Cycling is one of those simple pleasures of life. Anyone can do it if they have the patience to learn and it gives you such a great feeling of freedom. You ride along se the breeze goes through your hair.
It’s probably one of my favourite things to do but sadly I don’t get to do it as often as I would like. The British weather this ‘summer’ has not helped the situation either! Those who live around the south west of the UK will understand what I’m saying! It’s been so cloudy and rainy since July; we did have a beautiful week and a half at the beginning of July but that was it. I had made so many days out planned for summer but I haven’t been able to do hardly any cause it’s been raining most days!
Thankfully luck struck us and we’ve had a rain-free day! (The weather forecast is going bad again tomorrow) and we decided to go cycling! Living in the countryside has its perks because you have lovely trails which are accompanied by stunning views. Seeing as I sadly do not own a bike, we had to find somewhere that would rent out to us. Fremington Quay is the place to go!! It’s situated on the Tarka Trail and it’s overlooking the River Taw, giving you pretty picturesque views while you have lunch or enjoy an ice cream!
They have a bike hire there and the price depends on how long you want to hire it for. We hired the bikes for 3 hours so it cost us £17.50 (full price). They were really helpful when it came to helping pick out the correct bike for you; because I’m short I struggled finding the right bike and when I found it (cute vintage bike), the seat had to be out down a tad. Slightly awkward. But the workers were so friendly and helpful so top marks for that!
We cycled along the task trail towards Instow. It was just perfect. Sunny and warm with the occasionally refreshing breeze. It was so easy to just shut your mind off and taking in the scenery while you peddled along the trail and past all the other cyclists. It was very busy today so there were many people enjoying their own cycling experience!
Because I hadn’t cycled in at least a year, it was very easy for me to keep going off the trail and into the grass. And more than once (at least 10) I nearly went into the hedge! This is why cycling is exciting! YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT ITS GOING TO BE LIKE! At least nobody saw my awkward moments!
It took us at least an hour and a half to get to Instow, but we were taking our time so you could definitely get there quicker! Once we got to our destination we had our picnic on the beach, relaxed our legs for half an hour and then wandered back to the trail and set back to Fremington Quay. It became quite cloudy while we had our lunch but they quickly went away when we started cycling again.
Once we got back to the quay we bought ourselves some ice creams and relaxed before heading back home. It was such a nice way to spend the day and if you’re all out of ideas on what to do and want some advice then definitely go cycling! No matter where you are go GET A BIKE AND FEEL THE FREEDOM AND WIND THROUGH YOUR HAIR!
If you’re visiting Devon then go to to Fremington Quay. If you’re not going to cycle then at least take in the gorgeous scenery while enjoying some lunch!