|Activity||Activity date||Activity description|
|Exeter and back||2016-11-19||Another 20 mile ride into Exeter and back. First ever average of 13 mph on a twenty mile ride. Storm Angus had left the flood prevention overflows in full spate in Exeter.|
|Exeter bike ride||2021-10-20||Liz post work|
|Exeter and back||2017-04-24||A fairly gentle ride into Exeter and back. Had the Marin loaded up with a pannier and computer bag as though I was going to cycle into work. After a bit of adjustment it all seemed to work ok.|
|Exeter and back - quite fast||2017-02-18||A very fast (for me) ride out to Exeter (averaged 16.2mph - would have been faster but for the hordes of pedestrians on the last couple of miles) and a somewhat slower ride back into quite a strong head wind. Stopped briefly at SYC to watch the dinghy instructor pre-prep course. Fastest overall average I've managed on the 20 miles "Exeter and back" ride. First time averaging over 14 mph!|
|Exeter and back||2017-02-06||Super fast on the way out. A bit slower on the way back. The last five miles were into a fairly strong headwind right on the nose. That and pouring rain and the cold put a slight damper on the last quarter!|
|Exeter and back||2016-12-18||Foggy ride into Exeter and back|
|Exeter and back||2017-12-26||Easy ride on teh way out. Wet and windy on the way back. Stopped at SYC on the way back to fix the webcam and weather PC. Weather station recording 20 knots of wind right on the nose for the remaining part of the journey home.|
|Exeter and back||2017-08-26||Into Exeter and back. On the posh bike but far too many blind and deaf walkers, kids and doggies on the paths to be able to go too fast.|
|Exeter and back||2017-04-17||In to Exeter on the Marin bike. Stopped at SYC on the way back to watch Liz and Nigel on the safety boat. About the same strength and direction wind as yesterday so it seems that the posh bike makes me about 1.5 mph faster.|
|Exeter and back||2016-12-17||First ride in a fortnight - work and the weather put paid to the previous weekend.|
|Lutzys cafe||2017-11-11||A cycle ride into Exeter and back with Liz. Stopped at Lutzy's Cafe for the rather nice custard tarts and some coffee.|
|Exeter||2018-05-18||Into Exeter and back with Liz. Coffee at Lutzys and then a fairly strong breeze to contend with on the way back.|
|Exeter and back||2017-10-07||Too windy for us to want to go sailing (F4 gusting F6) so Liz and I cycled into Exeter and back.|
|Exeter and back||2017-04-16||Into Exeter and back. A fair old head wind on the way out but speedy on the way back. Not a bad average for me given that I'm still not fully over the lurgie I've had for the last couple of weeks.|
|Exeter and back||2017-02-27||A gentle ride into Exeter and back. A mixture of sunshine and showers but at least the wind was from the side. Most impressively, Liz managed to come off her bike but still remain standing at the end of the manoeuvre!|
|Exeter and back||2018-04-23||Into Exeter and back with Liz. Stopped for a coffee at Lutzy's. Watched the dredger deepening the channel out from the Turf Locks.|
|Exeter and back||2017-04-14||Wanted a nice gentle ride as it was the first time back on the bike in three weeks - a camper van trip and a slow to end lurgie having got in the way. And a nice gentle ride with Liz it was.|
|Exeter and back||2016-12-05||To the Mill On The Exe and back|
|Exeter and back||2017-05-08||Cycle ride into Exeter and back with a stop at SYC on the way back. Not a bad average for me as I was on the Marin hybrid loaded up with a pannier, locks and a book.|
|Exeter and back||2017-01-21||Cold days cycle ride into Exeter and back. Just above freezing. Very gentle ride with Liz - reflected in the somewhat slower than usual average speed.|
|Exeter and back||2017-12-23||Into Exeter and back with Liz|
|Exeter and back||2018-01-20||Into Exeter and back with Liz. Picked up some free tide timetables from the very nice people at Bridger Marine on the Quay.|
