Thursday 19 April 2012

Journal of a novice cyclist

So my journal continues, somewhat slowly! What happened to my plans of cycling every week getting fitter slimmer, saving the planet from my car fumes?????

So first things first, every cyclist should stylish is my motto, and yes wearing self stitched goodies. I'm wear a handmade top, and trousers from a clothes swap. I must admit this isn't the most stylish as the weather was a bit grim.

So our ride this time takes us to North Devon to the Tarka Trail, a walking and cycling route that cover 30 miles ish, and is of course famous for the Tarka the otter tales and and Solomon the Salmon of which started there stories in Torrington which is along this trail.

Our destination was this wonderful stopping place called Orchard Yarde. They have made a rustic coffee shop, they also have the most wonderful camping area of three yurts and a camping barn. If you stay you usually get dinner by the fireside and often local musicians stop by for impromptu sessions.

I find this a wonderful place and have longed to stay over night, I'm planning a full cycle ride and stop over when the weather improves, so for today we had great coffee and hand made cakes in the homely but rustic shed.

                                                            Then the 8 mile cycle home.

I can not tell you how much I love this place, I'm sure I will bore the pants off you with more tales from Orchard Yarde.


  1. That looks like a lot of fun. My husband and I honeymooned in Ireland and England, and spent the whole time just driving rural roads and admiring the countryside. I guess the only thing better would be to do it by bicycle!

  2. The bkie ride looks great fun. I like the look of the cafe too. I am going to try and remember that for our summer holidays in Devon. In answer to your question on your last post's comments, yes, I do miss Exeter. It took me a long time to settle in Shropshire. I find Exeter a really easy city to get around, much more pedestrian friendly than where I currently live, Exeter is not too big nor too small. I also miss it cos I usually go to visit family every half terma nd school hols but haven't been since October due to pregnancy and new baby. x

  3. Well done on your 16 mile ride, the Tarka trail looks idilic and Orchard Yarde sounds wonderful, as does dinner by the campfire :)
    p.s. Love your new Layout!!

  4. It looks darling! I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say how much I enjoyed reading about your like in the UK. I live in Philadelphia and long for your rustic ways :)

  5. Thanks for the comments, I'm so lucky living here I do try to make the most of it!
    Minn when you're next in Exeter you can go to the museum that has re opened it's brilliant!
    And gald you are liking the new layout, not too sparse?

  6. That looks totally lovely! Glad you had so much fun on your cycle tour!