Tuesday, 4 March 2014

4th March 2014 Bideford on Avon Bash 50

Met up with Graham this morning and we went to Bideford on Avon and back on quite a nice circular route.  A chilly, and windy start, but it improved as the day wore on, and the wind assisted journey back made it easier as the second half was certainly hillier than the first.

Barton Moorings

On the road from Welford on Avon to Bideford is Barton. The road at this point is perilously close to the River Avon and floods at the drop of a hat, or should that be a the drop of a bit of rain. All clear today, but the marker board at this location gives an indication as to how bad it can get. Graham has seen it up to 5' deep for long stretches at this point. The Moorings themselves are close by and are privately owned moorings for all sorts of boats. I particularly liked the name of a caravan park near to this location, Riverside Caravan Park. The name itself should be a big clue to stay well clear of the place.

Bideford on Avon Bakery

Situated in the High Street at Bideford, this was our half way stop. Graham looking out for me before entering heaven.  Not just a bakery, a tea room as well, and all the cakes and bread made on the premises are sold at really good prices. Worth a visit if you are nearby

A generous pot of tea, enough for 4, let alone 2, and lardy cake with butter. Don't tell anybody, but we were a bit piggy and had two cakes each. The Strava app that I use to record the miles etc showed that 1200 calories were used up on the ride today so no guilt there then.

The Fish Inn at Wixford

The pub website states that it is 'Gaspingly lovely'! Not sure it deserves that accolade, but having been there several times in the past, they do good food at reasonable prices. It is a good location, certainly during the summer, with the gardens on the banks of the River Arrow. Another place well worth a visit if you are out this way.

King's Head Aston Cantlow

Unlike the Fish Inn, never been to this pub so cannot comment.  Trip advisor gives it 4/5 with some mixed reviews. A nice little village Aston Cantlow, a pleasure to ride through at least.

Another good ride with Graham today. First half was tiring, heading into the wind but with a little detour right at the end, clocked up the first 50 miler of the year.

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