George’s Delightful Abbeys & Roads 200

Passing three abbeys in various states, crossing the old Calne branchline and on to Gloucester crossing the Severn. Follow roads around the Forest of Dean and back across the bridge.

Hambrook [nr Frenchay], City of Bristol | Sat 11th Dec 2021 @ 07:00

BRIEF:

Passing three abbeys in various states, crossing the old Calne branchline and on to Gloucester crossing the Severn. Follow roads around the Forest of Dean and back across the bridge.

WHEN: +iCal
11/12/2021
07:00 - 20:44
WHERE:
Gary Harris Cycles
Common Mead Ln
Hambrook [nr Frenchay], BS16 1QQ
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Type:
BR
Points Distance:
200
Total Distance:
206km
Speeds:
15-30kph
AAA: 0.00
Rainbow Flat
Climb:
2500m
Duration:
589h05
Entry closes:
tbc
Entry:
tbc
Route:

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Event Information

description:

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 through Malmesbury passing its abbey. Slowly climb quite roads to The Cotswolds Edge through Minchinhampton. Drop straight down into Stroud and up and over to Gloucester passing across its docks and on to Taynton & Tibberton Hall to enjoy the spread laid on by the local WI; all included in the entry fee. Carrying on you cross the Wye with the Forest of Dean to your left and use the old road to Monmouth. On the descent you will have to join the A40 dual carriageway for 3km but being downhill it is over quick; but please take care on this section! Continue west before the homeward stretch south up George’s Delight and over to Chepstow and The Severn Bridge. Just before the end there is the infamous Fernhill, infamous as for many Bristolian riders it is that last niggle you get coming back from usually an even nigglier ride over the border in Wales.

details:

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.