The journey leading up to my results day was far from conventional; being from a high achieving grammar school in Plymouth, my teachers had their hearts set on me going to a Russell Group university to study a STEM subject. Of course, not all of them were like this, but it was generally seen as questionable to not be reaching for these kind of goals.Read More
As winter crumbles away and Spring blooms full speed ahead in front of us, it’s important to soak up the British sunshine as and when you can - god knows my pale skin needs it. Now that I’ve finished my degree and I’m free of the shackles of assignments, I’ve been able to do everything I want and more without the guilt of a word count to finish or a dissertation to hand in. Amazing!
Since the sun has been shining bright, I’ve taken the opportunity to get back into cycling. I loved it as a kid, so it made sense to start again when my boyfriend’s family suggested going along the Plym Valley trail. After a long winter filled with cosy days and nights in the comfort of my own home, I was beyond ready to explore and get my legs moving again.
We started off in Coypool, where they have a handy ‘Bike Bus’ in which to hire bikes from. Hopping on the bike and wobbling my way around the car park, it wasn’t long before balance returned and I got into the swing of things. Kind of. I revived the old saying of ‘it’s just like riding a bike!’, and I’m quite proud of it!
We took a leisurely cycle along the trail from Coypool to Clearbrook, around 9 miles. The trail is deceptively uphill for its entirety, and I really did begin to lag by the end of it.
"I can’t go any further"
"Come on Seren, you can do it!"
"I. CANNOT. DO. THIS."
"There’s a pub just around the corner!"
Pushing my thigh muscles to what felt like the very extremes, I made it to the pub. A few drinks and a hot dog later, I was ready to get back on the road. 20 minutes later, I’d practically flown down the trail.
I wasn’t deterred by this mighty feat, so two weeks later my boyfriend and I decided to cycle the easier trail from Wadebridge to Padstow, a true treat in the British sunshine. The Camel Trail is completely flat and provides genuinely beautiful scenery for those who wish to pursue it. If you’re able to travel there, I couldn’t recommend it more – there are three bike hire stores in Wadebridge ready to help you with anything you may need, plus a huge incentive at the end in the form of a pasty. I hired a bike for £12 and weaved my way to Padstow, where my boyfriend and I strolled around the shops and ate a well-deserved ice-cream. I personally love the postcards, the fudge and the illustrations the shops have to offer, so I made sure to invest in all three!
If you’re at a loose end at a weekend, I’d definitely recommend having a go at some of the cycle trails. They’re a great way to get some chore-free exercise and soak up the sun, especially if you’re in the midst of studying and are in need of a desperate break.
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