Saturday, 7 April 2012

A bike ride with Swiss and German journalists

The lovely warm spring of 2012 brought an interesting international party of cyclists onto the Devon Coast to Coast Cycle Route. Various travel writers from Germany and Switserland were invited by Visit Cornwall and Visit Devon to explore Britain’s southwest. At the end of their 5 day tour via major tourist attractions like the Eden Project, Tintagel Castle and Newquay, it was the turn for North Devon Plus to show some highlights of their area. My EOS Cycling Holidays was asked to provide a day activity for the journalists and this is how it happened that a Dutchman showed around the German-Swiss delegation on British territory!
Yvonne Beck of the Swiss glossy magazine Prestige was not terribly keen on the pedalling adventure, but very quickly the charm of the tranquil Tarka Trail convinced her she was up for a special day. The former railway tunnel halfway between Bideford and Torrington took the party deep into Devon’s glorious countryside. It was only a matter of time before I was chatting away on the bike with people like Stefanie Schudlich of German PR agency BZ.COMM and Sabine Gudath of the Berliner Kurier. Christian Altmeier of the Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung told me how the German town of Heidelberg is buzzing with cyclists despite its rugged nature and how the Devon Coast to Coast Route would definitely be to the interest of German cyclists.
Lunch was kindly provided by David and Charley Job of Yarde Orchard. Their cafe and grounds are the funkiest place to eat and stay on the whole Devon Coast to Coast route. The Yarde Orchard buffet with great hand-made pizzas, locally produced apple juice and much more was thoroughly enjoyed by the party who previously had high-profile meals in establishments like Plymouth’s Barbican Kitchen and Newquay’s Headland Hotel.
After lunch, David Job showed everyone around on his premises. Especially Geraldine Friedrich of the Basler Zeitung proved to have a keen interest in his eco-bunkhouse and cool Mongolian yurts. The unique purpose built eco-drainage system, which uses natural gravity for water flows and reedbeds for filtering, was an important topic of conversation. David also revealed how he has started to work on a treehouse project, which will be available for overnight accommodation in the future. On most EOS Cycling Holidays Devon Coast to Coast Tours a stay at Yarde Orchard is included, with the Tarka Adventure minibreak package being the ultimate family-friendly option to introduce younger children to the Great Outdoors! 
The last stop of the German/Swiss delegation on their Devon Coast to Coast Cycle Tour was the Meldon Viaduct. This former railway bridge provides stunning views over Dartmoor National Park and is a historic piece of architecture in its own right. I explained how the Devon Coast to Coast Cycle Route has 9 stunning bridges of this kind on its route and also how near Tavistock a new purpose built cycle bridge is nearing its completion to replace the original bridge which was blasted away only about 20 years ago; how things can change!
With the image of the spectacular Meldon Viaduct on their minds the German/Swiss delegation and I parted in Okehampton. Hopefully they will write inspiring pieces for their audiences about England’s Southwest and the Devon Coast to Coast Cycle Route in particularly. Our EOS Cycling Holidays is now fully available in German, just as it is in English and Dutch. Routebooks on all EOS Cycling Tours are now provided in all these three languages. With new presence on Facebook and Twitter for every language as well, there is no reason to miss out on our latest cycling gossip and special deals!  

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