|Activity||Activity date||Activity description|
|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||2017-04-24||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||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||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.|
|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||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.|
|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||2016-12-17||First ride in a fortnight - work and the weather put paid to the previous weekend.|
|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||2017-04-16||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||2016-12-05||To the Mill On The Exe and back|
|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 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||2017-04-14||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||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||2017-06-12||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.|
|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.|
|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||2017-01-05||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||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 - 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||2016-12-03||A windy ride into Exeter and back, Liz still in post lurgie mode.|
|Exeter bike ride||2021-10-20||Liz post work|
|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.|
|New Years Eve bike ride||2016-12-31||Exeter and back|
|Exeter and back||2018-01-28||First time on the bike after the gears were mended. All good.|
|Exeter and back||2017-12-23||Into Exeter and back with Liz|
|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,|
|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 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.|
|Exeter and back||2016-12-29||Into Exeter and back. Moving average a little disappointing given how hard I pedaled!|
|Exeter and back||2016-11-27||Liz's first time back on the bike at the tail end of a two week lurgy.|
|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.|
|Exeter and back||2018-02-16||Into Exeter and back with Liz. Straight into a headwind on the way home.|
|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||2017-03-04||A gentle wide into Exeter and back with Liz.|
|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.|
|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||2018-02-12||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||2017-12-04||A ride into Exeter and back with Liz|
|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||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).|
|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!|
|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 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
|Up and down the Exe Estuary||2012-04-01||Down towards Starcross a couple of times and up to the Turf on a gloriously sunny April afternoon. Lovely F3 to F4 wind. An average speed of 4.5 knots in a 30 year old Wayfarer is none too shoddy|
|Sail with Liz and Julian||2012-04-14||No wind but some thunderstorms. Not the ideal sail on the estuary for Lizs brother.|
|A sunny Monday evening sail||2012-07-23||A great Monday evening sail. The tail end of a F3 sea breeze and a strong incoming Spring tide. The average speed over the ground may not win any prizes but a cracking sail down past the floating cafe and through the moorings|
|A very gusty sail||2012-07-29||A very short sail as Liz wasnt too keen on the gusty conditions. It was windy as the top speed of 8.2 knots was actually against the tide. It felt fast for an old Wayfarer with a lot of the front of the boat out of the water as we planed down wind.|
|Return to the Exe||2020-05-15||First time back on the Exe Estuary after many, many months. First trip out on our new inflatable kayak - a Sea Eagle 465 FastTrack. Overall - very pleased with it.|
|Lympstone and back||2017-10-15||Round to Lympstone and back again. Choccie bar near Lympstone Sailing Club, said 'hello' to Graham A at Topsham Sailing Club (who was putting Celtic Breeze to bed for the winter) and then round to Starcross Sailing Club for a coffee and a look at the Topper Open Meeting. A bit slow as Liz had some aches and pains and the wind was starting to get up.|
|Weymouth to Topsham||2016-11-14||From Weymouth round Portland Bill to Topsham at the top of the Exe.
Stage three in bringing Derek H's new Fulmar back to the Exe.
With very big Spring tides, we took the offshore route around the East Shambles buoy and a few miles off Portland Bill.
With the wind pretty much on the nose after we turned west, we motored most of the way back from Portland Bill.
With the wind varying between 12 and 20 knots against us and 1 or 2 knots of tide with us, the first half of the journey back to the Exe (after Portland Bill) was a little bouncy at times.
We reached the Exe just as it got dark - the trip back up the Exe in the dark and with big tides was interesting! With the Exe's mix of lit and unlit buoys and moorings encroaching on the channel, I really wouldn't recommend going up the Exe at night without local knowledge!
|More rowing than sailing||2012-10-20||The last SYC dinghy cruise of the year. Varied between next to no wind and no wind at all. Rowed about two thirds of the way. Lovely morning to be on the estuary though.
Tags: Exe estuary
|Safety boat at SYC||2013-02-17||Too windy for us to go out sailing as we havent been out for a couple of months. So ended up doing safety boat. Good fun - a little bouncy. Suspect the occasional max speed peaks are GPS data anomalies.|
|Whole fleet paddiling||2019-06-29||Paddling with Richard and Helen - first time out on canoes.|
|Lympstone and back||2017-08-27||Round to Lympstone and back with Liz. Lovely hot summer's day.|
|Another 26 miles||2016-11-06||Round to Lympstone and back again. Another windy ride. Stopped at SYC for the AGM.|
|Super summer sail||2013-05-18||A lovely sail up to the Goat Walk at Topsham. We had planned to go as far as the motorway bridge but the wind didnt have the west in it that the forecast said it would. Met Malcolm and Graham at the Goat Walk. The max speed of 6.9 knots isnt bad given that there was no tide to speak of.|
|First beach cafe sail of the year||2013-05-25||From SYC down to the beach cafe and back. The forecast said next to no wind but a lovely sea breeze kicked in. Top sail.|
|Morning dog walk||2021-08-10||Checking out new battery in Montana 600 GPS. Old one was about 7-8 years old and had probably done 500-600 recharges so can't complain too much.|
|Scooby's first canoe trip of 2013||2013-07-07||Up river to the new wreck just north of Starcross and then back down to the Bull Sands where Scoobie ran non stop (when he wasnt digging). Luckily we were too early for the Olly Murs sound check!|
|Canoe trip from SYC to Turf Pub||2013-07-08||A canoe trip from SYC to the Turf Pub on the Exe Estuary. Set out near low tide. Journey follows the just greater than paddle depth contour on the way out and later, with the higher tide, on the way back.|
|SYC to Pole Sands||2018-07-14||A canoe paddle down from SYC to the Pole Sands in company with Ellie T and Marco F (and the hound). Strong Spring tides both ways but a sea breeze made the paddle out hard work and super easy on the way back. Scooby enjoyed having four different people to throw the ball for him on the Pole Sands!|
|Lympstone and back||2017-02-19||Round to Lympstone and back with Liz|
|Brixham to the Exe||2013-07-28||A windy sail back from Brixham to the Exe after the Drew Trophy. Winds didnt quite reach the forecast 24 knots but were mostly between 10 and 20 knots. Lovely sail back under full head sail only.