|Into Exeter and back||2017-08-05||Too windy for sailing so we went cycling. Quite a big bit windy said Liz after her first time on the bike for quite a while.|
|Exeter and back||2017-12-04||A ride into Exeter and back with Liz|
|Exeter and back||2017-02-21||Another "fast for me" ride into Exeter and back. Fast - as in more than 14mph average. There was a sod of a headwind on the way out so made up time on the way back (although I could swear that the wind changed direction just as a I started back from Exeter).|
|Floods, a puncture and a disputed cupcake||2018-03-04||Post snow flooding on the Exe cycle path meant a bunch of walking. Liz didn't want the gorgeous Lutzy's cupcake bought for her so it was half each - the first "snack" this year! Then a blowout on the way home on Lizzie's rear tyre. Not helped by the poxy pump we had with us only being able to half inflate the tyre. A trip to the LBS tomorrow for a replacement.|
|Exeter cycle ride||2017-10-22||Into Exeter with Liz. Strong headwinds on the way out - faster on the way back. Saw a Bentley with a bike rack on the back at the Swan's Next park.|
|Exeter and back||2017-01-05||Quite fast on the way out but a bit of a head wind on the way back slowed things down a bit overall.|
|Exeter and back||2016-12-03||A windy ride into Exeter and back, Liz still in post lurgie mode.|
|Exeter and back||2018-02-16||Into Exeter and back with Liz. Straight into a headwind on the way home.|
|Dawlish and Exeter||2017-12-18||Into Dawlish with Liz to pay a bill and then up to Lutzy's on Exeter Quay. A lovely sunny winter's day with next to no wind. Liz says "bad back and snotty nose" the reason for the slightly low average speed.|
|Exeter and back||2016-11-28||A windy ride into Exeter and back. Luckily the wind (F5 to F7 on Met Office forecast) was mostly on the side,|
|And another twenty miles||2016-10-21||To the Mill On The Exe and back again.
This one was very slightly easier than yesterday but that's probably because it was such a still day.
Average of 12mph!!! I don't think I've ever averaged that before.
Cheating slightly by stopping to read a chapter of a book at the Exe Quay (safe water mark) and at the Turf Locks - as it was such a nice day.
Tags: Mill on the Exe
|Exeter and back||2018-02-12||A gentle cycle ride into Exeter with Liz. First time on the bike in nearly two weeks due to a winter lurgie that refused to go. Still not 100% right yet! Lutzys was still closed.|
|Exeter and back||2017-03-10||Into Exeter and back. Average speed not too bad given that there was quite a strong headwind on the way back.|
|New Years Eve bike ride||2016-12-31||Exeter and back|
|Xmas eve ride||2016-12-24||Into Exeter and back. First solo ride for a couple of week and the slightly higher speeds made it hard work!|
|Xmas day bike ride||2016-12-25||A ride with Liz into Exeter and back. Lots of kids on the cycle path with shiny new Xmas present bikes.|
|Exeter and back||2018-01-29||Into Exeter and back with Liz to do a bit of shopping. Bit windy and had to walk past the people putting up a new fence along the railway along the estuary. There was a new cruise boat - The Spirit Of Loch Ness - in the Turf Lock. Not seen her before.|
|Bike ride into Exeter||2017-07-02||A leisurely bike ride into Exeter with Liz. Liz's first time on the bike in a while. Combine that with hundreds of ISCA Academy 10 year olds vying to see which one of them could throw themselves under Liz's front wheel first, and the average speed makes more sense. Stopped at SYC on the way back.|
|Exeter and back||2016-11-27||Liz's first time back on the bike at the tail end of a two week lurgy.|
|Another twenty miles||2016-10-20||Third day in a row of cycling into Exeter and back.
Every day is getting harder - surely that's not right!
A couple of "reading breaks" on the way back.
