NATURAL ANKLING wrote:Hi,
Well I am glad you liked Dartmoor.
Best done from tavistock - princetown - mortenhampstead, or in reverse
That way it will be exhilarating both ways....seriously, the big dipper from princetown to merrivale or princetown to yelverton will pull your hair out
Hair raising yep down into mortenhampstead Probably the best drop by far off Dartmoor.
Easy route up Dartmoor from Plymouth would be the "Drakes Trail" not sure which way you went but the road up from Plymouth is busy to yelverton, straight on up to Dartmoor this is a climb too, (unless you would head straight for tavistock then on up to Oakhampton) then on to postbridge and on into mortenhampstead. As you know many views on Dartmoor.
Its a pity that many shun Dartmoor, the weather in summer is nothing compared to the north and Scotland for sure in summer, you found that out the hard way.
Thank you. We followed the Cicerone route which was A386 out of Plymouth to Yelverton then climb up on the B3212 and through to Mortenhampstead. Yes the 386 was busy but having cycled through Plymouth in pouring rain and sat sheltering in a miserable McDonalds for an hour we were happy for a good straight road to focus on!!
We loved the climb up to Princetown from Yelverton, the weather cleared, the road quiet, views were spectacular and we were rewarded with that drop into Mortenhampstead! The route we took was always a compromise of direct vs quieter roads but I think we were happy with Dartmoor - overall it remains one of the highlights of the trip.
Thanks for reading.