Category Archives: Cycling

Big bike out: To North Tawton for cake at Kirsty’s Kitchen

Here’s a lovely and moderately strenuous ride that takes you to one of the best chocolate brownie cafes in Devon, and gives you the chance to work it off again afterwards. This ride is 26km, according to George’s bike computer (16 miles). There’s only about 200m on a main road and the rest is back

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Wheatland Farm to Ilfracombe by bike

Another mighty bike ride – this time from Wheatland Farm to Ilfracombe [Maggie] Ok, so this was more of a challenge ride for George, who wanted something to beat the 40 miles he did 2 years ago (Barnstaple and back). This one had much the same North Devon route, and was about 50 miles, but

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Yarde Orchard Cafe, 15-miles from the eco lodges and on the Tarka Trail

NOTE: CLOSED UNTIL EASTER 2017 We didn’t ask, but I imagine that’s either bread or pizza dough Simeon is making. He’s one of the owners of Yarde Orchard Cafe, the fairly hippy tea cake and lunch stop on the Tarka Trail between Petrockstowe and Watergate. Our favourite route is to start at Puffing Billy, just

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The New Inn at Roborough, another lovely pub serving good food

Here’s a local pub whose sign outside actively welcomes muddy boots and paws. It’s the New Inn in Roborough, about 7 miles from the eco lodges. It makes a fun expedition down the back lanes on the electric bikes (that’s how we found it), or you can drive the slightly more direct route and miss

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Cycle to the New Inn, Sampford Courtney, for lunch

Here’s another of our ‘big bike out’ videos. Actually, this one is not all that big: it’s the first half of the Wheatland Farm to Belstone route that we did last year on our push bikes. This time we’ve done it on the electric bikes, which made it more of a ‘pub run’ and less

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Lunch at the Lymington Arms, 2 miles from the eco lodges

One of our nearest pubs is the Lymington Arms in Wembworthy. It has a great reputation for food and is open Weds through Saturday form lunch and evenings, and Sunday lunch. There should be a menu in your accommodation but if not just ask at the house. Ring and book a table on 01837 83572.

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Borrow a bike

At Wheatland Farm eco lodges we have a sizeable and growing collection of ‘farm bikes’, which are all free for you to use on your holiday. We have kids’ and adults’ sizes. They’ve all been rescued from the local recycling centre and refurbished. So they may not be sparkly new, but they are serviceable and

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Winkleigh Cider Factory

If you want a really local brew, and a taste of Devon, try the cider made at the Winkleigh Cider Factory. You’ll find it in the local pubs, and the factory has a shop too, where you can try the different varieties and buy some to take home. Looking for a cat sitting present? This

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Meeth Quary Nature Reserve

Great news! The Devon Wildlife Trust has bought the old clay pits at Meeth and turned them into a massive nature reserve, which it opened in 2013. It makes a lovely day out with a real feel of space – 150 ha! Meeth Nature Reserve incorporates six threatened wildlife habitats, supports 18 species of national

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Testing the new electric bikes at Wheatland Farm, Devon

We’ve been out and about testing the new electric bikes. Reckon if we go up and down this hill until the battery runs down we’ll have a good idea of a minimum range.