Mystics and Magicians Cricket Club - Directions to Grounds

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Bugle C.C.

The Mystics in action at Bugle Bugle is right smack on the A391, so get your maps out and find that. These directions will assume that you are heading south along the A391 from Bodmin. As you come into central Bugle, The Bugle Inn is on your right at some traffic lights. Turn right at these lights, into Roche Road (signed to Roche). Go under the bridge and take the narrow track on the right for about 100 yards. It is probably best to leave minibuses and motorcycles on the road.

Before match, several us will probably be in The Bugle Inn (pub website) (link to Google Map of PL26 8PB).

Click the picture above for a link to a Google Map centred on the ground (check the satellite view to see exactly where the ground is).

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Pencarrow C.C.

The rain in Pencarrow falls mainly on the Mystics From Bodmin take the A389 towards Wadebridge. You'll pass the Borough Arms pub on your left as you go down hill to the River Camel. Carry on over the old railway line and across the bridge, up the hill and follow the road passing the turning for Camelford (B3266) on your right. Keep heading towards Wadebridge and pass through a small place called Washaway.

Pass a right turn to St Mabyn (three miles) and Camelford (ten and a half miles). About 100 yards later, fork right past Trehellas Hotel and Restaurant. It's also signposted to Croanford (one mile).

Stuart Ellis says that you'll soon start to think that you're lost, but he says that you shouldn't worry. Follow this narrow lane through the woods and Pencarrow Cricket Club should appear on your left just before the crossroads (you'll see two huge oak trees on your right). Be careful when turning in as the gateway is narrow, and newcomers tend to scrape their cars.

From the Wadebridge side, you should head south past The Slades House Country Inn in Sladebrige. After about a mile and a half, take the second left after big right-hand bend, signposted to Croanford (half a mile) and St Mabyn (two miles). Drive half a mile up the road to a crossroads. Turn right, ignore the entrance to Pencarrow House on the left and obey the signs that point right into Pencarrow Cricket Club. Don't park where Chris and Kate parked in 2009.

Click the picture above for a link to a Google Map centred on the ground (check the satellite view to see exactly where the ground is).

For pre-match drinkers, the best bet seems to be the Saint Mabyn Inn (PL30 3BA), which is in the centre of Saint Mabyn - follow signs from the A389. To get to the ground from there, follow the Wadebridge Road from the centre of the village (to Wadebridge and Pencarrow on the signpost next to the war memorial). Pass the post office, the church and the school. Pass the village hall, an unpromising-looking crossroads and Mabena Close on the right, and you're out of Saint Mabyn.

After another 400 yards, you get to a crossroads - though you should just follow the road around to the left, ignoring the tiny roads ahead and to the right. 500 yards further along, as the road bends right towards Pencarrow, you need to keep straight on, following the sign to Bodmin. Pass a farm track on the left after 300 yards and the road starts to wiggle as it heads down towards a stream and then back up again. The road straightens and, after 300 yards, leads to a crossroads. Follow the straight on (towards Washaway, 1 mile, and Bodmin, 4 miles) and the entrance to the ground is on your right after 50 yards.

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Boconnoc C.C.

Wow Head east (back towards Devon) on the A390 out of Lostwithiel. On the right about a mile out of town (a couple of hundred yards past Saint Winnow School and just about the place where the 40-mph zone ends) is Downend Garage. Turn right there (signposted to Lerryn, 3 miles, and Couch's Mill, 2 miles). Follow the road around to the left at Duchy Timber and less than a mile's drive will bring you to a T-junction. Take the left towards Couch's Mill and Liskeard. After about half a mile, bear right (towards Couch's Mill and Lanreath) at a grassy triangle of a junction. In a bit more than half a mile there's a left turn with a heavy-duty white picket gate across it. Open the gate and go through it, remembering to shut it behind you. The sightscreens should be visible pretty soon as you drive along the road, keeping right where you have a choice.

The pitch is very clear on the Google Map satellite image.

