Wells, Mells & Broader! 200
2022

Go broader afield for some more #wills_hills. A cathedral city, Stourhead Gardens, broad gauge transfer shed and an old rail trail are a few of the delights.

Whitchurch, City of Bristol | Sat 12th Feb 2022 @ 07:00

WHEN: +iCal
Sat 12th February 2022
07:00 - 20:28
WHERE:
Whitehall Garden Centre
Norton Ln
Whitchurch, BS14 0BT
Wells, Mells & Broader! 200 1 Validation:
BR
Award:
200
Total:
202km
Duration:
13h28
Speeds:
15-30kph
Climb:
2784m
AAA: 2.75
Bronze Grimpeur
BRIEF:
Rated 4.9 out of 5

Go broader afield for some more #wills_hills. A cathedral city, Stourhead Gardens, broad gauge transfer shed and an old rail trail are a few of the delights.

description:

Heading out past Chew Valley Lake and over The Mendips to the cathedral city of Wells you can grab a quick coffee or more from the market. Continuing on round the Bishop’s Palace you make your way through Bruton to tackle the climb upto King Alfred’s Tower. Now you go broader than the original …old rail trail 100 passing Stourhead Gardens and Bristol High Cross before an undulating passage to the broad gauge transfer shed at Yeovil Railway Centre. Climb Batcombe Hill for views north across Blackmoor Vale before descending back to the vale floor and some easy runnings slowly climbing to Kilmington. The final stretch includes a castle, Mells then the Colliers Way railway path into the old mining town of Radstock all with a few more #wills_hills before arriving back at Whitehall Garden Centre.

Unfortunately due to the ongoing circumstances the pub stop at Kilmington is looking doubtful. The route will instead go through Mere where there are shops, cafes and pubs.

details:

Parking at Whitehall Garden Centre. Only toilets available in the morning, outdoor cafe in the afternoon. Easily located by car from A37 or bike from Bristol Centre via the Whitchurch Way.

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*Whilst I like to think I can affect the weather alas that is beyond my control...

What others think.

Blew out the cobwebs!

Rated 5.0 out of 5
3rd February 2020

Brutal and lovely at the same time!

The ride into Wells is very enjoyable and then across to Bruton to snake up the climb to Alfred’s Tower (its a straight road, but snaking might be advisory!)

The old railway line into Radstock is a delightful relief before the last push back to the start.

All the controls are well appointed with plenty of re-fuelling options.

Very enjoyable all in.

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Mark

Wells, Mells and Broader

Rated 5.0 out of 5
1st February 2020

My first PBP qualifier, so had to complete in time.

I didn’t use a Garmin and used the very detailed route sheet instead. Very well thought out route and quite a challenge so early in the season. Finished with time to spare… just!

Will do again if personal timetable permits.

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Nigel

Wills hills aplenty.

Rated 5.0 out of 5
1st February 2020

Excellent choice of start, plenty of parking and refreshments in the cafe. A picturesque ride with “interesting” climbs, the one up to Alfred’s tower just keeps giving! First stop in Wells market place, with lots of stalls selling local produce. The Red Lion does an “Audax special” express menu of jacket potatoes with various filling, the chilli is excellent. Colliers way railway path is always a pleasant respite from the hills, of which there are more to test the legs before arriving back at the garden centre.

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Ken

My first audax

Rated 5.0 out of 5
1st February 2020

I completed this as my first 200km Audax in 2019.

Although the day started off cold and wet it quickly brightened up when we descended into Wells. Wells market was a great first stop with plenty of hot drinks and cake to stock up on before heading south to Stourhead and the delightful Alfred’s tower climb.

The halfway point at Yeovil Railway Centre was a welcome sight and the light lunch went down quickly. The next few miles were spent wondering what Batcombe climb would behold for us……. we were not disappointed!

The pub at Kilmington was well needed, a half and a couple of packets of crisps later and we had a slow crawl back to Whitchurch (and a slow walk up the last hill).

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Chris

Multiple years, 2017 onwards

Rated 5.0 out of 5
1st February 2020

Right up there in my favorites list. Every control is well chosen, particularly like the one in Wells as it coincides with market day.Really good sights start to finish with some tasty hills 🙂 A very good day out.

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Richard


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Whitehall Garden Centre - opens new tab for map.
Norton Ln, Whitchurch, City of Bristol, BS14 0BT

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  • Bike - Whitchurch Way from Arnos Vale area.
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