This post is mainly about another of our ‘big bike out’ videos – to Sampford Courtney for lunch at the New Inn. But of course you could drive too – the New Inn is a lovely traditional Devon pub serving good food and it’s only about 10 miles away from the eco lodges (EX20 2TB, 01837 82247). There’s a large car park at the back with ramped access to the bar, and this pub has an accessible loo and nappy changing facilties – so it’s family friendly too.
But back to the biking…
Actually, this one is not all that big as big bike outs go: 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 of an expedition.
Given the state of the lanes (the grass on the ‘central reservation’ could do with trimming in places) this is probably a day time ride rather than an evening jaunt. That way you see the potholes coming as well as the amazing scenery. At 9 miles one way it’s a more energetic ride than to the Lymington Arms in Wembworthy (2 miles), but very doable. In early spring you’ll get the cow parsley flowers waving wildly in the hedgerows – cheering you on like you’re a tour de France hero. Later in the summer you get a posse of butterfly outriders – and of course swallows doing low fly-bys.
We have two electric bikes to rent at Wheatland Farm, costing £20 each for a full day, or sometimes included in off peak short break cycling packages.