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

BRIEF:

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.

WHEN: +iCal
Sat 9th April 2022
04:00 - 08:25
Sun 10th April 2022
WHERE:
Benjamin Perry Scout Hut
Pheonix Wharf
Redcliffe, BS1 6SR
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Validation:
BR
Award Distance:
400
Total Distance:
407km
Speeds:
14.3-30kph
AAA: 6.75
Apex Grimpeur
Climb:
6698m

Reviews

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Brutal and wonderful

Rated 5 out of 5
15th April 2022

This was my first 400 and I suppose I could not have picked a harder one. Incredible route, combined with great dry weather but brutal temperatures over night.. The guys at the last checkpoint were life savers, so although I missed my qualifying time by 35 mins there is no way I would have completed it without their support…Will I do it again, not sure, but I know I can’t do the 600…

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Gideon

Fabulous but brutal

Rated 5 out of 5
10th April 2022

Even without the sub-zero night temperatures, the Exe Barnstaple Branch is easily the hardest 400 I’ve done. But also the best 400 route: fabulous scenery & views (mostly accessible only by brutal climbs), the Exe railway path (which gives the event its name) is stunning, two great cafe controls early on, Winsham a perfect final night control. The 4am start time works really well with sunrise over the Somerset Levels, and the best views all seen in daylight. Expect a full-value ride in more ways than one! Thanks and well done Will and helpers Chris H & Jeremy at Winsham.

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