End of the Lines 130

End of the Lines visits four defunct local terminus towns; Calne, Malmesbury, Tetbury and Thornbury. Use some old railways, pass an old engine shed, eat cake at a goods shed, roll across the Cotswolds and into the Severn Valley.

Fishponds, City of Bristol | Sat 16th Sep 2023 @ 08:00

WHEN: +iCal
Sat 16th September 2023
08:00 - 18:48
WHERE:
Fishponds Fish
Bristol & Bath Railway Path, nr Hockeys Ln
Fishponds, BS16
Validation:
BP
End of the Lines 130 1
Award Distance:
100
Total Distance:
135km
Duration:
10h48
Speeds:
12.5-25kph
Climb:
1379m
AAA: 0.00
Rainbow Flat
End of the Lines 130 3Enquiries
BRIEF:

End of the Lines visits four defunct local terminus towns; Calne, Malmesbury, Tetbury and Thornbury. Use some old railways, pass an old engine shed, eat cake at a goods shed, roll across the Cotswolds and into the Severn Valley.

description:

End of the Lines was inspired mainly by two things.

Firstly was the appearance of a funky bridge over the A4 at Black Dog Halt near Calne that I remember happening when I was a kid. This resurrected the Chippenham to Calne GWR branch line as a traffic free shared path which you will get to enjoy.

Secondly The Whistlestop Cafe at the old goods shed in Tetbury as who doesn’t like cake!

There had to be something I could create in that.

Throw in the short GWR branch to Malmesbury with its solitary engine shed and road name as the reminder.

Then Thornbury, at the end of the Midlands Railway Co branch, where very little remains other than a few references to Midland in place names and a short bit of embankment; which you get to enjoy as a metalled cycle path.

Link them all up over the Cotswolds and across the Avon & Severn valleys and you have a nice amble through the countryside; of course there are a few #wills_hills in there for good measure!

Make a weekend of it and do one of the Sunday rides too!

Surface:

The 8km along the Chippenham – Calne branch is unmetalled. It can be stickier in a few places after prolonged rain. There are a couple of looser sections where holes have been filled. In general it is in better condition than some of the roads you may find. Red the Rocket did it on 23c tyres back in April 2021.

Like or loath* it? Let others know.
*Whilst I like to think I can affect the weather alas that is beyond my control...

What others think.

A wild day on Wiltshire!

22nd January 2022

Great ride out into Wiltshire in high winds and rain. Lots of fun, some beautiful lanes and some hills that were a challenge! A good one if like me you’re not a veteran Audax rider but want a taste of longer distance riding.

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Katharine

Amazing stuff

18th April 2021

Thanks to daddy for making this route. It has hills to make it fun and is good for wildlife such as birds of prey. The birds of prey you will find are Red kites, Kestrels, Common buzzards and small chance of Tawny owl in the evening which I did not see. Most of the wildlife was found between Dyrham hill and Tetbury. In Tetbury at the cafe, we stopped and I had some blueberry frangipani cake which was the best cake I have ever had.

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Red


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  • Similarly consider carrying 2 space blankets; they cost nothing, are tiny, and can keep you and an other warm should the unfortunate happen.
EXTRA DETAILS:

Advisory points on the route:

  • @74km | !!Roadworks!! - pedestrian access to side
  • @95km | !!Steep - Narrow Descent!!

For food options on the outward leg their are various establishments on Chippenham High Street @38km.

Route Files:
CSV

CSV route notes - these can be edited in any spreadsheet software.

PDF

PDF route notes - a version with maps is available in linked RWGPS route (no account necessary to use the official PDF - use 'More v') or the event.

GPX

GPX with control waypoints - if re-uploading to an online planner please make private so as not to confuse others in the future - use this tool to split at waypoints and/or simplify.

RWGPS Links:
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Route

RWGPS Route - no account needed but you will lack a few advanced features such as early turn warnings.

See the RWGPS App for my tips to use your phone for navigation and maximising battery life.

Troubleshooting:
  • Can't copy the RWGPS route to your account? I have disabled this so should any changes be necessary there is the one correct version.
  • I do not provide technical services for your device having never used anything other than the RWGPS app.
  • Can't add it to Garmin Connect? It isn't an activity. Transfer it to your Garmin via USB.
  • Can't send to your device? Join the RWGPS event.
EXTRA DETAILS:

Start is at the Fishponds Fish on the Bristol & Bath Railway Path opposite Morrisons. The Coffee van may be there weather dependent.

Finish is at 19 Berwick Rd, Easton, BS5 6NG [Orange Door - 3rd on left]. Tea and coffee provided. I'll try and rustle up some food but I'm struggling to cook at mo as have injured my wrist, hopefully I'll have more movement in it by the weekend.

Parking - unfortunately there is a carboot going on at Morrisons this year so on street parking only. Most residential streets don't have parking restrictions, I'd suggest somewhere between the start and finish such as near Greenbank Cemetery.

Start:

Please arrive at least 10 minutes before the depart time to collect your brevet card.

Fishponds Fish - opens new tab for map.
Bristol & Bath Railway Path, nr Hockeys Ln, Fishponds, City of Bristol, BS16

Access:

  • Bike - It is on the Bristol & Bath Cycle Path
  • Car - M32 J2 - follow signs to Fishponds, at Morrisons traffic lights turn right and it is opposite Morrisons Car Park entrance.
  • Train - Bristol Temple Meads - follow NCN4 becoming Bristol & Bath Railway Path to Fishponds

Parking:
On street near by - Most residential streets in the vicinity don't have parking restrictions. Morrisons Car Park MAY be available - check event specifics.