|Bike ride to Exmouth and back||2013-08-11||Bike ride round the Exe Estuary from Cockwood to Exmouth and back.|
|Lympstone and back||2017-04-29||Dinghy cruise was cancelled because the winds were too strong so Liz and I went cycling. Doh! Hard work on the way back from the Swing Bridges as it was straight into the F5 winds.|
|Cycle ride to work||2017-06-13||One of those "head wind in both directions" rides. Wind against on the way out and then a sea breeze against on the way back.|
|Basic bike ride||2014-01-27||Along the estuary to the A379 and back|
|Lizzie bike ride||2014-03-07||First time back on the bike after a couple of very wet months. To the Swing Bridges and back again.|
|Work cycle ride||2017-08-04||Into work and back|
|Work cycle ride||2017-06-16||Into work and back|
|Squires Cup safety boat||2014-06-08||Safety boat duty on a rather damp and drizzly Sunday in June. Free tea though!
Tags: Exe estuary
|Evening up river dinghy cruise||2014-06-12||A lovely evening's sail up to the Goat Walk at Topsham. Sun and a decent wind (which only died as the last couple of boats arrived back). We had a brief detour a little way down the Clyst taking advantage of the high tide.|
|Lympstone and back||2017-03-12||Round to Lympstone with Liz. Watched the channel to Lympstone being deepened. The port hand channel mark at the Turf shouldn't be relied upon by mariners - given that it sits on a mud back - see the photos.
Windy from the north.
Tags: Exe Extuary
|October beach cafe sail||2014-10-11||Good winds and big tides for a late season sail from SYC down to the beach cafe. Some excellent winds round the Warren and the Docks. Died away a little bit for the last mile back to SYC.|
|Starcross Steamer 2015||2015-03-15||First cycle ride in ages. To SYC and back again for a brief watch of the Starcross Steamer pursuit dinghy race.|
|Exe Bridges||2018-03-10||Into Exeter and back. Average speed reduced by having to walk past the flooding on the cycle path near the Turf.
Tags: Exe Bridges
|Lympstone and back||2017-07-23||Round to Lympstone and back with Liz. Liz's first time back on a bike for about a month.|
|Pole Sands picnic||2015-08-15||Sail down from SYC to the Pole Sands. A bit of everything wind wise. From nothing to about a F4 and quite a lot of gusts in between, Put first reef in for the trip back which made things easier|
|Paddle to the Pole Sands||2015-08-17||A paddle from Starcross to the Pole Sands making the most of the sunny almost windless weather. Scooby ran miles on the sands.|
|Exeter and back||2017-07-16||It was going to be a longer ride round to Lympstone but it started raining and the wind got up. Still - first time ever with an average speed of over 15 mph! Would have been faster except for having to slow down so often for huge numbers of kids and walkers. They are also digging up the cycle path at Exe Bridges which meant walking round various diversions and not getting the full 20 miles in.|
|April Free Sailing||2016-04-16||A pleasant sail back and forth across the estuary. Started about F4 gusting F5 so we went out with one reef. Wind eased so we shook out the reef. The offshore lifeboat came up the river.|
|First beach cafe sail of 2016||2016-04-23||First SYC sail to the Exmouth beach cafe in 2016. The forecast was north easterly F4 to F5. However, on the way back from the beach cafe it was really quite gusty and I'd guess that the gusts might just have been F6. Combined with a fairly large tide and the NE wind being against the tide, it made for an interesting sail back.|
|Exmouth and back||2016-12-28||A slightly longer cycle ride than usual. Average speed would probably have been a fair bit better if it wasn't for a strong wind right on the nose for the last 6 miles.|
|Exe Regatta Committee boat||2016-07-16||On a rather nice Westerly acting as the Committee Boat for the catamaran racing of the 2016 Exe Regatta. Knowing nothing about dinghy racing, we were pulling up and down various flags at the request of the endlessly patient PK. No real idea what most of the flags meant and I suspect a very goodly proportion of the competitors don't (I think they just listen for the alternate sound signals). Still a very pleasant way to while away a Saturday afternoon on the Exe.|
|Work cycle ride||2017-05-02||Cycle ride to work and back. Not that windy but the wind was against on the way to work and against on the way home!|
|A tale of two ferries||2016-08-14||Up to buoy 45 at Topsham (off the Goat Walk) passing the Topsham to Turf ferry and then down to Starcross (to the Starcross to Exmouth ferry pier). Then round the floating cafe and back to SYC. A gorgeous day's sailing. A strong F3 up near Topsham and one of those rare days that it was warm enough to sail without a spray top. Marvelous.|