Dartmoor – where to start?
Starting a new job in Plymouth next week and will be staying in a B&B near Yelverton for a week or two until I get sorted with somewhere to rent. I don’t know the area so any pointers as to where to start for some evening rides on Dartmoor?Posted 11 years ago
You’ll be ideally situated for the Burrator/Princetown/Widowmaker trails – details HerePosted 11 years ago
Oooh, sounds good. Anywhere I can view them on an old fashioned map rather than a gpx file to download? Not got one of them new fangled gps things yet 😉Posted 11 years ago
Try this done clockwise you can extend it by going straight on @ the stone cross near Whiteworks & do the decent down past the scout hut to Sheepstor.Posted 11 years ago
I am probably riding the route mentioned above not this Saturday, but the Saturday after – so if you want me to guide you then no worries – just send me an email (my email in profile) and we’ll sort it out.
We (me and a couple/few mates) ride all over Dartmoor and I think the following week we are doing the ‘Stepping Stones’ route from Postbridge if you fancy that?
Anyway buddy – if you’re interested let me know.
CheersPosted 11 years ago
when you move closer to plymouth give me a shout…we are a small group based in plympton we ride 2-3 times per week mainly tues/thurs and sunday early morning, alternatively if you fancy a quicker paced ride then look up the yogi’s who ride tues evenings from 6pm in the b&q car park in plympton.
next sunday i should be riding out somewhere (if i finally finish off my stupid extension)…do you have transport? could meet somewhere and go on up to east dartmoor somewhere…Posted 11 years ago
Grenofen woods is rideable from yelverton and good for a hour or two.Posted 11 years ago
Don’t get too excited by that ‘widowmaker’ tag, it’s about 20m of trail which qualifies for ‘technical’ by some folk and I suppose that for a lot of Dartmoor it is.
As da Jam man said above you are even closer to some sweet single track and a load of fun exploring between Yelverton and Tavi ie Grenofen area.Posted 11 years ago
My GPX says the widowmaker is 1.5miles long? But steel4real is right also as the Grenofen area is fun too!Posted 11 years ago
Deffinately different ‘widowmakers’ although the popular one also only seems to have about 20m of ‘interesting’ trail – the rest is just fast double track/fire road.
Always fun though 😀Posted 11 years ago
The one I know is pretty rough and you wouldn’t want to come off on it but it’s not difficult.
Liking the cheeky descent off the mast at princetown at the moment.Posted 11 years ago
James – another Dartmoor regular rider here. It maybe a bit short notice but i’m taking another STWer out on Dartmoor next monday 15th we are starting from Princetown @ 5 pm, if you are interested email me addy in profile. I maybe able to do other rides too in E.Cornwall.
Jam bo – the TV mast descent is a hoot & running fast in the dry. The top is a bog-fest in the wet tho.Posted 11 years ago
I always understood the ‘widowmaker’ as being a bit of a tounge in cheek name for it. Its just doubletrack with lots of 10-30cm rocks, some fixed and a few loose, seemingly easier the faster you go but with a higher ‘failure penalty’, as in if you lost your front wheel you would be more than likely to land on something hard and pointy. Gives your bingo wings a bit of a shaking on the way down, and a moderately satisfying climb if you do it the ‘wrong’ way.
Loads of semi-cheeky round there too. Lights and someone to show you round when all the walkers have gone home would be ace. Yogi cycling do a not-too-strenuous group night ride on a thursday usually meeting at the car park in Yelverton. Never done the thursdsay rides, a few different faces from the ones I know but apparently they are a nice bunch.Posted 11 years ago
The Widowmaker…… quite steep and technical if you tilt the camera and take the shot from close to the ground 😉
Posted 11 years ago
the TV mast descent is a hoot & running fast in the dry
be careful, they’ve ‘modified’ it a bit and put some drainage channels in nearer the bottom. I hit one flat out and nearly ended up in the bottom of the big dip off the the left last time.Posted 11 years ago
Cheers all – can only do mid-week evenings at the minute until I get moved down properly. Carlphilips – will give you a shout!Posted 11 years ago
mid week evenings is fine buddy, tues/thurs evenings someone should be about…Posted 11 years ago
mid week evenings is fine buddy, tues/thurs evenings someone should be about…
I could potentially be working in South Devon on Thursday.Posted 11 years ago
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