Exe Barnstaple Branch 400

The inaugral Great Western Randonnées’ AAA 400. All aboard to Bishop’s Lydeard Station before traversing the northern coastline of Exmoor. Use the old Barnstaple branch-line and head home via The Blackdown Hills.

Redcliffe, City of Bristol | Sat 9th Apr 2022 @ 04:00


The inaugral Great Western Randonnées’ AAA 400. All aboard to Bishop’s Lydeard Station before traversing the northern coastline of Exmoor. Use the old Barnstaple branch-line and head home via The Blackdown Hills.

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09/04/2022 - 10/04/2022
04:00 - 08:25
Benjamin Perry Scout Hut
Pheonix Wharf
Redcliffe, BS1 6SR
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Total Distance:
AAA: 6.75
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Event Information


A quick exit south from central Bristol over the looming Dundry Hill into the Chew Valley. Hop over The Mendips and descend the glorious Cheddar Gorge to the flats of the Somerset Levels. Pass through Bridgwater and begin the gradual ascent of The Quantocks; before plunging down the other side to Bishop’s Lydeard Station on the West Somerset Railway. Heading into Exmoor and rack up a considerable amount of climbing in a short space along the amazing North Devon coast including: Dunkery Beacon; Porlock Toll Road; Valley of the Rocks. Exiting Ilfracombe use the old Barnstaple branch-line path to once again touch the coast at Croyde before picking up the old railway along the Taw Estuary. From Barnstaple begin the long climb to the top of Exmoor once more then enjoy a respite along the fantastic southern ridge with views across Devon to Dartmoor Drop into the Barle Valley shortly joining the Exe. A smattering of bumps enatils as you make your way across to and then over the Blackdown Hills to Winsham Jubilee Hall where dinner is provided late into the night; will you take a quick nap? The final leg north is easier going to begin as again you edge The Levels passing Glastonbury. Then once more over The Mendips and Dundry to see Bristol as it is probably awakening to the Arrivee!


Dinner included.

Parking available in Bristol, charges may apply.


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Entry £14.00

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