With Tour of Britain fever gripping North Devon, Appledore RNLI volunteers are about to set off on their own version on Saturday (September 1) – the Tour de Yellow Welly.

Appledore RNLI volunteers will be setting on the Tour de Yellow Welly this Saturday, September 1. Picture: Snapdragon PhotographyAppledore RNLI volunteers will be setting on the Tour de Yellow Welly this Saturday, September 1. Picture: Snapdragon Photography

Around a dozen crew and friends are going to cycle from Appledore to Minehead lifeboat stations and back across Exmoor in the same day – around 110 miles.

They have to raise at least £5,000 and have set up an online JustGiving page for donations.

Organiser Richard Withey said: “It costs more than £5,000 to kit out each crew member with all-weather and inshore lifeboat crew protection gear and provide their initial first year training.

“We would like to raise enough money to pay for at least one more new crew member to join, train and go on with the RNLI tradition of saving lives at sea.”

Tour de Yellow Welly organiser Richard Withey. Picture: Snapdragon PhotographyTour de Yellow Welly organiser Richard Withey. Picture: Snapdragon Photography

The group have been training hard since March in between their days jobs and work as an RNLI volunteer.

They leave Appledore at 7.30 am and will cycle through Barnstaple, Blackmore Gate, Lynmouth, Countisbury Hill, and Porlock to arrive at Minehead around midday.

The route back includes Dunster, Widdon Cross, Exford, Simonsbath, Bratton Fleming and Barnstaple

If you would like to donate, please go to https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/tourdeyellowwelly .

Appledore RNLI volunteers will be setting on the Tour de Yellow Welly this Saturday, September 1. Picture: Snapdragon PhotographyAppledore RNLI volunteers will be setting on the Tour de Yellow Welly this Saturday, September 1. Picture: Snapdragon Photography