This weekend was the annual Pyranha Dartfest down on Dartmoor. Having not been in a boat for six weeks I was quite looking forward to some white water paddling. Unfortunately it wasn’t to be. A lack of rain meant the rivers were to low to make paddling worthwhile.
So instead I took my trusty steed and a weekend of biking was a fantastic substitute even if it was a little hard going at times.
Saturday was spent in the Quantock hills biking around the village of Holford. Three big climbs and some fabulous down hill was slightly mired by the weather which conspired to get us so lost we ended up trying to cycle up the first section of single track; we were thinking it would make a better downhill route at the time!
Sunday we decided to try a route over Dartmoor. Starting at Dartmeet we headed up the East Dart to Postbridge then crossed the moor to the West Dart before cycling back to the start.
Exhausting is the only word that can describe this. Some brutal uphill, five river crossings and large sections of track that were either to rocky, rooty or boggy to cycle. Large portions were walked either pushing or carrying our bikes.
Despite taking us 5 hours (the guidebook suggested 3-4) and discovering a massive fear of trying to cross rivers using stepping-stones whilst wearing SPDs and carrying a bike (thanks for saving me Dave) it was an awesome day.