Heading east you make your way to Lacock Bakery & Abbey. Turn north passing the site of Stanley Abbey & the old Calne branchline before Malmesbury Abbey. Follow some minor roads back to Bristol across The Cotswolds.
WHEN: +iCalSat 11th December 2021 08:30 - 16:44
WHERE:Gary Harris Cycles Common Mead Ln Hambrook [nr Frenchay], BS16 1QQ
Starting at Gary Harris Cycles you climb up onto The Cotswolds at Hinton making your way east to Lacock to enjoy savouries and cakes from Lacock Bakery. Passing the abbey you head up Bowden Hill to Derry Hill. Descending you will pass the site of Stanley Abbey long since raised to the ground, and also the dismantled Calne branchline, before heading north to Malmesbury passing its abbey. Heading back west through quaint villages and using a bit of The Fosse Way you make your way back to the Arrivée.
Starting from Gary Harris Cycles which will be open from 06:30 with track pumps and any other bike related sundries available. There will be refreshments available from the Starbucks on site. Please use the toilets considerately! Car park is open from about 06:00 and will remain open till 20:00. If you think you’ll be late back find on street parking within Frenchay. Finishing at The White Lion, Frenchay; about a mile from the start.
Type & Validation
- The route is advisory - you just have to visit the controls and gain proof of passage within time limits where specified; there may be parts that you'd like to take a different route and that is entirely up to you; the time limits for the controls don't change!
- Validation: Instant - you get to take your validated brevet card home straight away at the end of the event.
What others think.
Plenty of parking available at the start. An excellent and interesting winter ride, the bakery at Leycock has an excellent choice of savories and cakes with an “outhouse” seating area complete with fire.
The views from Bowden hill are worth taking a moment to enjoy. Malmesbury has a good choice of cafes or try Hobbs house bakery and a picnic in the market cross. Easy run back to the finish at the White Lion which serves an excellent pint of IPA.