Tags: Mill on the Exe
|Exeter and back||2018-01-28||First time on the bike after the gears were mended. All good.|
|Exeter and back||2017-03-04||A gentle wide into Exeter and back with Liz.|
|Exeter and back||2016-12-29||Into Exeter and back. Moving average a little disappointing given how hard I pedaled!|
|Exeter and back||2017-06-12||Quite hard work as I hadn't been on the bike for the last three weeks and there was a bit of a head wind on the way out.|
|Bike ride to Exeter||2016-10-18||Start of a possible attempt to maybe get a little fitter. A twenty mile round trip ride into Exeter (Mill on the Exe area) and back again. The final climb back up Cockwood Hill nearly killed me.|
|Another twenty miles||2016-10-19||Another ride into Exeter and back. Hard work!|
|Bolberry Down and Soar Mill Sove||2019-09-07||First day of hols! Whiteley's off to new camp-site near Salcombe - remember for family happiness mobile signal not great for route finding! New camp-site with very friendly owners.Walked to Saw Mill Cove lots of dog swimming & ball throwing. Views of Rame Head (Liz's favourite headland!), Burgh Island & the Eddystone. Expensive pints at newly furbished bar on way back.
Tags: Soar Mill Cove
|Exeter and back||2017-12-09||Into Exeter and back. Just got bike back from a big service by Jon S. Combination of a freshly serviced bike and not much wind made the moving average a bit better than some other recent rides.
Tags: Mill On Th eExe
|Lympstone and back||2016-12-19||Round to Lympstone for a very nice and rather spicy tomato soup in the Swan Inn. This ride takes me just over 500 miles since I started this regular cycling stuff back in mid October.|
|Up river cruise to Goat Walk||2012-05-19||An up river dinghy cruise from SYC to the Goat Walk. Light winds on the way back. About 15 boats out.|
|Monday evening sail||2012-05-21||A suprisingly breezy Monday evening sail.|
|Brixham to the Exe||2019-07-21||Back from Brixham after the Drew Trophy. Another day of ideal winds and we decided to scoot back to the Exe to get in on the falling tide. Some lovely downwind sailing with the cruising chute up much of the way after the Ore Stone. As it was heading towards Springs, there was the usual Exe estuary tides against us on the way in. Back on the mooring with time to spare - time used figuring out how to release the tender from the mooring chain - after it had managed to solidly wrap itself around the chain.|
|Monday evening sail||2012-07-30||A Monday evening sail to the Goat Walk - quite gusty.|
|Down river dinghy cruise||2012-08-18||To the beach cafe and back. Sunny weather and F2 to F3.|
|Work cycle ride||2017-08-29||Work and back|
|Brixham to Exe||2017-04-23||A lovely day sail on Derek H's Fulmar. First a quick trip with Liz on board round Berry Head. Mostly motor sailing and watching the wildlife. Then, after dropping Liz off back in Brixham, a sail back up to SYC on the Exe. Light winds - but enough to sail most of the way. A chance to "play" with some of setup on Thalmia including the cruising chute and a think about how a preventer might be rigged.|
|March safety boat||2013-03-24||Safety boat at SYC. A cold march day - two degrees centrigrade. The windchill factor made it feel like minus four. GPS data anomalies account for the three or four short peaks in speed.|
|First dinghy cruise of 2013||2013-04-20||On safety boat duty for the first SYC dinghy cruise event of 2013. Lovely weather and a good wind but not much water on the neap tide. Upriver to the Goat Walk at Topsham.|
|Ice cream at Lympstone||2018-08-18||As the wind was so light to start with, we sailed across to Lympstone for a chocolate and orange ice cream - but they were out of stock! A creamy strawberry was almost as nice. Then a few bits of decent wind as we sailed back and forth across the estuary in the Wayfarer.|
|Walking the hound to the Turf||2013-05-26||A hound walk to to the Turf Pub with Scooby Lizzie and Julian|
|Brixham to Exe||2013-06-02||A light wind sail from Brixham to SYC on the Exe Estuary. Light winds but that was better than the forecast of next to no winds.|
|Lympstone and back||2017-01-28||Round to Lympstone and back with Liz. Got rained on at Countess Wear.|
|Sunny summers evening sail||2013-07-10||A lovely summer evenings sail. Just enough wind to go down estuary against the incoming tide.|
|A sail, paddle and drift to the safe water mark||2013-07-13||More wind in the Estuary than out of it on this sail to the safe water mark at the mouth of the Exe|
|Exe estuary paddle||2022-09-20||A short paddle across the Exe estuary.|
