Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Days out on Drake's Trail

As the kids grow stronger we've been venturing further afield and making more of a day out of our journeys on Drake's Trail (National Cycle Network Route 27). The journey towards Plymouth south of Clearbrook has been immensely improved by the high quality new surface laid from the village hall, gradually descending towards Plymouth. It replaces a steep, narrow boulder-strewn path that was a quite challenging on the descent and a carry on the way up.

Start of new surface from Clearbrook opposite Village Hall

Going south from Clearbrook - superb smooth surface for a cycle trail

Going south from Clearbrook - gentle curves and an easy gradient

We've stopped for a cake break at a few places too. The Skylark Inn in Clearbrook will do a slice of cake and a cup of tea and has a large beer garden at the rear that's very popular with people following Drake's Trail.

The Knightstone Tea Rooms (once R.A.F. Harrowbeer) in Yelverton does a good cream tea and has historical military hardware on display. It's currently closed for a kitchen refit until 30th May 2015.

Closer to Tavistock, the Halfway House at Grenofen opens all day as Drake's Cafe. The cream tea and macaroons we ate were spot-on. The beer garden's a bit exposed on a windy day.