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Offline Clockwork Orange

Great Western Trail
« on: August 26, 2020, 04:04:30 pm »
I imagine many of you have heard of the Trans European Trail (TET) that is a network of off road routes throughout Europe. The TET in England starts at Dover and meanders South to North and ends in New Castle. In doing so, it was soon realised that an amazing area was left out which is the area that runs from the northern tip of the Salisbury Plains down to the South Western Peninsula of Cornwall right down to Lands End. This route has now been included in the TET known as the Great Western Trail.

I had some time off work and decided to do the first half of the route down to lands End. The trip down would take 4 days and I would then slab it back to my home in Surrey on the 5th day.

This following link is a really cool overview of the Great Western Trail

https://www.facebook.com/TheGreatWesternTrail/videos/2255813361358834/?vh=e&extid=Bt6iXiGeqB8tBlxt&d=n

Day 1  entailed a blast along tar roads down to the start point of the GWT in Amesbury. From here I would follow the trail with the intention of finding a camping spot near Lyme Regis. Once on the trail it was probably a 60/40 split in favour of offroad tracks. Some of these being pretty technical. I reached my planned destination and found a nice camp site



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Re: Great Western Trail
« Reply #1 on: August 26, 2020, 04:07:27 pm »
Lekker man... not something you see to much on the island ... looking forward to living it vicariously
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Re: Great Western Trail
« Reply #2 on: August 26, 2020, 04:14:33 pm »
So great to see there is some adventure riding opportunities up north. Please tell us more
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Re: Great Western Trail
« Reply #3 on: August 26, 2020, 04:22:28 pm »
So great to see there is some adventure riding opportunities up north. Please tell us more

There are actually loads off options for offroad riding but its nothing like we are used to in SA. There are no gravel highways where you can blast along. The offroad or green lanes are generally short sections of very narrow and sometimes very technical offroad lanes that are linked with some amazingly stunning tar lanes. There are a few green lanes near me that depending on the weather c an take up to 4-5 hours to cover maybe 70km. There are no high speed sections. You very seldom would get above third gear.

They are loads of fun and beautiful scenery though
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Re: Great Western Trail
« Reply #4 on: August 26, 2020, 04:34:18 pm »
Day 2 - Was from a riding point of view the most fun and also most challenging. I was well and truly knackered by the end of the day. The route took me from Lyme Regis down to the Burrator Reservoir in the Dartmoor National Park. The off road stuff was really technical and there were loads of extremely steep hills  (up and down) that had no run up and were super rutted, muddy and rocky. The TTR600 ate this up for breakfast. Every time I ride the old girl I am more and more impressed. She really never missed a beat in the five days and breezed over any of the obstacles.

I managed to Wild camp in a gorgeous spot in the National park next to an old abandoned shepherds hut next to a little river miles away from anyone else. It doesnt get any better :thumleft: :thumleft:

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Re: Great Western Trail
« Reply #5 on: August 26, 2020, 05:52:23 pm »
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Re: Great Western Trail
« Reply #6 on: August 26, 2020, 06:13:36 pm »
Nice going Jimbo!

Enjoy the ride. Good to see your tent pitching skills have improved over the years, and oh, cute chair  :lol8:
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Re: Great Western Trail
« Reply #7 on: August 26, 2020, 06:23:32 pm »
Beautiful spot, the Shepherds Hut looks great.
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Re: Great Western Trail
« Reply #8 on: August 26, 2020, 06:44:32 pm »
Awesome. Glad someone is finally posting some UK content  :thumleft:
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Re: Great Western Trail
« Reply #9 on: August 26, 2020, 07:36:00 pm »
Nice going Jimbo!

Enjoy the ride. Good to see your tent pitching skills have improved over the years, and oh, cute chair  :lol8:
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Ha ha Fudd, That cute lil chair is one of the first things I pack these days :imaposer:
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Re: Great Western Trail
« Reply #10 on: August 26, 2020, 07:52:39 pm »
Day 3 was a lot easier and I covered good ground to end up in a quant seaside village called Port Lever. The conditions for the first three days were windy but at least it was dry although there was a lot of overnight rain every night. The weather gods were kind enough to hold off with the rain each time i set up camp and also every day I struck camp.

On arrival at Port Lever, I rewarded my self with a couple of the local ales at the Ship Inn and the harbour. Really cool spot :thumleft:

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Re: Great Western Trail
« Reply #11 on: August 26, 2020, 07:54:56 pm »
Not sure why some of the pics seem to be distorted :dontknow:
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Re: Great Western Trail
« Reply #12 on: August 26, 2020, 07:58:45 pm »
That looks so lekker! England has some beautiful scenery, especially if you come from the Karoo. I often wonder what those first poms thought when they landed in the semi arid South Africa.

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Re: Great Western Trail
« Reply #13 on: August 26, 2020, 08:00:33 pm »
Who would live in those chicken coops?

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Re: Great Western Trail
« Reply #14 on: August 26, 2020, 08:03:40 pm »
Who would live in those chicken coops?

Ya nee....I dont think I will ever get used to how small some of these places are and right on top of each other :lol8:
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Re: Great Western Trail
« Reply #15 on: August 26, 2020, 08:04:41 pm »
Nice!!
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Re: Great Western Trail
« Reply #16 on: August 27, 2020, 07:57:59 am »
Nice :thumleft: :thumleft: Keep it coming
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Re: Great Western Trail
« Reply #17 on: August 27, 2020, 08:33:18 am »
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Re: Great Western Trail
« Reply #18 on: August 27, 2020, 09:12:16 am »
Those pannier bags not in the way of your legs ?
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Re: Great Western Trail
« Reply #19 on: August 27, 2020, 09:42:41 am »
Those pannier bags not in the way of your legs ?

I was able to comfortably sit but I could feel them at the back of my legs when standing. I wont be using them on this bike again though.
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