By Jango

Travels By Jango, Rhino and Helios tandem

Day 9: Exmoor to Durston

The day started warm but misty so coats were needed for the first hour or so. We border-hopped between Devon and Somerset as we cycled across Exmoor along rolling roads for 15 kilometres with beautiful scenery all around. We did see a few Exmoor ponies. We then descended a very steep hill into Dulverton, where there were three tea shops but nowhere to park the bikes easily so we decided it was too early for a stop.
We carried on along rolling hills for most of the time but did have to push up one steep climb. We had a bun stop in a nice little bus shelter at Petton and shortly afterwards crossed the border into Somerset for the last time. Then we had a long steady uphill climb of around 100 metres over a distance of about 2 kilometres. After pedalling up that climb we were ready to share a Somerset cream tea at The Courthouse tearoom in Wiveliscombe. It was a fascinating tea room in part of a large fabric shop. There were lots of chandeliers in the room.
The last part of today was along the Bridgewater and Taunton canal, which we joined at Firepool lock in Taunton itself. A few kilometres later we arrived at Hascolls Farm, an attractive farmhouse just off the route in Durston, having ridden 69 kilometres today.


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