The bike is loaded. Weather is looking promising, once more into the breech.
Departing from Constantine Bay, a short 25-minute cycle to join the Camel Trail at Padstow.
Riding the trail to Wadebridge, then Bodmin. From there, a 15-minute ride to Bodmin Parkway railway station.
A lot of railway stations in Cornwall and Devon still have that very old-time feel about them; Bodmin Parkway been no exception.
The station is also the junction for the Bodmin & Wenford Railway steam line service.
The train does have a place for my bike, and we settle in for the hour and 15-minute journey to Bere Alston, via the Royal naval city of Plymouth.
I’d already planned, via Ordnance Survey and Google maps, my first nights wild camping on Dartmoor. So with a destination in mind, we make a bee line for a little wood coppice near to the base of Sheepstor.
As I leave Bere Alston, it’s a nice long downhill to Denham Bridge (River Tavy), but as with any down, there is the up! Legs are fresh, so the climb up to Buckland Abbey does not strain me too much, even with the extra weight.
Buckland Abbey is a National Trust establishment, something that then ensures a hefty entrance fee! I only pop in for water. Soon back onto the open road, as keen to get to the camp site well before sunset.
After crossing the busy A386 to the village of Hoo Meavy, I pop out onto the moors. Arriving at my dedicated wood coppice, which also housed a scout’s hut nearby.
The first evening is very pleasant with a light breeze. Hikers slowly disperse off the moors to a few waiting cars below.
The sun dispersed a pleasant glow after a wonderful first day back on my touring bike.