Ride through the night under a waning gibbous moon to the coast. Return via a few Dorset hills passing Glastonbury Tor, use the Strawberry Line to Bristol
WHEN:15/11/2019 - 16/11/2019 22:00 - 18:32
WHERE:Business as Usual
Lawrence Hill, BS5 9LT
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Head out through Bath on easily navigated roads to Devizes, passing The Crammer where legend has it Wiltshire folk were caught by the Excisemen raking for ‘the moon’. Continue down the Avon Valley through Salisbury and edging The New Forest, along the coast and around Poole Harbour, watching out for luxury Sunseekers this time! Pass through the chocolate box village of Milton Abbas and past the Abbey in the Dorset Hills and on. Into Somerset passing Glastonbury Tor and across The Levels to Axbridge. Then use The Strawberry Line railway path through the end of The Mendips passing orchards to stop at The Strawberry Line Cafe before returning to Bristol.
Included in the entry is breakfast + trimmings at Lilliput Sea Scout hut on Poole Harbour & snacks at the Arrivée.
Due to the success of the 2019 event entries will close early when capacity reached.
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What others think.
I took the train over from Paddington for this ride, and really enjoyed it.
It was well organised and the route is excellent, the riding over night was worth it for the trip back from Poole to Bristol.
Milton Abbas was certainly the hi-light for me, followed by the Somerset Levels. The variety of landscapes is exceptional, but the Strawberry Line on paper looks great, however the reality is somewhat chaotic!
A good all nighter for first timers. I’ve ridden this one twice.. It’s got some lovely bits.. super straight fast bit after Salisbury, after breakfast hills though Dorset. Bournemouth seafront just before dawn is my favourite bit.
Really well looked after at the breakfast control at Poole (thanks!). Strawberry line can be a bit messy if wet, watch out for walkers.. but it’s a hoot at speed 🙂
For the second edition Will adjusted the route for the better on the return into Bristol to avoid the busy a370 and the city centre.
I’ll keep coming back for Will’s rides..