Ogwell Cycling Forum

Information about cycling in our area, ideas on routes to cycle, cafe stops and possible village based activity such as Bike Maintenance and Route Planning using bike computers and associated software. All ideas welcome to Paul at ogwild4@gmail.com

Teignbridge Cycle Forum – 12th November 2020

A: Ogwell to Newton Abbot through Baker’s Park update

There is 1 small route problem to be resolved that they hope will happen in early 2021. Planning permission and funding are already in place to give us a route from the River Lemon/ASDA to Ogwell without using the A381 and town roads.

B: A ‘Newton Abbot Cycling Hub’

There have been calls for this to be established. TDC is keen to support as are the local Mid Devon Cycling Club which has 500+ members. An early options review is being undertaken and the welcome inputs. If you forward any ideas to ogwild4@gmail.com I can then forward them to the lead person.

C: Teign Estuary Trail update

This is a very complex project but progress is being made and if achieved would enable a cycle route from Exeter to Moretonhampstead via Dawlish & Teignmouth and Chagford are pushing for an extension to their village. Latest route info below.

A very important consultation started on 17th November 2020 and closes on 18th December, you can reposed through this link: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=gzehjWjLP0S7S5l_d_1b-3rs0iCm3ClGgjRa2TJw2mJUMEo0NEZFR1M1NUo5M1BSRVk0S1laUjM2Uy4u&fbclid=IwAR3qW97_iGBbupCI99eV9n7cAZVpYClrOEwhoOx_g4391tBlzb9mKZYPu64

D: Kingsteignton to the Stover Trail

The plans are for the path to use the almost complete dual purpose path on the east side of the road next to the new housing area as far as Broadway Road. A crossing will then take you into and to the west of Exeter Road where a new path, a new bridge across the Teign will take you to join the existing entrance to the Stover Trail complex, all very exciting as there are no land ownership issue as Sibelco are granting use of their land for the new section.

Paul Martin – ogwild4@gmail.com

Cycle Route Ideas

 A – Local – 9 miles local, usual hilly parts & can be muddy

Starting from the Green, downhill past pub through R & L bends rise & continue to West Ogwell Cross, 0.7 miles. Turn L & continue to centre of Denbury, 1.6m. Straight over and follow to the XR at 2.6m, turn R & down to a left fork, 2.9m & follow to a L turn at 3.7m. Pass through Woodland & follow the road to the 2nd XR at 5.6m (R to Broadhempston), sharp L & down to a river crossing, uphill & continue to a XR 6.8m. You soon arrive in Denbury at the Union Inn, 7.4m where you bear R & follow the road to Ogwell Green.

B – Teigngrace – 9.5 miles clean & easy

Starting from the carpark along Exeter Road just after the causeway & on R just before the 2nd bridge. Return to towards the bridge & the cycle path goes off to the R. Follow to 1.2m where you pass under the rail bridge & join the road. Turn R then immediately R again under another bridge & follow the lane to 2.0m where on a sharp L bend the cycle path goes off to the R. Follow & cross the bridge high above the A38 at 2.7m, turn R at the bottom & use the lane, straight on at XR and soon back onto the cycle path which ends at 4.2m near the Pottery Roundabout outside of Bovey. Here turn L and immediately 1st L onto Newton Road. This is not busy and passes the various Heathfield Industrial Estates. Continue to the end alongside the A38, turn R onto the path alongside which after 6.0m will take you to the crossings L that will take you safely onto the path where after 6.2 m you can turn L into Stover Country Park. You now need to be careful as there is only 1 cycle path through, the rest are footpath only. Continue & bear L after less that 150m & follow the path to a bridge that will appear on you L, cross & turn L then follow this path round & up the rise to the road at 6.6m. Turn R and simply follow this quiet road as it goes down, winding through Teigngrace passing a small section you did before at 7.7m, continue and after a short rise  you will meet Exeter Road & turn L at 9.1m to cross the causeway and back to the start. Option: Go for a coffee in Bovey Tracey adding another 1.5m in total. Lots of cafe choices, Cafe 3 Sixty, Cafe 64 up the High Street & others. Then return the same way to the end of the cycle trail and follow as above.

Conclusion: The title posed a question & I’ve been encouraged to think about extending such articles to ‘hands on’ bike maintenance sessions in the village hall & future articles giving more variable lengths of route with cafe stops ideas & maybe a “Treasure Hunt’ type ride for better weather. We also have representation on the Teignbridge Cycle Forum so see another article on the future link path from Bakers Park to Ogwell & how we can raise cycle path issues. Your thoughts would be welcomed – email: ogwild4@gmail.com

Bon route,

Paul Martin

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