Crediton to Tiverton (Rob's Passage)

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Crediton to Tiverton (Rob's Passage)

Postby Mick F » 14 Sep 2009, 11:30am

I wanted to find a flattish route around the Cadbury Hills between Crediton and Bickleigh, and was aware that one of our members - Rob S - had inferred a route through Thorverton to the Exeter/Tiverton road south of Bickleigh. This gets away from the terrible hills, and especially if you're doing JOGLE you don't have to climb Bickleigh Hill.

I did a bit of research and came up with the following route. It isn't totally flat. There are some hills, but nothing to worry yourself about. http://www.bikehike.co.uk/mapview.php?id=19910

This is the usual route:
http://www.bikehike.co.uk/mapview.php?id=19912 shorter by 4 miles, but VERY VERY hard work.

Rob's passage is a delight to cycle through. Pretty villages, lovely scenery and farmland, hardly a vehicle in sight, and peaceful and calm. (until you get to the A396, but you'll be on that road to Tiverton anyway)

Rob's Passage - highly recommended!
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Re: Crediton to Tiverton (Rob's Passage)

Postby braz » 14 Sep 2009, 4:24pm

Well! - from Thorverton you might as well carry on to Bradninch and Cullompton, and up the old A38 - save having to get from Tiverton to the same place!

One hill over Bradninch, but nothing insurmountable. And a cafe in Cullompton as well!

Mick, just back from France and found your laden/unladen post interesting - cos I had a tent and accompanyments this time, and gentle offroad riding on the Voies Vertes as well (old railway tracks with variable surfaces). Riding a stiff old 1980 Holdsworth with 500 tubes (handy for the weight we carried). Our unsophisticated thoughts were that we averaged a reduction of between 25% and 33% miles travelled (over 1200 km) against my same distance there in June on a 1978 Raleigh Clubman. (Mind you, that is red, so bound to go faster).

Ah, tis good to be back in England, now that summers here!

Lots of traffic, rude motorists, ignorant pedestrians, poor surfaces, cycle lanes - and people wonder why I go to France cycling! Peace and quiet, no traffic, respect from motorists, everyone says 'Bon Jour!' without fail, or 'Bon Courage!' - I really enjoy being a 'veloist' over there!

regards to all, Braz.

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Re: Crediton to Tiverton (Rob's Passage)

Postby Mick F » 14 Sep 2009, 4:35pm

braz wrote:Well! - from Thorverton you might as well carry on to Bradninch and Cullompton, and up the old A38 - save having to get from Tiverton to the same place!

One hill over Bradninch, but nothing insurmountable. And a cafe in Cullompton as well!


Yep. True.

The main point is to avoid the Cadbury Hills and Bickleigh Hill.

Tiverton is a good stopping off place. Loads of shops, Tourist Info by the bus station with toilets too.

(Glad you're back - we've missed you!)
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Re: Crediton to Tiverton (Rob's Passage)

Postby mr riff raff » 15 Sep 2009, 6:40pm

I went over Cadbury in the summer on my ride and I thought it was great. In a slightly mental kind of way. I loved the way it got steeper and steeper!!
I think they're going over it in the Tour of Britain on Friday, so I'm looking to see how they do on the highlights programme.
The pros are a bunch of girls though. They'll be on carbon frames and wheels. I was on my steel Jackson, 36 spokes and panniers. A bit like most of us on here would be.
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Re: Crediton to Tiverton (Rob's Passage)

Postby Mick F » 15 Sep 2009, 9:24pm

Yep, saw all the signs stating the road would be closed from 0930 to 1230 (I think) from Crediton. Heck of a race over those roads!

http://www.tourofbritain.co.uk was the address.

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Re: Crediton to Tiverton (Rob's Passage)

Postby vorsprung » 2 Oct 2009, 2:50pm

As a local to that area the route shown seems like the easy route I would nornally use from Credton to the A396
It's much easier than staying on the A3072. Nice and quiet and pleasant.

