30 Crossings of River Tamar

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30 Crossings of River Tamar

Postby Mick F » 24 Oct 2020, 11:14am

I've been doing some research over the last few weeks and am certain that there are thirty crossing over the river.

The Tamar forms the majority of the border between Cornwall and England, and I did all the bridges (or at least most of them) some years ago before I had GPS or thought about Google satellite images and online OS mapping, so decided to do it again, but properly this time.

Numbering the crossings from the north, I did 1 to 14 inclusive yesterday.
Drove up to a big layby just south of Kilkhampton and parked up, then set off for a 40mile ride. I've just about completed riding all the roads in Cornwall, so I took in a few of the last ones as well.

Here's a map of my route with the crossings numbered, and a complete list too.
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I tried to get to 28 Bude Canal Aqueduct but there's big signs up forbidding cycling and horse riding, plus there were walkers about so didn't want to flout the rules. When I realised it was a aqueduct, I aborted my walk. Initially, I thought it was a normal bridge but found a plaque telling all about the Bude Canal ............ aqueducts and railway bridges don't count for a cyclist wanting to ride over them! :wink:

When I've done all 27, I may drive up to the canal and walk it with Doggie. Meanwhile, Calstock Viaduct is easily done on the Gunnislake train, and it's only a matter of getting a return to Saltash to cross the Royal Albert Bridge.

Tamar Suspension Bridge (27) will have to wait until next year as the cycle/pedestrian part is closed and not do to be finished until April (I understand).

Next outing will be driving to Launceston to take in 15 - 21 for another 40mile ride.
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Re: 30 Crossings of River Tamar

Postby philvantwo » 24 Oct 2020, 12:44pm

Do you get a badge or anything when you've crossed every bridge Mick F?
The River Penk starts near here and flows into the River Sow at Stafford, says on Wikipedia its 22 miles long but I've just looked at my OS map and there are 3 railway lines that cross it, both the M54 and the M6 motorways cross it and there is a bridge on the private estate of Somerford Hall as well.......so it's a none starter!
Bit disappointed really, I could have done it tomorrow.

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Re: 30 Crossings of River Tamar

Postby Mick F » 24 Oct 2020, 2:39pm

Badge?
No, not at all. :D

Here's a photo of the first crossing (by road/path/track or otherwise) looking north.
https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@50.91385 ... 312!8i6656

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Re: 30 Crossings of River Tamar

Postby philvantwo » 24 Oct 2020, 4:32pm

Are there any otters about on that river Mick F?

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Re: 30 Crossings of River Tamar

Postby rjb » 24 Oct 2020, 4:37pm

Did you use the tree as a ski slope to ride across. :shock:
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Re: 30 Crossings of River Tamar

Postby PH » 24 Oct 2020, 5:27pm

Excellent stuff :wink:
I like rides with a theme, even more so when you come up with the theme yourself rather than following someone else's (Though I'm happy to do both)

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Re: 30 Crossings of River Tamar

Postby Mick F » 24 Oct 2020, 5:42pm

Yes, a theme gets me spurred on to ride these days. :D
In the old days, I would just ride, and ride and ride, but I need a "reason" now and want to be on pastures new ......... not that I want to go too far from home.

Otters?
I actually don't know. The river there is maybe 6ft wide at Crossing No 1.
Further down at Crossing No 3, it was more wide.
By the time you get to No 4, the river is wider and more full-flowing. Lots of streams coming in.
At the Gunnislake area Crossings 25 and 26 we have kingfishers and otters.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/River_Tamar
Not quite accurate.
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Re: 30 Crossings of River Tamar

Postby Mick F » 24 Oct 2020, 6:10pm

Crossing No 4
Upper Tamar Lake (North) Crossing No 4 cycle track and footpath right round the lake.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Upper_Tamar_Lake
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Re: 30 Crossings of River Tamar

Postby roubaixtuesday » 24 Oct 2020, 6:14pm

Great ride concept, lovely bike, but the bar tape :shock:

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Re: 30 Crossings of River Tamar

Postby Cyril Haearn » 24 Oct 2020, 6:33pm

May the river be forded too? When did you last ride your Mercian?
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Re: 30 Crossings of River Tamar

Postby Mick F » 25 Oct 2020, 8:29am

roubaixtuesday wrote:Great ride concept, lovely bike, but the bar tape :shock:
What's wrong with it?
Don't you like red?
Are you one of those people who only like black bikes? :wink:

Yes, it is a great concept. I like a reason to cycle these days, so concepts work for me.
I think my days of "just going out for a ride" have gone now. I need a destination or a reason.

Cyril Haearn wrote:May the river be forded too? When did you last ride your Mercian?
There is only one ford and that's at Latchley not far from here.
Been down to it a few time over the years but it's only safe to cross when the river is low, and only then in an off-road vehicle.
Wading across in wellies may be ok, but cycling? No thanks!
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Mercian?
Last ridden Oct 11th, though my mileages on both bikes are so well down this year that I suspect it'll be half what it was at the lowest recorded year since I got back to cycling in 2004.

1,231miles so far since the turn of the year. Pitiful really, but I am walking perhaps 20miles a week doing the dog-walking!
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Re: 30 Crossings of River Tamar

Postby Mick F » 25 Oct 2020, 8:34am

PS.
You can see the ford across the river to Lamerhooe.
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Re: 30 Crossings of River Tamar

Postby Cyril Haearn » 25 Oct 2020, 8:42am

Very good

When does the challenge between Mick F and fossala take place, or have both entered the hill-climb at Streatley today?
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Re: 30 Crossings of River Tamar

Postby simonineaston » 25 Oct 2020, 8:53am

Something about your Tamar-crossing project made me think of this! A version with twenty-inch wheels, please Mick ;-)
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Re: 30 Crossings of River Tamar

Postby Mick F » 25 Oct 2020, 9:43am

That brilliant cycle GPS track is only possible in a big city.
I suppose it would be possible in Cornwall, but it would be one heck of a long ride to do it.

However ..................
All it would need, would be to scale it all down and use a deserted carpark, or a playing field.
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