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Horseback ~ Ruby Ride 4

Ruby Ride ~ Route 4 Details

Bratton Clovelly Village and Lakeside Trail
(4.8 miles on road/7.2 miles off road)

 Free parking is available at Roadford Lake.
To access the ride, use the
Forest or Gaddacombe car parks, both of which are near the route.
From Gaddacombe Cross you can access a permissive bridleway which runs northwards
 and around the perimeter of the lake, courtesy of the South West Lakes Trust.
You can also ride on the cycleway here in dry weather.
These routes are shown in green on the route map. Alternatively, paid parking
 is available at the main visitor centre. If parking with a horse-box or trailer,
 please use the top two (unsurfaced) tiers of the car park.

1) From the Forest car park access track, turn right along the road to Headson Cross. 

2) At Headson Cross, turn left and follow the road for 1.8 miles to Bratton Clovelly.

3) Turn right at the junction near the Clovelly inn, and then turn left along the road
signed "Boasley" and "South Reed Fisheries".

4) Continue straight on for 0.7 mile then take the public bridleway on the left hand side.

5) Follow this bridleway for 2 miles passing Voaden and Blackbroom.

6) Take the bridleway on the left where the two bridleways split
(if you get to the A3079 you have gone too far)!

7) Follow this bridleway for 1 mile passing Black Bangworthy Cottage to the road.
Turn left along the road passing West Grindhill.

8) At the end of this road, turn left (signed "Bratton Clovelly")
and continue straight on for 0.8 mile.

9) Take the public bridleway on the right hand side and cross Brock's Moor Field.

10) Cross straight over the lane and follow the public bridleway straight ahead.

11) Where the bridleway meets a road, follow the road straight on.
Do not follow the public bridleway that runs off to the left, but continue straight on along
the road for 1.3 miles, passing Southweek and ending at a road.

 Enjoy the excellent views over Roadford Lake on this part of the route. Roadford Lake,
 also known as Roadford Reservoir, is a man-made reservoir fed by the River Wolf.
 It is the largest area of fresh water in the South West of England. Operated by South West Water,
 it directly supplies water for
North Devon. It also supplies Plymouth and south west Devon
 via releases into the River Tamar for abstraction at Gunnislake.

With over 730 acres of water, Roadford Lake is a spectacular lake with ample parking.
On the southern bank you will find the Lakeside Cafe and Function Suite which includes a Visitor Centre,
giving information on the history of the valley, with interactive exhibits.
The Lakeside Cafe and Gift Shop and Visitor Centre are open daily.
Visitors to this side of the lake can enjoy miles of footpaths and a cycleway which winds its way
 through a maturing planted forest overlooking the Lake.
Alternatively you can take a rowing boat or the seasonal ferry to explore the scenery
from a different perspective from the water.

Visit www.swlakestrust.org.uk for more information.

12) At the road junction, turn left and then take the public bridleway immediately on the right hand side.

13) Follow this bridleway along the edge of Roadford Lake for 0.75 mile and then return
 to the road along the bridleway, where it turns to the left runs along a lane.

 14) Cross straight over the road and continue along the public bridleway for 0.6 mile. At its junction with
 another public bridleway, turn right and follow the bridleway through the yard of North Breazle Farm.

 15) Continue to follow the bridleway along the farm access track back to the road. 

16) Turn right along the road and then immediately left to return to the Forest car park.

Note: this ride can be linked to Ruby Ride No.5 to create a longer ride.

The ride could also begin and end in the Village (Point 3 in the list)

Refreshments are available from "The Clovelly Inn" in Bratton Clovelly or
from the Lakeside Cafe at Roadford Lake.