Pic of the Week – River Torridge, North Devon

As a family we are fairly keen on cycling, but we are soft. We like short, flat rides in good weather. We prefer to cycle when we are on holiday and where there is no traffic. As a result we have researched a lot of cycle paths around the UK and a few in France and America.

The Tarka Trail in north Devon ended up on my cycling wishlist some time ago. It’s a former railway line which mainly runs by the river Torridge. It’s a beautiful part of the country with some cafes here and there to break up the effort.

Cycling is one of the reasons I have my very small camera, the Sony RX100iii. I wear it around my neck and over one shoulder so it doesn’t bang about. It’s so light I can wear it there all day. The only problem with taking photos on a family bike ride is that I am always the slowest cyclist so I frequently get left behind if I stop to take photos. I really hate that! So for this shot I tried to be even faster and just used my phone. I am happy with the photo but I still got left behind.

I do think that my absolute favourite photos to take are shots with a body of water like this. Whether it’s a river or a lake or the sea, or just a big puddle I am always inspired by reflections and glistening surfaces. I also like waves and waterfalls and the impression of movement. With water I am easy to please!

There were some nice views of the river Torridge along this bike trail. Read my full blog post about the Tarka trail and family cycling in Favourite Family Cycling Routes – Devon’s Tarka Trail.

Pic of the week - Tarka Trail on Falcondale Life blog. View of the river Torridge on a family cycle path in North Devon. Photography and travel blog.

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  1. 20th November 2017 / 1:22 pm

    I only use my phone these days for photographs but have just changed from an iPhone 5 to an 8+ and I’m now lagging behind again as I need two hands to take pics

  2. 19th November 2017 / 10:42 pm

    I agree with you about the water. It always seems to add another angle to a photo – especially if you can get a good reflection

  3. 19th November 2017 / 7:08 pm

    Wonderful view, it’s a stunning part of the World

    Thank you for linking up

  4. 19th November 2017 / 5:56 pm

    Lovely photo! It reminds me a lot of the Camel Trail between Bodmin and Padstow.

    • 19th November 2017 / 8:04 pm

      Does it? We need to do that one then! Good tip.

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