Bikes across Dartmoor for a Green MP in Central Devon

3 May 2015

A convoy of electric bikes from Ashburton to Okehampton, stopping at various towns across the moor. Will you join us? (on any kind of bike, some or all of the way).

On Friday 1 May, I'll continue on one of the 5 electric bikes to Kennford outside Exeter. Right now, the other 4 are up for grabs, if anyone would like to join me? email 

Inge Page of Dartmoor Walks & Rides This Way writes: 

The Central Devon constituency covers one of the largest areas of any in England – 550 square miles – which makes effective campaigning quite a challenge, particularly if you’re the candidate for a party with limited resources and a strong environmental ethic. Add to that the fact that the heart of the constituency – the jewel in its crown – is Dartmoor which is notoriously bereft of public transport and very hilly, thus not suitable for cycling far unless you’re already very fit.

What to do if you’re a Green Party that wants to reach out to rural voters but not clog the roads with yet more cars?

Andy Williamson - Central DevonThe resourceful Green Party candidate for Central Devon, Andy Williamson, has teamed up with Dartmoor Walks & Rides This Way to go on the campaign trail - on electric bikes. On April 30, Andy and supporters will set off from Ashburton and cycle 30 miles over eastern Dartmoor to Okehampton, passing through Widecombe, Moretonhampstead, Chagford, South Zeal and Sticklepath. En route, the group will stop at these towns and villages to talk to residents, hand out leaflets and discuss issues affecting these communities such as sustainable transport, affordable housing, employment opportunities etc.

If you'd like to join Andy on this fantastic ride, or if you've any questions you'd like to ask, please feel free to drop him an email.

As the founder of Dartmoor Walks & Rides This Way, I’m delighted to be part of this day. I set up the business because I really wanted people to enjoy Dartmoor away from their cars. By offering tours on foot, e-bike or both, I hope to encourage people to venture further afield and see the wonderful hidden corners of this unique landscape. This is very much in line with the Green Party’s focus on sustainable transport, cycle routes and alternatives to reliance on private cars. The route we’re taking on April 30th goes through spectacular scenery and visits lovely communities. I can’t wait. Look out for us if you live nearby. We plan to be in Chagford at lunchtime and in Okehampton by about 4.30 pm.

Click here to view the Bikes Across Dartmoor Facebook event page

Leave Ashburton at 9.30am
Arrive at Widecombe at 10.15
have a 15 min stop
Get to North Bovey at 11am
Have a 15 min stop
Get to Moretonhampsted at 11.45
Have a 30 min stop
Get to Chagford at 1pm
Stop for an hour at the Courtyard Café to have lunch and charge the bikes.
Get to South Zeal at 3pm
have a 15 min stop
Get to Sticklepath at 3.30pm
Stay for 15 mins
Get to Okehampton at around 4.30pm


Here are some photos from Andy's ride so far:

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Bikes Around Devon