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 lanes. You don’t need a fancy bike – borrow one of ours if you don’t have your own. And if the hills are too much you can get off and walk at a leisurely pace. This ride took us 2 hours 30 mins in October 2016, and that included half an hour for the calorie intake. Read on below the images for more information and an outline map.

You’ll pass the Lymington Arms (great for a final watering hole on your return leg), head on to Partridge Walls and down to the main road. Turn left, and then first right. You’re now on a round route to North Tawton (just follow the signs), coming into the town on the road where Sylvia Plath’s old house stands, just behind the churchyard. Kirsty’s Kitchen is in the square (open most days until 4pm, but closing earlier on Wednesdays- ring to check). Or if you need more than cake, try the fish and chips at Graylings or venture into one of the village pubs.

When it’s time to head back, leave the bottom of the square along North Street, which will take you to Bondleigh. Cross the bridge over the Taw and head towards the church, but turn right along the minor road that will eventually take you back to the main road. This time turn right, then first left, and you’re back on the road towards Partridge Walls. Consider a drink at the Lymie (the Lymington Arms) on your way back – when you reach the pub you’re only 2 miles and 1 climb away from the eco lodges at Wheatland Farm.