Salisbury Plain, steam trains, & neolithic Avebury, Woodhenge & Stonehenge. A few #wills_hills at the end for good measure! NEW route for a quieter finish.
WHEN: +iCalSat 12th June 2021 07:00 - 21:04
WHERE:Warmley Station Bristol And Bath Railway Path Warmley, BS30 5JB
Departing from Warmley you’ll head east scaling the Cotswold escarpment for a gentle cruise through Malmesbury to the Whistlestop Cafe [tbc] at Blunsdon Station; watch out for the trains! Then south through Avebury’s earthern works and stone circle, over the Pewsey Downs for stunning views across the Vale and down Wiltshire’s Avon valley. Turning west onto Salisbury Plain you’ll visit the lesser known neolithic site of Woodhenge first before using a 1km section of byway to approach Stonehenge giving you amazing views; you can get quite close to the stones here without paying to take in their time defying presence. Having made your way between tumulii using the closed main road you then continue across the Plain; time to form some trains if there is a headwind! Into the wonderful Wylye Valley you go and Ginny’s Cafe at The Ginger Piggery. On to Somerset and pass Cranmore Station where you have the option to stop within normal opening hours. Save a bit for the final section heading north as you’ll have a few #wills_hills in succession.
Caution: The 1km byway approaching Stonehenge is a firm surface, it has some large embedded flints to begin and potholes to end but just go slow and enjoy the scenery. It was easily navigated in March on 25mm tyres.
The start is easily accessible from Bristol on bike via the Railway Path. There is a small free car park with height barrier. All being good Warmley Waiting Room will be open early especially. Public toilets should be open from 06:30. The finish will be about a mile away at The Hollybush Inn serving food all afternoon for cyclists.
FOOD: I’m finalising details with the first control at The Whistlestop Cafe as they have only just reopened. Ginny’s Cafe at Boyton is raring to go. A prepay system for both may be used and you will be updated closer to the time.
Type & Validation
- The route is advisory - you just have to visit the controls and gain proof of passage within time limits where specified; there may be parts that you'd like to take a different route and that is entirely up to you; the time limits for the controls don't change!
- Validation: Instant - you get to take your validated brevet card home straight away at the end of the event.
What others think.
Scenic Route with some Will's Hills to Finish
Lovely weather and lovely people made this an excellent if not hot ride.
The views of Stone Henge are lovely as you bypass the tourists.
A few cheeky Will’s Hill’s on the return make sure that the cold drinks at the finish pub garden tasted sweeter.
Well Educated! 🙄
Great route with varied scenery and distant views.
I’d not heard of Wood Henge.
Bristol Cycle Route a lovely way to finish.