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Dartmoor Explorer weekend – with added bonus Friday ride!
May 20 @ 10:30 am - May 22 @ 6:30 pm
A weekend explorer taking in some of the finest scenery and trails that Dartmoor has to offer!
Optional Friday ride: Classic Quantocks loop 10am kick off from ///slung.famous.unwraps
21 Miles and 3800ft climbing, picturesque woodlands and open moors with views over to Minehead and Hinkley(!). It’s hilly too so a great warm up for Saturday. Bring snacks as there are sadly no cafes!
Saturday: (travel down if you didn’t come down on Friday) ride the classic Hound Tor loop – including the infamous ‘Nut Crackers’ descent! 10am start from ///lightly.poppy.mystified (for those not staying at the barn)
24miles and 4000ft of climbing(!) featuring abandoned villages and woody singletrack. This ride is ‘old skool’ XC with some fun sections and open Moor. And bloody big climbs (with some pushing).
Short-cuttable in a couple of places if your legs aren’t feeling up to it, and just a couple of technical sections that would stray into the red grade, all walkable/avoidable if needed. (I’ve ridden the whole loop on a lightweight XC hardtail without a dropper so it’s not super tech).
Hardtail and short travel full sus friendly.
Overnight stay at the Hound Tor camping barn
Hint: not a five star hotel but is a medieval long house! Great character, dry and with flushing loo, shower and electric ring. Accommodation is on two mezzanine wooden sleeping platforms, camping mats and sleeping bags needed. We may be sharing with other people not in our group depending on who turns up/how busy it is. You’ll also need breakfast things, coffee/tea and snacks etc. bring cutlery/plates/pans too.
Ebike update – the barn does have sockets but not many of them, you’ll need to bring an extension lead! They do have an electric ring/kettle so the power can cope with a bit of load!
Costs £10/head/night bring cash to pay the farm directly.
Within 20min walk of
Where food and beer can be consumed. And cider.
We have booked a table for 7pm for 7 people for both Friday and Saturday night, although I’m sure they can be a little flexible with the numbers if needed.
Sunday: quick drive over to near Princetown, ride another classic: the Sheep’s Tor loop 10am start
18miles and 2000ft climbing, an easier day! Another old skool ride but with more of an open Moor feel than Saturday, some extended, rocky, descents (OK, one’s called ‘Widow Maker’ but they’re just building it up for the tourists!). Blue if you ride them slowly, red if you go fast!
Chance to visit the cottage used in War Horse, and potentially get used by the Army as target practice!
Fry up at a cafe in Princetown and job’s a good’n!
Depending on the number of peeps that go we could split into a speedy and sedate pace groups, I’ve got GPS files available which cover the loops pretty well.
More details when I think of them…