changes and come up with weekends away which are a bit different. We hope this fits that bill! For walkers there is one of the largest undeveloped land areas in the UK. In some months of the year you have to put up with a variety of military training areas, with live fire, which can be a little uncomfortable but you will be pleased to know this does not happen in the month of August! That's a relief. So assuming we have our usual bonus walk AND an alternative bike ride available on the Friday you'll have four glorious days of outdoor heaven where you can go off on a selection of spectacular walks, ride a bike (or a horse) or maybe paddle a kakak or do some site seeing or photography. Dartmoor is not boring or flat! Trust me. The Okehampton Activity Centre which is also a YHA is a fabulous spot for walking, road/trail cycling, mountain biking and horse riding and many other outdoor pursuits. We have therefore booked part of the Centre for our exclusive use over August Bank Holiday Long Weekend next year and plan to offer most of these if we can. You can bring a bike if you need one but these can be hired on site. We'll set up the horse riding option at a later date. Whilst there are some more advanced mountain bike rides available, for those who want something a bit less challenging there are 4 or 5 excellent circular trail rides from Okehampton of 20 or 30 miles including some incorporating spectacular new Granite Way which has recently been completed. May even be some kayaking available as well. As is usual on our weekends all of the food is provided other than Friday dinner. Okehampton is easily reached by road or public transport with nearest mainline station being Exeter. Total cost for this long weekend including all food, accommodation and walks is NOW just £89.00 which needs to be paid when you book. Bike Hire, Horse Riding or Kayaking will incur additional charges. If you have to cancel more than 28 clear days before the event start date you will get a full refund less 15% cancellation fee. If you cancel with less than 28 but more than 14 clear days notice the cancellation fee increases to 50%. No refunds will be provided to those cancelling with less than 14 clear days notice. ("clear" means does not include event start date or cancellation date!)
THIS EVENT IS NOW FULL AS NUMBERS ARE LIMITED BY OUR ABILITY TO TRANSPORT PEOPLE AND BIKES. WE'LL PROVIDE FURTHER INFORMATION FOR THOSE WHO HAVE BOOKED SHORTLY. Whilst doing a bit more planning for our Dartmoor long weekend over August Bank Holiday we realised there was an opportunity for this rather special cycling trip to be taken over the Saturday and Sunday of the weekend with a rest day / easy cycling or walking day on the Bank Holiday Monday all using the same accommodation as the general weekend. We can probably only easily cater for 5 people who might want to do this because of the issue of transporting bikes to Ifracombe and from Plymouth but if a bigger response we will try and work out a way for this to be accomplished. The route combines the beaches and estuaries of North Devon with the lush green valleys of the Torridge, the Tavy, the Walkham and other evocative West Country rivers. The route also skirts round the western flank of Dartmoor offering superb views of Cornwall and the surrounding area. There are also many local links and spurs to explore. Largely tracing the course of former railway lines, the route takes you through tunnels and across the breathtaking viaducts and bridges bequeathed by Victorian railway engineers. Leaving Ilfracombe, the route travels south and takes you initially on a traffic free path before joining quiet roads that provide superb views of Braunton. At Braunton the route starts a 30 mile traffic free section on almost entirely level former railway lines beside the beautiful Taw and Torridge estuaries via Barnstaple, Bideford and Great Torrington to the villages of Petrockstowe and Meeth. This section of the route is known as the Tarka Trail and is perfect for families and novice cyclists. Further south to Okehampton on quiet roads the route from there to Lydford is known as the Granite Way. Between Tavistock and Plymouth the Devon Coast to Coast route is known as the Drake's Trail. This has recently been developed in to a fully traffic-free stretch of National Cycle Route with the addition of the dizzying Gem Bridge. On arrival in Plymouth the route travels along the seafront, past the National Marine Aquarium and Tinside Lido - a fantastic sea water pool in an Art Deco style. Basically you arrive Friday night with bike or these can be hired from the Centre we are staying at. Saturday morning we transfer participants and bikes to Ilfracombe for the cycle back to Okehampton. Sunday you set off from the Centre to cycle to Plymouth and we pick you up there (with bikes) for return to the Centre. As with our general package, food is provided throughout the weekend. Okehampton is easily reached by road or public transport with nearest mainline station being Exeter. Total cost for the long weekend including all food, accommodation and people / bike transfers is NOW just £89.00 which needs to be paid when you book. Bike Hire will incur additional charges. If you have to cancel more than 28 clear days before the event start date you will get a full refund less 15% cancellation fee. If you cancel with less than 28 but more than 14 clear days notice the cancellation fee increases to 50%. No refunds will be provided to those cancelling with less than 14 clear days notice. ("clear" means does not include event start date or cancellation date!) This event is shared between our three associated Meetup groups and the maximum number possible is 6.
A longer bike ride across the beautiful scenery of the Peak District, mainly on two old railway tracks which are well maintained with tarmac or gravel surfaces. There is a bike hire centre on site in case you don't want to bring your own. This meetup is shared between our three associated Meetup groups so there'll be plenty of people taking part.
There is the wreckage of more than 80 aeroplanes spread around the Peak District mostly from the wartime era and early 1950's. Despite that passage of time there is still a great deal of debris left behind and it is quite a shock when you stumble across it and think about the lives that have been lost. With limited time we can only view the small number of wrecks that are easily accessible but still a very interesting and enjoyable walk noneless. Overall distance: < 8 miles Accummulated ascent: 550m This walk is shared between our three associated Meetup groups so there'll be others taking part.