The Giro di Janner Fresh Air Miles cycle ride around Plymouth
Fresh Air Miles Ride held Sunday May 1st 2011 11 am – Future rides to be advised
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On May 1st 2011 we celebrated the 15th anniversary of the National Cycle Network (NCN) founded by Sustrans, with a cycle ride for all abilities through the city of Plymouth. 150 cyclists took part in this easy family friendly ride on part of NCN 27 along the Hoe and Barbican to Laira Bridge, then on quiet roads and cycle paths through Mount Gould, Greenbank, Central Park, Stoke and Devonport.
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The ride started at Café Roma in the Civic Centre Square and finshed at the Seco Lounge in the Royal William Yard, so plenty of refreshments available at the start and the finish.
The ride was led and guided throughout by experienced cyclists, and takes around two hours. This is not a race, but an opportunity to show that it is possible to travel around the city by bike. There are stops at strategic points en route so the riders can re-group. There is always a “sweeper” cyclist at the back to ensure nobody gets left behind.
Registration started at 10.30 am and the ride commenceed at 11 am.
Thanks are due to the members of the Yogi Cycling Club who helped sign the route and rode as stewards on the ride itself. Thanks also to the Vélo Club Plymouth who were responsible for the initial route planning.
This was a fun day out and helped to raise the profile of cycling in Plymouth – see you for the next one!
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Please note the itinerary is subject to minor changes as development work on the Devonport reconstruction proceeds and the East End road scheme proceeds.
- Start from Cafe Roma coffee bar in the Civic Centre Square (registration from 10.30) and enter Notte Street via pedestrian lights and turn right.
- Next left up Lockyer Street to the Hoe Promenade – turn left and cycle across the Prom to the Eastern end. Descend ramp and turn left into Hoe Road when you will be on National Cycle Network route 27. (We follow NCN 27 to Laira Bridge) Keep the Citadel on your right.
- Bend right then bend left then turn next right following NCN27. Follow road downhill and at the bottom by the harbour turn left towards Mayflower Steps.
- At Mayflower Steps dismount and walk across the Swing Bridge towards the Aquarium.
- Keep bearing right on NCN27 as you pass the Aquarium then join Teats Hill Road and continue straight on to the junction with Commercial Road – TAKE CARE – and go straight on (very slightly right).
- After 50 metres turn right following NCN 27 (opposite Avis sign) – TAKE CARE. After a further 50 metres take the track that bears right up past the rocket/torpedo. This is the South West Coast Path (fully paved).
- Follow for about 500 metres. At the far end there is a descent to a narrow exit – TAKE CARE – and continue straight on along the road which eventually curves around left and you arrive at the junction of Shapters Way and Maxwell Road. Turn right in to Maxwell Road.
- At the next roundabout go straight ahead (2nd exit) then turn immediately right onto the designated cycle way.
- Follow this to the Laira Bridge traffic lights. On reaching the lights turn right across Finegans Way then immediately left across Laira Bridge Road and straight on to the pedestrian/cycle bridge (signed Plympton via Embankment). Here we leave NCN 27.
- Follow the cycle track and take the next left (City Centre), pass under bridge then immediately left (City Centre). Just before end of this track bear left down the ramp and at the bottom turn left (City Centre). At the first crossroads turn right into Lanhydrock Road keeping the playing fields on your right.
- Take the 3rd left (opposite kid’s playground) into Heathfield Road (reasonable climb).
- Turn right at top of hill into Mount Gould Road and follow round until you come to a bus shelter. Turn right here into Ladysmith Road and follow this all the way to the end.
- Turn left in to Lipson Road then –TAKE CARE – 1st right into Queens Road.
- Turn 1st left and you will see the entrance to Freedom Fields Park ahead. Enter the park and bear right keeping the playground on your right and exit the park into Greenbank Terrace which you follow to the junction with Tothill Avenue. TAKE CARE and turn right then 2nd left into Hill Park Crescent.
- Turn left into North Hill – TAKE CARE – then 1st right into St Lawrence Road.
- At the bottom turn left into Houndiscombe Road then 1st right in to Sutherland Road. Straight after the railway bridge take the second left (bear left rather than turn left) and go down the steep hill. At the bottom turn left into Dale Road. At the T junction turn right into Central Park Avenue.
- On reaching the bend with the cemetery gates in front of you turn left into Central Park. Take the right hand track through the park and continue along this broad path until you arrive at a junction where there are green railings surrounding a pond in front of you. Turn right here, then turn left into an even wider track with a faintly visible cycle path on the right hand side.
- After a gentle climb through the park you reach a T junction where you turn left, with the Argyle ground on your left. Curve to the right keeping the building works on your right. When the Leisure Centre is to your left turn left, keeping the Leisure Centre to your left. 50 m after the Leisure Centre take the turning to the right down the broad path leading to the Milehouse traffic lights.
- At the lights head straight across towards Milehouse Road (signed for traffic to Torpoint). Do not go onto the far pavement but slip to the right onto the protected cycle lane and turn left into Milehouse Road.
- Take 1st left into Salisbury Ope then turn into the first lane on the right. Continue along here. Keep going along the uphill cobbled section – TAKE CARE – the lane becomes smooth again, then soon you will see Anne’s Place. Turn left here. Go straight on into Park Street. Continue until Somerset Place and turn right. Cross Molesworth Road – TAKE CARE – continuing along Somerset Place and bear left into Underhill road following this downhill to next Junction with The Elms where turn right across railway then immediately turn right then 1st left into Collingwood road.
- After about 300 metres turn right into South Hill then right again into Waterloo Street. At next junction turn left into Devonport Road – TAKE CARE – then next right into Exmouth Road.
- Devonport Park is on your left. At top of the gentle hill turn left across a low curb into the park. As you enter the park there are 4 paths. Take the second on the left which heads gently downhill towards the recently completed children’s playground on your right. Continue down to the newly paved cycle way at the bottom of the park and bear right to cross Fore Street via the cycle traffic lights then turn left into Raglan Road (signed City Centre).
- Continue straight along Raglan Road/Madden Road/Pembroke Street. After a right hand bend cross Cumberland Road – TAKE CARE use pedestrian lights if necessary – into continuation of Pembroke Street.
- At end of Pembroke Street turn right into George Street. Take 3rd left into Ker Street. Cycle around Devonport Guildhall and at the back continue into Bennett Street which curves left downhill and at the bottom turn right opposite community school then next left into James Street.
- You will soon see the water in front of you. About 100 metres before the water the road narrows and the surface changes to tiles. Do not continue but bear left along the path next to Knights Surplus passing a boulder on your right and entering the path which leads towards the water but at a higher level than the road.
- Continue all the way along this path – TAKE CARE some blind corners – until you join the road at Richmond Walk. Just before reaching the roundabout where Richmond Walk joins the main road at Stonehouse Bridge – TAKE CARE dismount recommended watch for traffic from behind and coming off the roundabout – cross to the right and get onto the pavement going across Stonehouse Bridge on its Southern side. You are now on a designated cycle path across Stonehouse Bridge.
At the Eastern end of the bridge cross Durnford Street on the zebra cycle crossing and proceed to the right down Durnford Street towards the Royal William Yard at the far end. Seco Lounge is in the Yard on the right.