|Lympstone and back||2017-01-22||Round to Lympstone on a lovely winters afternoon. Enough wind for the sailors at Starcross Yacht Club but not so much as to make the cycling unpleasant. Photos are from Lympstone looking at SYC and from SYC looking at Lymptstone.|
|June sea breezes||2017-06-17||A splendid sail in the Wayfarer on the Exe Estuary. Drifted about for half an hour waiting for the sea breeze to kick in. When it did it was a splendid steady F4 to F4. Combined with neap tides, it made for a splendid sail. Liz helmed and we went to rescue a pair on a Topper that capsized and seemed to be filling with water. Luckily a passing rib helped as after we had a couple of goes we still hadn't found a spot on the Bull Sands where Liz could stand up in the water! Then went and had a look at the B14 event and got slightly in the way of one of the crews (oops - apologized later!).|
|The not-Topsham sail||2013-08-18||Thought the westerly wind would be ideal for a sail up to Topsham. However, it turned out to be too gusty and with large wind shifts to make that a good idea.|
|Exe Estuary sea breezes||2013-08-26||A lovely gentle sail in light sea breezes to and from the Beach Cafe at Exmouth|
|Pole Sands Paddling||2020-08-31||An ideal days paddling. Wind and tide with us on the way out and on the way back! Liz fell in when getting out of the kayak on the Pole Sands. Much screaming from Liz and Scooby when we came back round the outside of the Pole Sands.|
|Work cycle ride||2017-08-07||Got rained on|
|Swing bridge and back again||2014-03-08||A lovely cycle ride to the Swing Bridges. Bit of a sod on the way back straight into the southerly force 5 all the way. Aidans first time back on the bike for a couple of months.|
|First sail of the year||2014-03-09||A lovely breeze and some sun for the first dinghy sail of the year in the Wayfarer. Pottered round the club for a while to see if anything would break after the winter period without any sails. All fine - so headed up river. Bang! The port hand shroud parted company with the boat! A quick tack and then Liz repaired the problem (the circlip had come away from the pin holding the stay to the boat - luckily the pin was still hanging there). Lovely sail then back to the club.|
|Exe to Salcombe||2018-04-21||A great sail from the Exe down to Salcombe. Sailed past Simon T and Andy B on Nelly Nui as they prepared for their Round Britain sail. Met up with them again off Dartmouth and we sailed on together towards Start Point. We took the inside passage around Start Point and encountered a really heavy rain shower including some very loud and rather too close for comfort thunder and lightening. After that it was a beautiful evening sailing across Salcombe Bar and onto a mooring followed by a fine dinner ashore.|
|Round to Exmouth and back||2016-10-25||I missed out on yesterday's cycle ride due to the incessant rain and being a wuss. To make up, today's ride was round to Exmouth and the start of the Jurassic Coast. On the way out I told myself that I'd catch the ferry back. When I was there I thought "that wasn't so" bad so I rode back. It's a long way for someone like me!|
|Newport Trophy yacht race - Exe to Dartmouth||2014-06-14||A very light winds yacht race (or timed rally) from the Exe to the Dart. Such light winds, in fact, that the race ended early on a line from the Ore Stone to Hope's Nose. Interesting "inshore passage" for some of the route between Berry Head and Dartmouth. Overnight stay on a mooring in Dittisham.|
|Beach cafe sail||2014-06-16||A sail down to the beach cafe in our Wayfarer with Bob and Andy in the Wanderer. Big tides and some lovely winds. Top sailing.|
|First Wayfarer sail of 2017||2017-04-02||First time out in the Wayfarer this year. A very gentle sail and then a drift back down with the tide as the wind died away as forecast. Some noisy scroat was scaring up the birds in a hovercraft between the Clyst and the Goat Walk.|
|Hundred miles this week||2016-10-22||The fifth 20 miler of the week. I'd expected this to be a gentle cycle ride with Liz but she was all gung ho! Way faster than I was expecting and I wasn't allowed my usual stopping places to have a breather. This was the fifth day out in a row doing 20 miles meaning that the target of doing 100 miles in a week was reached with 2 days to spare.Day off tomorrow!|
|Estuary sailing in the Wayfarer||2015-04-10||A near enough perfect spring breeze made for an ideal morning's sailing on the Exe Estuary. Maybe 12 to 14 knots of steady south to south easterly wind made for a great morning's sailing in the Wayfarer with Liz's brother Julian. Chose the right day to take off work for once!