Food & Drink:
Food & Drinks available.
Depending on the weather the coffee van MAY be present.
Unless specified otherwise above.

Accommodation:
YHA is located in central Bristol about 20min cycle using Bristol & Bath Railway Path. For local accommodation see here.

Finish:

HQ - opens new tab for map & a few details.

Route Controls:

  • @0km | DEPART: FISHPONDS FISH | 08:00
  • @47km | INFO: CALNE - see brevet or take a photo
  • @80km | CONTROL: TETBURY - Goods Shed & The Whistlestop Cafe - collect receipt | 11:12-14:24
  • @136km | ARRIVEE: EASTON - 19 Berwick Rd | 13:27-18:53

This is what 'audax' is all about. Travelling between controls to collect proof of passage (PoP) to prove you have cycled the distance. The above controls are found in your brevet card, the route notes, as POIs with the route, and waypoints with the GPX. Your brevet card it to be filled out as you progress around the route. PoP is obtained in several ways. It is highly recommended you carry a pen or pencil to fill your brevet card as you go; if it is a long event numbering any receipts to correspond with the control number will save you time later, then keeping them in order is next level!

Types of control:
  • CONTROL - a place or venue where you obtain PoP which can be done in several ways. You will be able to get food and/or drink, also WC will be available.
    • Manned - a volunteer or venue member of staff will stamp your card providing PoP. All controls are thus unless specified as...
    • Free - you must obtain PoP from that place that has a time and date, usually a receipt from a cafe, shop or ATM.
  • INFO - a question found in your brevet card that is relevent to the location needs to be answered and recorded.
  • CHECKPOINT - similar to a control but there may not be any facilities present.
  • SECRET - now that would be telling wouldn't it!
USING YOUR PHONE & RWGPS APP:

I use the RWGPS app on my phone to navigate audax events by using spoken cues, I also use it to route check and proof my route notes. This IMHO is the best of all worlds. I don't need to look at a screen (but I can check if I want), I get clear directions when needed (you may need to get used to my shorthand which gets spoken as such), I get a warning if I'm off route, the battery lasts a lot longer than constantly using the screen; especially nowadays as phone batteries are getting bigger plus many are able to rapid charge in a short amount of time. All you need is a good case and mount for inclement weather.

  • Install the app.
  • Join the event.
  • Go to the route.
  • Send to device.
  • Open app and confirm download.
  • In settings (exact location varies depending on iOS or Android) to optomise for best battery use:
    • Logging - adjust interval: every 10s is best for the battery, logs your ride but won't get you any KOMs; every 1s uses 10x more battery power to write data but may get you a KOM if you pedal quick.
    • Navigation - Spoken alerts ON | Off-course alerts ON | others at your discretion.
    • Handlebar mode ENABLED - this will keep RWGPS above any screen lock so you can recall it if needed by pressing power button or similar.
    • Handlebar mode - Screen OFF for cues | Proximity Wake OFF (otherwise changes in light will turn the screen on) | Keep screen on NEVER.
    • Offline mode ENABLED - when you start riding.
  • Better still use flight/aeroplane mode whilst riding.
  • You can adjust the text-speech settings via your phone settings; the type of voice, playback speed etc.

Most of the battery drain on a phone is from the screen. By using voice commands you eliminate this but can still view the map if needs be. The second biggest drain whilst cycling is the phone itself searching for a signal as you move between cell towers; putting the phone into flight/aeroplane mode whilst moving solves this problem; you can easily turn data back on to #tag that #CAKE at the next stop!

ANDROID:

Make sure battery optimisation is turned off otherwise Android will recognise RWGPS as an excessive battery drain and can limit its functionality. This will be particularily evident if you stop for a bit without GPS signal then continue; the app will appear to be functioning correctly but Android will limit it and data can be lost from the stop point until the app is restarted. There may be a similar feature in iOS.

  • Settings >Apps.
  • Find RWGPS and expand Advanced >Battery.
  • If it says optomised then select and wait for all apps to load.
  • Make sure the apps displayed are 'All apps', find RWGPS and select.
  • Select 'Don't optimise'. Exit settings.

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  • You have no symptoms relating to COVID-19.
  • That you are not self-isolating.
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  • That no local or other regulations prohibit you from attending this event.
  • You agree that if you develop any such symptoms before the event you will not attend.
  • You agree that if I develop any such symptoms immediately after the event I shall inform the organiser.

Please follow any wishes of private establishments en route. I highly recommend carrying a mask/buff/scarf etc for the simple act of covering your face if needed when indoors. Any specifics requested by controls will be noted in the control tab.

Audax UK's current policy can be found here.

GWRaudax | End of the Lines 130 | BP
End of the Lines 130 75

135 km⇉ & 1379 m⇈ | End of the Lines visits four defunct local terminus towns; Calne, Malmesbury, Tetbury and Thornbury. Use some old railways, pass an old engine shed, eat cake at a goods shed, roll across the Cotswolds and into the Severn Valley.

Event Type: SportsEvent

Event Attendance Mode: OfflineEventAttendanceMode

Event Status: EventScheduled

Performer: Person

Performer Name: Great Western Randonnées

Performer URL: https://www.facebook.com/GWRaudax

Start Date: 2023-09-16 08:00

End Date: 2023-09-16 18:48

Ticket URL: https://www.pedalution.co.uk/events/end-of-the-lines-130/

Entry Price: 7.00

Currency: GBP

Availability: InStock

Availability Starts: 2023-09-16T08:00:00

Editor's Rating:
4.5