But this talk of then going via Bradnich to Collumpton is not so good. It's quite crinklely to Bradnich. The road out of Bradnich to Collumpton only goes up about 60 metres but it does that quite quickly

I'd either continue north on the A396 to Tiverton, or if Collumpton is a "must do" destination...(er, it isnt :) ) then go south to Rewe and cut across to Killerton, and join the B3181 (old A38) to Collumpton

Collumpton isn't worth stopping for. True if you are hungry there are teashops or in the evening a fairly good Chinese resturant. But Honiton is only a few more miles climbing up and down the A373 and that is vastly superior

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Re: Crediton to Tiverton (Rob's Passage)

Postby EdinburghFixed » 14 Oct 2009, 9:20pm

Good tip - in retrospect I quite enjoyed the battle of the Cadbury hills, but that doesn't mean I'll do them next time ;)

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Re: Crediton to Tiverton (Rob's Passage)

Postby barneybear69 » 11 Jul 2011, 4:49pm

Hi Mick_f (again),
Do you have the Rob's passage route so I too can avoid Cadbury Hills please?
The links on here don't exist anymore.
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Re: Crediton to Tiverton (Rob's Passage)

Postby rob.millington » 11 Jul 2011, 4:53pm

Hey I used Robs Passage - Can't remember where it is but it'll be on one of my maps

http://roblejog.robmillington.com/?page_id=2

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Re: Crediton to Tiverton (Rob's Passage)

Postby delilah » 11 Jul 2011, 8:11pm

My route is largely based on it and may help you.
Leave Okehampton B3215. Through Belstone Corner to J with A3072, where R to Bow. 51/2 miles
R in Bow and lanes to Coleford and A377.
X A377 above Crediton and bear R towards Crediton.
Stay above Town to join A3072 where L then shortly R and lanes to Little Silver, Shobrooke, Thorverton.
X A396 to Silverton (There are major hills in the Bradninch area so head East from Silverton through village towards Bradninch but turn R thru Ellerhayes, Paper Mills and cross M5 towards Beare. Budlake and turn L onto B3181 to Cullompton) (café and P).

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Re: Crediton to Tiverton (Rob's Passage)

Postby Mick F » 11 Jul 2011, 9:44pm

Sorry, but the link doesn't work as it was.

Try this one:
http://www.bikeroutetoaster.com/Course. ... rse=145542
This one works!
Sorry, but the original link is out of date, and I must've changed summat on BRT.
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Postby barneybear69 » 12 Jul 2011, 9:07am

Brilliant - thanks for everyone's help.
I'll be avoiding those darn hills :D
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Re: Crediton to Tiverton (Rob's Passage)

Postby Mick F » 12 Jul 2011, 9:10am

So will I be on Sunday 17th.
Of from here to Bridgwater, leaving home (hopefully) at 6am.

Aiming to make Okehampton by 8am, Crediton by 10am, and Tiverton via Rob's Passage by lunch time!
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Postby barneybear69 » 12 Jul 2011, 9:34am

Enjoy your ride... and what will your chosen steed be this time??
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Re: Crediton to Tiverton (Rob's Passage)

Postby Si » 12 Jul 2011, 9:48am

Wish I'd known the alternative when I did it. That was one of only two* places that I ground to a halt on my end to end. Blistering hot day, had done too many miles in the exuberance of the first two days and so was quite tired, and there was a hot strong head wind blowing into my face. Got half way up one hill and thought bugger this for a game of sollies. Just keeled over side ways onto the verge and lay there for half an hour. Then got over the hill and raided the next garage for its whole stock of twix bars and stuffed them down my throat. Somehow made it to Tiverotn, but as soon as I got of the bike my knee went...could hardly walk for a bit, then had to stumble along. Thought that this would be the end....but next day despite the incredible knee pain when walking it gave no trouble at all on the bike!

* the other being on the side of Bodmin Moor....but that only required a 5 min rest. Just goes to show that the SW is the worst bit for hills as I didn't need to stop at all on the Scottish hills.

Although, truth be told I did have another incident of keeling over - on the bit between notts and yorks - another hot day with blistering head wind, long flat straight boring road. Managed to fall asleep as I pedalled along and ended up waking up as I hit the verge - thank the gods that I fell to the left! Anyway - lesson learned, have made sure that I've not been in such a state on a bike since.