trailmonkey, andywills, apologies to you both.
We got here on Saturday, bike on back of car. Family days out on Sunday and Monday meant that my riding was restricted to a couple of hours each day. I've explored the green lanes in the Denbury area and found some nice trails. A little different from what I'm used to at home, but it would be worthwhile owning a MTB around here. A couple of bridleways in particular have been rather more technical than I'd expect. The climb up to Denbury hill-fort was as unexciting as I remember from walking it 20 years ago....and I'm not sure whether I was allowed up there as my map dates from that era as well. The pics already posted sum up what I've been riding.
The apologies are because I did my Dartmoor ride yesterday, taking a punt on the weather so I didn't have time to post on here and make arrangements.
I love Dartmoor, but the sensation of stumbling around in a bog, in poor weather knowing that the trail is somewhere over there is not something I love. That's what I had on Shapdon Tor and passing Grimspound.
It was a great ride though. Shapdon Tor, Grimspound, Haynes Down, Trendlebere Down, Houndtor woods (complete load of crap, pointless, horrible, muddy and a stupid climb back out.....), Lustleigh Cleave from the wrong direction and home. 30 odd km, over 1000m of climbing and some really excellent trails. Only one very poor trail - can you tell which one?
I had forgotten how hilly Devon is though. At least in Wales you climb a hill and it's a big one so it takes a while - in Devon there always seems to be a 60m steep climb around the next bend. Good training!