Granny’s Cotswolds Telegram 160

BRIEF:

Remember your granny, you are going to need it! An outing into the Cotswolds; big hills, little hills and more #wills_hills with chocolate box villages interspersed. You may use my name in vain.

WHEN:
31/05/2020
07:45 - 20:52
WHERE:
White Hart Inn
Iron Acton, BS37 9UG
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Route:

Extensive route notes and a variety of files will be distributed to entrants via email a week or two before the event. In the mean time use the interactive map for an overview of what lies ahead (subject to change); toggle the elevation & grade on/off by clicking the key. *Please note plugin's 'grade' is experimental so take it with a pinch of salt, especially where rocky outcrops may be present.

Type:
BP
Points Distance:
150
Total Distance:
165km
Speeds:
12.5-25kph
AAA: 2.25
Silver Grimpeur
Climb:
2250m
Time:
11h07
Entry closes:
27/05/20
Entry (min):
£6.50

description:

An Imperial Century Grimpeur showcasing the Cotswolds. Starting from Iron Acton, North Bristol you’ll make a beeline to Wootton-under-Edge where the fun begins! Dropping down into old mill towns and climbing back out again you make your way north to Cheltenham and The Flag and Whistle at Toddington Station. Turn and climb up again into the Cotswolds to Northleach; here a BBQ awaits in aid of the local swimming club. Then cruise (well almost) through picturesque countryside and villages before entering the valleys and mill towns again for a visit to Dursley Heritage Centre. Hold onto your hats and engage low gear for the final steep one before a quick return and some pub grub.

details:

Parking available, please use the local roads before filling the pub car park.

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Slaughtered in the Cotswolds. (2017)

5.0 rating
2nd February 2020

The name gives a good indication of the intent, as does the inclusion of a 20% climb around the 175 km mark (Simon Warren: 6/10, ‘this vicious little road’) — but that’s not the whole story. The name also refers to Upper and Lower Slaugther, two small villages in the Cotswolds, and this is a route of many chocolate-box villages and towns. In fact, on a sunny day, this would probably be one of the prettiest routes I have ridden. The climbs have views, looking out over counties. The descents have their villages, with their anchoring churches. The roads are generally decently surfaced, though there are some small, muddy and leafy lanes, with cambers and corners. The cafe at the steam railway station in Toddington was, on a Saturday, full to bursting with cyclists. Very well organized.

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