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.
WHEN: +iCalSat 11th March 2023 07:00 - 20:30
WHERE:Whitehall Garden Centre Norton Ln Whitchurch, BS14 0BT
Route notes and a variety of navigation files will be available usually the Monday before the event. 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.
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.
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.
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: Not Instant - brevet cards need to be returned to AUK to be validated; I will post them on to you if you select brevet card return postage.
What others think.
Great route - very challenging
Its a great route with some really challenging climbs, the last 25k or so is quite savage when you have over 100 miles in your legs. Well organised. Will has a great team around him.
Response from Pedalution
Audax Club Bristol is the best!
Any turn has the potential to be a 20%+ climb...
An ace route with the (many) climbs and controls really well spaced.
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- Additional measures may need to be undertaken for a successful event and for future ones to take place including but not limited to: staggered starts; small groups; postal finish.