Cycling - 2015 Rides
10th December Berkeley
The ride today was cancelled due to the rain, but we carried on with our Christmas Lunch! A good time was had by all and we managed to plan a ride for each scheduled date next year ... See the Upcoming Rides tab.
26th November Easter Compton, Severn Beach, Littleton-upon-Severn, Hill
Today's ride started from Thornbury, via Tockington and Almondsbury to pick up extra riders, and on to Easter Compton for coffee. The Dinky Deli is getting very popular, but they served all 10 of us remarkably quickly.
We cycled down NCN 4 to Severn Beach ... a route most of us hadn't taken before ... and although it offers fine views of the warehouses and derelict land, it is an interesting change and is wooded in places and off-road.
We headed to Littleton-upon-Severn via Northwick, Ingst and Olveston for a good lunch at the White Hart. A loop via Oldbury and Hill took us back to Thornbury and completed a 30 mile varied ride.
12th November Didmarton, Tetbury, Sherston
We had 9 cyclists today including 3 new members, 2 x Peters and a Sue. All enjoyed the trip. Coffee in Tetbury at the Blue Succhini followed by an excellent lunch at The Angel in Sherston. Weather was OK to start, a short spell of drizzle and an increasing SW wind which made for a more difficult return to Didmarton. Certainly worth repeating (without the muddy “short cut” around Malmesbury!). 33 miles.
22nd October Portishead via Kings Weston
Today we cycled to Portishead and managed a bit of variety in the route compared to a simple there and back. Four of us started from Thornbury, we picked up Tony and Bill in Tockington and then Moira in Almondsbury (so seven in total). Off towards Hallen then up to the Blaise Castle Estate and coffee at Kings Weston House.
From there it's remarkably quick down to the Avon bridge entrance. For a change we cycled though Pill and Portbury following NCN 410 and across the M5 via the pedestrian bridge towards Portishead. We turned into the nature path and round to the marina, through the marina and up Nore Road to the Windmill for lunch. It's a nice pub with great views, very popular at lunch time with the locals of a certain (our) age. You definitely need to book a table.
We returned back through the marina and stuck to the coastal path which took us back out on Wharf Lane (worth remembering next time you cycle to Portishead ... you can turn into it and easily get round to the Marina ... apart from a tricky stile)
We turned into the lane round the car storage areas, across the bridge and back on NCN 410 via Lawrence Weston and Cabot Park. I think we can call ourselves experts on this part of the route now. We were even tempted by a cup of tea in the Dinky Deli in Easter Compton ... a very leisurely and pleasant day (and 47 miles for the Thornbury starters)
8th October Tour de Severn Vale
As several members were unavailable we changed our intended ride from Upton on Severn (which we will now do in 2016) to a local ride. It was a cold but sunny morning as 5 of us, Barbara, Les, Lloyd, Ken and Chris left Thornbury. We cycled via The Hackett to the A38 where we met Moira and journeyed on via the lanes passing through Cromhall to the Farmers' Table at Tortworth for coffee. Suitably refreshed we made our way via Damery, Lower Wick to Stinchcombe and then on to Upper Cam where we headed for the cycle path into Lower Cam pausing to admire the stunning view over the River Severn towards the Malverns. We soon cycled the downhill through Cam and then along the main road, over the motorway to the roundabout, where turning right we then had a short stretch of the A38 to reach The George at Cambridge for lunch. An excellent menu gave the choice along with other delights of a two course meal for £7.50! After a pleasant break in the pub garden, where we were met by Mike, we set off for home via Slimbridge and Moorend Lane for Berkeley where some were tempted to stop for afternoon tea. We arrived back in Thornbury after a very enjoyable ride of 31 miles.
24th September Wickwar, Inglestone and Sodbury Commons, Chipping Sodbury and Pucklechurch
The weather started fine, but turned chillier and blustery around midday, but we had a thoroughly enjoyable ride led by Alan. We started at Thornbury and met Moira in Tytherington. There was much discussion about the fact that we met at the wrong place, however, since Moira was waiting on our route at the agreed time, all was well. The sun shone as we cycled across the common and Coffee No1 in Chipping Sodbury provided the usual friendly welcome.
The route round to Pucklechurch was new to most of us and allowed us to discover yet another unexplored part of deepest South Glos. Hamish was waiting to meet us at the cross roads in the village and we entered the warmth of the Rose & Crown for a tasty lunch. We decided two people could have shared the portions, but most got finished. After lunch we descended Coxgrove Hill with some fine views, and joined NCN 410 (which leads to the Bristol-Bath cycle path) to return via Coalpit Heath, Frampton Cotterell and Gaunt's Earthcott. An interesting 31 mile round trip.
10th September Easter Compton, Avonmouth and Bristol Docks
Tony led us on an interesting days cycling. Some of us started from Rock Street, then we met up at Tockington and then Easter Compton. That way we could pick and choose the distance for the day. Coffee was at the new "Cycling" cafe in Easter Compton ... they have done a nice job there. Then towards Avonmouth and down the cycle path along the side of the Portway. We had lunch at the Olive Shed overlooking the harbour in glorious sunshine. The tapas were topped up with chips (for the carbs of course).
We returned along the cycle path on the south side of the river, very pleasant, pausing at Pill. Then across the Avonmouth bridge and back home.
27th August Tewkesbury, Beckford and Pershore
Group Despite a huge downpour as we drove from Thornbury, the rain kept off during today's ride and the seven of us enjoyed the mostly flat lanes of the Cotswolds in a circular route from Tewkesbury via Pershore. We parked in the long stay car park just north of the Abbey (£4 for the day) and headed east. Coffee was at Beckford Silk Bistro, a ranch style building approached via a gravel path and with greek style frescoes(!). Frequented by locals and serving good coffee and cakes, worth a re-visit any time.
GroupThe roads were flat and the views fine as we cycled towards lunch via Ashton under Hill, Elmley Castle and the attractive town of Pershore with its striking Norman Abbey. Lunch at The Masons Arms in Wadborough was very pleasant. See photo as we left.
Overall, Chris did a great job in selecting a 37 mile route that was only slightly marred by the 800m off-road section which led us through a narrow muddy path surrounded by high weeds. The fact that three of us each got stuck in the mud and fell off our bikes into the nettles only added to the fun of the day.
We paused at Hill Coome to admire the 14th century church and Glebe House across the road. See http://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/worcs/vol3/pp319-322 (thanks Tony).
All in all, a fine day's cycling. Thanks again Chris.
(P.S. if you are thinking of joining the group, please note we do not normally fall off our bikes)
13th August Thornbury, Wickwar and Wotton
Chris had planned a ride from Tewkesbury, but the weather forecast wasn't good so we decided to go on a local ride. Chris came up with an interesting route at short notice. Coffee was at Wickwar, then we cycled to Horton, Hillesley and to Wotton-Under-Edge for lunch at the Royal Oak. Return was via Berkeley.
23rd July Thornbury, Chepstow, Shirenewton, Wentwood, Llanfair Discoed, Caerwent
Tony led us on this classic ride. Over the Severn Bridge for coffee at the Chepstow Garden Center, then the gradual incline to Wentwood and the marvelous descent past the reservoir to Llanfair Discoed and the Woodlands Tavern for lunch.