The average speed isn't too bad but reduced a little by having to sail back up the estuary against the tides.
Tags: Exe estuary
|Breezy day's sail||2015-04-13||A decent wind. Started mostly about F5 ending up more like a F4. One reef in and a great sail. Anne Knight joined us for the second half of the sail. With 3 on board, we took out the reef in the genoa. Quite a good average speed for an old Wayfarer and no tidal assistance.|
|Short Wayfarer sail||2023-05-07||Not much wind so just a short Wayfarer sail up the estuary a little way. Docking arms now fitted to new launching trolley.|
|First Fulmar Outing||2017-04-01||Some fettling on Derek H's boat (re-attaching reefing lines etc) and then a quick outing along the Topsham part of the River Exe. Upwind under main and downwind under genoa. Lovely boat.|
|SYC trip to the beach cafe - by bike||2015-09-05||A first SYC organised cycle ride. From SYC on the west back round to the beach cafe at Exmouth on the east bank. Ten participants.|
|Wednesday evening safety boat duty||2015-09-09||A Wednesday evening on the Exe Estuary crewing for Bob J on safety boat|
|Work cycle ride||2017-07-25||Work and back|
|Beach cafe sail||2016-05-07||Wind forecast was for a F4 gusting F5 and, after a slow start, that's what we got. Stopped half way down to put in one reef. Top choccie ice cream at the Beach Cafe. With the wind well behind us on the way back, put two reefs in the main and had full headsail on the way back. Still went quite fast on the way back. The top speed of 9.8 knots - in a Wayfarer - is a clue to the size of the tides.|
|St Peter Port to SYC||2016-06-04||Up at the hideously early hour of 03:00 to catch the first of the tidal flow up the Little Russel at 04:00. A lovely clear night at 4am with all the navigation lights clearly visible. After Platte Fougere we "turned left a bit" to allow for the strong Spring tides. For much of the time the weather forecast was correct and what little wind there was was on the nose. However, the visibility was good making crossing the shipping lanes a lot easier than on the way out. The photos of the Channel Light Vessel show an absolutely flat sea. The wind did pick up for a bit after this which made for a lovely sail with flat seas. A while north of the shipping lanes we were joined by about 6 to 8 dolphins for about 20 minutes. An hour or so later a much smaller porpoise made an appearance. Amelie's engine held up well and we were back on the mooring at SYC by about 19:30.|
|Bike ride to the Double Locks||2016-07-17||A bike ride along the Exe Estuary and canal to meet up with Rose and Midge for the first time in ages.
Wobbled back along the cycle path and stopped at SYC for a quick view of the 2nd day of the Exe Regatta.
Tags: Exe Estuary Exe Regatta
|Lympstone and back||2017-11-05||Strong winds from the north (force 6 maybe gusting a little more) made this quite a slow ride with Liz.|
|Kayaks and canoes with Jacqui and Carol||2023-06-03||A lovely June day, bottom of the tide paddle down the estuary with the Canadian canoe and the inflatable kayak. A top picnic lunch and then across the estuary to Lympstone in the inflatable and the Triumph single seater kayak.|