• Mike Axe

The Moors Run

Report on the 33rd Moors Run on Sunday 15th July

The originally named ‘Three Moors Run’ was the first major run that was arranged by our club back in the year of its inception in 1984. Therefore it has been running for 34 years, but Clive who originated it and still organises it today, insists on deducting the one year that it was cancelled for the Foot & Mouth outbreak in 2001. The British Rally Championships and many other events were all stopped that year.

This year’s run included the Somerset Moors in an attempt to reduce the mileage from the usual 300 plus miles to around 250 in a full day of riding and eating! This is rumoured to be due to most of the participants being, how should I put it, mature bikers? This reduction resulted in a later start at 8.15am from ASDA’s car park for the nine bikes and ten trusty souls that looked forward to this year’s run.

The route took us north through Tintinhull, Muchelney, the wonderful switchbacks on Shapwick, Wedmore & Mark to Watchfield, where breakfast had been arranged at Riches Cider Restaurant. At 10.30 we resumed westward and skirting around Bridgwater, turned off the A39 just after Nether Stowey up over the Quantocks. What a view out across the Bristol Channel to Wales.

The road down to Crowcombe was very steep, and after crossing the A358 we negotiated the lanes to and through Stugumber. Heading south from Raleigh’s Cross, the B3190 brought us to Bampton out over Exmoor, and then we continued west to South Molton for fuel.

The ‘Puffing Billy’ station café at Torrington was visited for lunch, the carvery was excellent. An hour and a half later we were on our way to Clive’s usual stop for dessert at the centre of Tavistock with an ice cream; the clotted cream on top was of course optional!

We set off around 4.30 out over the rest of Dartmoor with the outline of The Prison a mile or so to our right. After negotiating the narrow streets of Ashburton we joined the A38 Devon Express Way and gave the bikes their heads for the dozen miles up to the American Diner opposite Exeter Race Course.

Following a leisurely but jovial tea time, we all said our goodbyes and headed for home. The ride back along the A30 was relatively quiet after the short time on a busy M5 across the Exe estuary.

I think we were all home for 7.30 and it appears all enjoyed yet another annual Moors Run; so give it some thought and join us when this run will be reaching the 10,000 mile mark next year.

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