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Lopwell Dam Cycle Link Route - 4.5 miles

Grade

Easy to Moderate

Type

Cycle

Description

Lopwell Dam Link Cycle Route - 4.5 miles This linear route links the Ply Valley Cycle Route with the Tamar Valley and the Bere Peninisula. It take in a range of scenery including the upper reaches of the Plym Valley, the moors and views at Roborough, descends into the Tamar Valley and crossing the River Tavy. The river crossing at Lopwell Dam is tidal and you must find out the tide times before setting out on the route. These can be obtained from the tide timetable for Plymouth, to which you need to add 9 minutes. It is recommended that you do not try to cross the river for at least 2 hours either side of high tide. When the tide is particularly high or when there has been heavy rainfall, this period is likely to be longer.

Cycle Waypoints

  1. 1 The Lopwell Link begins at Bickleigh, where it can link to the Plym Valley Cycle Route. Take the road leading out of the village towards Roborough.
  2. 2 Leaving the village, take the second turning on the right - signposted Lopwell Cycle Route. Follow this lane until in eventually emerges at the A386.
  3. 3 Carefully cross the A386 and turn right.
  4. 4 After approximately 150m turn left at a junction signposted Bere Alston, Maristowe and Lopwell.
  5. 5 Turn left at the next junction (a crossroads) and follow the road for about a mile until you see the Maristowe Estate office on your right.
  6. 6 Having past the Estate Office, continue down the road, round a sharp bend (take care).
  7. 7 Soon you will reach a fork in the road. Take the left hand fork and follow the road down hill until you reach the dam.
  8. 8 The river crossing at Lopwell Dam is tidal and you must find out the tide times before setting out on the route. These can be obtained from the tide timetable for Plymouth, to which you need to add 9 minutes. It is recommended that you do not try to cross the river for at least 2 hours either side of high tide. When the tide is particularly high or when there has been heavy rainfall, this period is likely to be longer. Dismount and cross the dam.
  9. 9 After crossing the dam, turn left and follow the track uphill through the woods.
  10. 10 After about half a mile the track will emerge onto a lane opposite a barn. Turn right here. You have now joined the Bere Peninsula Cycle Route at Collytown.

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