LEJOG – Day 2: Fowey to Moretonhampstead

Day 2 – Fowey to Moretonhampstead – 60 Miles

Day 2 of LEJOG and another hard day lay ahead as we proceeded to head eastwards across Cornwall and into Devon. After an early night the Golant YHA served up a fantastic full English breakfast and for the more healthier of the group, Oats, Yoghurt and Muesli were also available  – which I gave a wide berth as I was keen to build up the pounds!

Being a tour operated LEJOG, courtesy of Peak Tours, you were given the choice of either (a) B&B and guest houses as accomodation or (b) YHA accomodation along the way. I opted for the latter choice and so did 6 others. All YHA’s we stayed in throughout the 14 days were fantastic in terms of setting, cleanliness and a majority also offered washing facilities as well as on site catering, so I was pleasantly surprised.

We left Golant YHA at around 08.00 and set off to meet the rest of the group (who had opted for the more luxurious accomodation of guest houses) in the village of Fowey and to embark onto the Fowey ferry which transported us across the bay complete with bikes

Fowey Ferry Crossing

£1.50 later we disembarked the ferry, and without anytime to build up a momentum on the bike, we were greeted with a mountain to cycle up, right in front of us. I hold my head in shame as I have to admit I (along with a few others, I wont mention names) opted to walk it which snaked for a few miles before finally joining up to similar terrain we encountered on day 1, plenty of scenic views and as always, plenty of famous undulations thanks to the LEJOG route notes

25 miles later, and we arrived at Torpoint, where, as on Day 1, lunch was served courtesy of the boot of the Peak Tours van at The Kings Arms, Torpoint.

This was the point when a member of the group decided their bike needed an upgrade and took advantage of the lunch break to go in search of a bike shop to acquire a better cushioned saddle – perfect timing as Devon was to test us all with its famous undultations, scenic settings and panoramic views i.e. hills, hills and more hills, LEJOG was proving to really test us all on our abilities on a bike.

Saddle Change

After lunch we set off again, saying our goodbye’s to Cornwall and a warm hello to Devon as we crossed the River Tamar and arrived into Devon’s second city, Plymouth.

Navigation was required to quickly find our way out of the city and back into Devon’s green and pleasant land…On a sidenote, I thought this might be a fitting time to inform any football supporters who may be reading this blog that Exeter City (Devon’s leading football club) defeated Plymouth Argyle yesterday, match report can be found here:

And then the serious cycling began. Leaving Plymouth (via the A386) we cycled onto Yelverton, the gateway to Dartmoor and a 6 mile steady climb awaited us as we made our way onto Princetown.

This was a good place to take a brief break and we decided to take in an ice-cream (topped with clotted cream) before making our journey onwards through Dartmoor and onto the final destination, Moretonhampstead. Personally, day 2 was the hardest day for me and really tested me on the saddle…The Devon hills should not be underestimated and Dartmoor presents its many challenges as you cycle across the terrain.

Moretonhampstead offered some fantastic pubs and catered for all our needs, apart from mobile phone reception, so it was off to find the only phone box in the village and form an orderly queue outside to call our nearest and dearest….2 days down and I was so pleased to get through what is seen by some as the two toughest days of the whole LEJOG.

I was looking forward to Day 3 as it meant cycling through my home city and Devon’s capital (and leading football team), Exeter.

I would like to thank you for taking the time to read my LEJOG Blog. I hope you’ve found it interesting and feel free to post your thoughts and comments. Once again, thank you for visiting Simon’s LEJOG blog

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