Twists, Turns, Turbines & Braunton BiosphereA Little More Challenging 18 Mile Tour
Cost:£65.00 per person
About this experience
For those of you who would like to read more about the route, pretty local names & places to pause...we've added Tour descriptions...if it’s not your thing...feel free to skim read THE NEED TO KNOW details, or skip to the end to end to read about your HOST.
THE NEED TO KNOW
•Approx. 18 miles; 2hr Ride (time dependant on group pace).
•Please also allow up to an extra 30 minutes for all Riders to set up before the Tour & return equipment at the end of the Tour, and additional time for optional stops.
•Confident Beginner - Intermediate...nothing a person with regular fitness can't manage with the help of an e-bike!
•Meet in the Village of Braunton; Main Village Pay & Display Car Park (Overflow Area by the River Caen).
•Please bring coins for car parking if travelling by car.
•Please bring your own water to drink.
•All Tours allow time first for everyone to have their Bike & Helmets fitted and adjusted and a quick chat about the Bikes Features, Keeping Safe, and of course, Bike Etiquette! PLEASE BE AWARE that whilst we have tried to keep these to a minimum there is occasionally a road to cross over, and/or to very briefly cycle on to access the start of the lanes in a couple of places; if it's more than this we will make it clear in our descriptions so you can decide if it's for you. The more challenging the Tour it’s possible there’s a little more road work involved for access, so if you're unsure please read the descriptions.
Heading out through the village towards the oldest part of Braunton, a gradually climbingtakes you through the tree canopied Buttercombe Lane. Catch your breath with glimpses of the wind turbines set amongst the rolling hills of North Devon as you head towards what we like to call Befuddlement Junction; where you’ll be glad it’s a guided tour when approaching the higgledy piggedly lane layout! Undulating up and down until the Tour reaches the very edge of Knowle Village (There’s a very short stretch of the main road from here to allow the Tour to duck out, cross and head up to the next wooded lanes). Twisting and turning through the lanes towards Pickwell Down, the reward is a stunning view out to the Sea, Baggy Point and Lundy Island in the distance...which is one of Rob's favourite views. Passing along the lanes by the hidden but Historic Pickwell Manor and down through the pretty village of Georgeham...if you need a comfort break there is an option here. A valley climb with sea views to your right of The North Devon Biosphere when you reach the top is worth the climb as you travel along No Man’s Land before heading back downwards. The last section is a nice flat but very picturesque cycle alongside the beautiful Braunton Marshes with the Braunton Burrows Sand Dunes in the distance. Stunning landscapes mixed with traditional farmland...look out for the beautiful round thatched Linhay, and the area's local Swans, cycling back to finish at Braunton Village Car Park.
OPTIONAL ON THE DAY!
Where appropriate, and if the group would like, the Tour can make an optional stop at a small local place we know of, for you to purchase a beverage and/or homemade cake to sit outside and enjoy just before heading back to the Village's Main Car Park. This will add additional time on to your tour so please make sure you have enough car parking if you have paid to park in the car park.
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Hopefully not! We hope this Tour will give you a taste of electric bikes and your cycling skills...you might even think about trying out our little more Challenging or Adventure Tours. Maybe think about it over that post cycle G&T?
Rob will be your main host during cycling, I will also join tours where I can and help with transporting bikes. Rob is a very experienced, confident cyclist having done lots of road cycling, mountain bike cycling, e-biking, sportief's etc., and he knows the North Devon lanes well. He's calm under pressure, decent at first aid (though hopefully none will be needed!), and knows his bike maintenance and repair stuff...so you're in good hands...