Today was a good day. After a good night’s sleep at Forda Farm we chatted with the other guests and Val, the landlady, as we enjoyed breakfast. Val took a few photos of us as we were about to leave for the farm website. After a short sharp climb away from the farm the going was comparatively easy and we had a few nice long fast descents. The broken cloud cover soon cleared and, for only the second time in a week’s cycling, we had to dig out the sunblock.
After starting late it was lunchtime when we picked up the Tarka Trail just outside Petrockstowe. A few miles down the track we stopped at East Yarde for tea and cake (banoffee for me) at a bunkhouse/cafe. We stopped again at Great Torrington where an old engine shed now houses a cycle hire business and cafe.
‘Carbed up’ we enjoyed traffic free easy cycling along the trail to Instow were there’s a nice little bar that overlooks the estuary. The sunshine was too good to waste so we sat outside to replenish our fluid levels. As there was no eateries near our B&B, a mile or so further along the trail at Lower Yelland Farm, we booked a table to come back to later.
Showered and changed it we rode back to the bar on the unloaded Pino. Such a difference without 50lbs of luggage!
A week into our ride and we’ve already done over 200 miles but we’re still only in Devon. Tomorrow we skirt below Exmoor for The Anchor Inn at Exebridge in Somerset.