What a Success
The sun shone, the rain stayed away and everyone descended on Cornwall at the Monkey Tree Holiday Park near Newquay. Members came from Devon, Dorset, Kent, Hampshire, Lancing, Norfolk, Glamorgan, Cardiff, Caerphilly, Reading, Bristol, Oxford, Derby, West Sussex, Northumberland, Shropshire and even France. I hope I haven’t missed any area out. A total of 58 bikes and riders originally entered. Unfortunately, four had to cancel before the start. We also had a high number of pillion passengers which was nice to see. Each day some of our older members from Cornwall Section started the runs off. There total age amounted to 350 years.
On Friday, Roy Whittaker, assisted by Ted Clayton, waved the flag for 47 bikes to start the West Cornwall Run. We travelled the lanes of West Cornwall, taking in Penryn, one of Cornwall’s ancient towns, from where, in Medieval times, granite and tin were exported. Gweek, on the Helford River was where we stopped for lunch. There is a famous seal sanctuary here and sick and injured seals are cared for and released back to sea. Having visited Portreath and St Agnes, Healey’s Cider Farm was our final stop of the day. Enough said!!!
Ted Clayton waved the flag, again, on Saturday for 47 bikes to the start of the North Coast and Moorland Run. This day we visited St Endellion Farm Shop, skirted around Port Isaac, or is it Port Wenn, onto Colliford Lake Tavern, just off the A30 for lunch and finished with a tea break at the Screech Owl Sanctuary. One of the places we rode through was Slaughterbridge which is the site of King Arthur’s last battle. A large inscribed granite stone marks the place where King Arthur died. (see photo below). We also rode passed Jamaica Inn, made famous by Daphne du Mauruer’s story of smuggling.
Oh, but what’s this. You’re supposed to ride your bike Tim……not take it for a walk!!
Sunday saw the East Cornwall Run. On this route we travelled through the famous Clay Country, stopping at Wheal Martyn Clay Museum for coffee, skirting around the town of Fowey, passing the Lanhydrock Estate and riding through the Glynn Valley to the Halfway House for lunch. After lunch we visited the seaside town of Looe and the stannary town of Lostwithiel before heading back to camp. At Wheel Martyn Museum, one of the Cornwall members, Ken Westaway, put his speedway outfit on display. Some couldn’t resist trying it out, or at least standing on it.
The majority of the photos about our week-end were taken by Merv Pearce who in the past could often be seen jumping out from hedgerows and around corners to catch you as you go past. Due to a serious illness he has not been so visible recently. However, we are delighted to see him up and about again and he was made ‘Chief Publicity Officer’ for this occasion.