We had tickets to this years Powderham Castle Historic Vehicle Gathering, run by the Crash Box and Classic Car Club, so I thought we would make the most of it, catch a train into Exeter St David’s and cycle along the river to the show (what an idiot)! Living in a small village can sometimes make using our bikes quite difficult, unless you want a challenge and lots of hills to cycle up, we are lucky that we have a train station in our village which runs fairly frequently. We caught the first train on a Sunday at 10.44am and loaded our bikes on. It wasn’t too busy which was great, last time we tired to get on with our bikes we were turned away because it was too busy, so we were pleased to have got on. St David’s is only about 26 mins or so away so not a very long journey.
We soon arrived into St Davids and hauled our bikes back off the train and began our journey. We went left out of the train station and headed over the railway lines and along the river. It’s a very flat ride which is great for people like me who are a little rusty when it comes to cycling, it was my bikes first outing of the year – shameful! We pedaled along with Dave leading the way and me playing catch up, I think he forgets I have smaller legs than him. Before we knew it we were crossing over at Bridge Road and having a pit stop at The Turf Locks
We carried on along the newly tarmaced cycle way towards Powderham (new to us anyway) and approached the bridge to cross the railway lines, from here we could just about see where we needed to get to, we carried on a little further and found the entrance. Upon arriving we were met by a very friendly young boy who told us where we could lock our bikes up and which way the entrance was. We were amazed to see how the show had grown since the last time we visited! It was a really nice atmosphere with people of all ages wandering around and marveling at all that was on offer. There were cars from all over the world, Traction Engines, Trucks, Trade Stands, Bands, a Dog Show and lots of different food stalls.
We walked the whole site trying to work out which was the best way to see it all, in the end we opted for weaving up and down and think we managed to see most things, including a few people we knew too. It was a really hot day so we sat under a tree for a little while and had something to eat before heading back out on our bikes.
The cycle back seemed a lot quicker than on the way there, it was also a bit busier along the tracks, so a lot of people weaving and dodging happened. Before long we were sat on a bench outside at The Mill on the Exe, with a well deserved ice cold drink and a plate of cheesey chips, before catching our train home!
Despite me having to pedal for my life to keep up with Dave I love our Sunday cycle trips and hope to get out and do a bit more cycling before the winter months draw in!