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Methigion C.C.

Mystery Scorer This fixture will be played at Boscawen Park (TR1 1UE) on the south edge of Truro. To get there from Bodmin, head west on the A30 and the A39 towards Truro. Turn left (A39 to Truro and Falmouth) on to Newquay Road at the Buckshead Roundabout. Head on down into town, passing a shopping mall with a Dunelm on your right. Just after that is a T-junction at Union Hill (with a big Waitrose nearby). Turn right on to the A39/A390, still heading towards Falmouth and Truro.

Carry on along this road (Tregolls Road) for about half a mile. It becomes a dual carriageway and then reaches a big roundabout. The cathedral should now be coming into sight ahead of you. Get into the left lane at the roundabout, but don't take the very first exit past Domino's Pizza. Take the second, though, Malpas Road, following signs to Heron Inn, Trennick Mill, Malpas and, most promisingly, Boscawen Park. BBC Radio Cornwall is almost immediately on the right. Don't go in, just be reassured by its presence.

The park itself is at least a mile along Malpas Road. Head straight on at a mini roundabout and go past Trennick Mill and beyond the national-speed-limit signs. Suddenly it'll all feel a bit country lane. Soon, however, two cricket grounds appear on your right. We're playing at the first, the council pitch, rather than at Truro C.C.

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Saint Neot C.C.

Joseph and Fraser at Saint Neot

Saint Neot is about two miles North of the midpoint on the A38 between Bodmin and Liskeard. Your best bet, I reckon, is to head along the A38 and keep an eye out for signposts.

Once you're in the village, you'll see a pub called The London Inn. an alternative option for lunch is the Halfway House, which should be open. It's on the A38, on the left, by the first turn to Saint Neot.

Past the London Inn, there is a church on your left. Just notice it, don't deviate from your course. Then there is a fork in the road. Bear left up the hill (blue sign to "Saint Neot Taverners C.C."). Turn right at the first crossroads (another blue sign to "Saint Neot Taverners C.C."), and drive for about a third of a mile. The entrance to the ground is a gap in the hedge on the left after some farm buildings. There is a small sign in the hedge.

Click the picture above for a link to a Google Map centred on the ground (check the satellite view to see exactly where the ground is).

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Saint Stephen

The A3058 road between Newquay and Saint Austell goes through the southern end of Saint Stephen. Heading east along that road into the village, you'll pass a Kia garage on the right. Keep going along Terras Road a few hundred yards and then turn left into Fore Street (sign to Free Parking, 330 yds). Pass a launderette, a takeaway, a hairdresser and a Co-op and keep on for about another 200 yards and the cricket ground is on the right, just past the Community Centre.

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Erratics at Teign Valley

Take the B3212 out of Exeter towards Moretonhampstead. Five or six miles out of Exeter, turn left at the bottom of a hill on to the B3193 (signposted to Christow). After a mile and a half, turn left at the T-junction, still towards Christow on the B3193. Two or three miles along this is a crossroads, with a signpost to Higher Ashton and Lower Ashton. Turn left and cross the River Teign on a narrow stone bridge. Before the first house, turn right down a narrow track. Cautious driver might want to skip this bit and head on for a hundred yards or so and park on the road near the pub. A few hundred yards along that track, it opens up into a field. Turn left over a small hump-backed bridge and through a gate on to the ground. Park at the far side.

Before and after the game, the nearby Manor Inn should be open and have Mystics and Erratics propping up the bar. There is talk of camping on the ground on the Saturday night.

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Broadclyst at Killerton House

Olga's arty shot of cricket at Killerton HouseWe will probably meet at The Red Lion in Broadclyst, which is on the left as you head north along the B3181.

From the village of Broadclyst, head north on the B3181 for a couple of miles and turn left before you get to Budlake. Go over the M5 and then take the left into Killerton House. There are brown National Trust signs to help you find the house.

Once you're on the road to the house, keep straight on past the right turn to the National Trust car park). There is a bar in the pavilion.

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