Cycling - 2017 Rides

24th August: Bristol Docks via Kings Weston House
We completed the ride last Thursday without mishap, apart from Phil getting a slow puncture and having the turn back after the coffee break. We decided to eat at the SS Great Britain cafe and everyone had something they wanted while sitting in the sun on the waterfront.
At Kings Weston House we chatted to a man carving intricate patterns into what looked like a totem pole. He called it a 'doggy pole' as he was intending to cover the whole thing in carvings of the many dogs that exercise there. It was going to take him a month at least!

15th August (Afternoon): Berkeley
Nine of us had a great time in fabulous weather. We cycled to Berkeley where we had tea, and the back via Oldbury

1st August (Afternoon): Tytherington, Cromhall, Tortworth
The route was ... up the Grovesend Road, Itchington, Tytherington, Cromhall, Tortworth for Tea at the Farmers Table. Return via Lower Stone and Rockhampton. 17 miles and a little bit hilly but the rain kept off and a very nice ride.

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27th July: Chipping Sodbury, Badminton, Hawkesbury Upton
Today's ride was a enjoyable 35 mile loop starting from Thornbury. The back lanes took us to Chipping Sodbury for coffee at the Hamptons, then via Tormarton, Badminton to Hawkesbury Upton for lunch at the Beaufort Arms. We had good nosh and fast service. The return was mostly downhill. There was some rain, but plenty of sunshine (much better that the days either side). Thanks to Les & Barbara for leading.

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4th July (Afternoon): Rangeworthy, Wickwar
Despite the morning's heavy, thundery showers, 6 of us enjoyed beautiful sunshine on a ride that took us through Tytherington and Rangeworthy to Wickwar. After tea and cake in the café, we returned to Thornbury via Cowship Lane (where Ken managed to get a puncture), Cromhall and over Baden Hill to Milbury Heath and home. Seventeen miles or so - a little less than the advertised 20. It was pretty flat except for the inevitable climb in and out of Thornbury.

22nd June: Bitton and Bath (Two Tunnels Ride)
We met up at Bitton Station to set off towards Bath on the cycle path. It was actually a bit chilly to start with ... a welcome change from the 32 degrees of yesterday. Take a right as you get to Bath and the route takes you through the "Two Tunnels". The second one is about a mile long and is the one that plays you music as you pass through. Both are quite well lit, but lights on the bike a useful extra. We had lunch at the Angel Fish cafe on the canal (good food, good service, good company, nice sunshine) and returned along the canal towpath. The route through Bath centre is quite straightforward (especially if you have done it before), and the return along the cycle path to Bitton very pleasant. A few hardy members cycled from Thornbury, but the ride from Bitton was about 23 miles.

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25th May: Tortworth, Stinchcombe, Cam, Slimbridge, Oldbury
It was a gloriously sunny day for a ride. We set off to Tortworth then Cam via Stinchcombe and round to Slimbridge for lunch at the Tudor Arms. Good food was served quickly as usual. While we were enjoying lunch one of the tall ships passed along to canal heading for the Tall Ships Festival at Gloucester.
(It was the Johanna Lucretia, see photo)Johanna Lucretia Sunny Ride
A slight headwind kept us cooler on the way to Oldbury where we sat for a spot of tea.
Lovely day to be cycling. Thanks to Alan for leading the ride.

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11th May: Chipping Sodbury, Grittleton, Sherston
We took the back lanes via Yate Rocks to Chipping Sodbury and enjoyed our coffee outside Coffee No1.
Across the High Street to pick up the back way to Doddington, then up the hill to Doddington Ash and the A46 junction. Through Tormarton village and quiet country lanes to Sherston via Acton Turville, Littleton Drew and Grittleton. The Angel for lunch in the courtyard and return to Thornbury via Hawkesbury Upton. About 45 miles and only moderate upward slopes. A lovely ride led by Ken in the sunshine.

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2nd May (Afternoon): Tockington, Elberton, Littleton
Nine of us left Tockington Green on a beautiful May afternoon with wild flowers in the hedgerows, the birds a-tweetering and butterflies flapping away in the sunshine. We rode along Hardy Lane to pick up Heather at The Plough before skirting Pilning on back roads through Ingst. We rode towards Olveston but turned left just short of the village, through Elberton to arrive by a circuitous route at the White Hart in Littleton-on-Severn. At first the pub was closed, but after a short while it re-opened and we all partook of refreshment; some hot and some cold! Those who had cycled from Thornbury took off for home, whilst three of us retraced our route to Olveston, rode through the village before riding up Catherine's Hill and going our separate ways to Pilning, Tockington and Almondsbury . A very enjoyable ride of around 16 miles.

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27th April: Portishead
Gentle ride , few hills, mostly country lanes , 2 short sections of busy road.
Meet 10.00 Almondsbury village outside the church opposite the village shop. (9:15 The Chantry if starting from Thornbury)
Coffee in Kingsweston house about 11am.
Lunch in Portishead 12.45ish . Wetherspoons in Harbour rd. to save going up any steep hills .
Route thro Hallen, Henbury,Shirehampton,over Avonmouth bridge, Pill, Portbury, Sheepway, Portishead.
Return trip thro car parks, over bridge, Lawrence Weston, Hallen, Easter Compton.

A bit chilly at times, but the rain kept off and we had a very good ride. It was also very interesting to explore the new housing estate near the Marina in Portishead!

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18th April (Afternoon)
Starting from the Chantry at 2:00 pm via Kington, Oldbury Naite and Hill to Ham. Then turning back to Lower Stone and via Moorslade Lane to Falfield. Tea/coffee stop at the Huntsman (stronger options available but sadly no cake). There was a brisk N wind which gave us a few hard stretches towards Berkeley, but we kept up a good pace overall.

13th April. Damery, Cam, Frampton
We had a good ride today, with the weather cool but good for cycling. 12 of us cycled from Thornbury with Rob joining us at Milbury Heath. The first stop (of many) was at the Farmer’s Table for coffee and a cake. Anne and Moira went back from there. The remaining 11 took a gently undulating route through Damery, Lower Wick and Stinchcombe, past Cam & Dursley railway station round to Cambridge, then down to the Gloucester Sharpness canal and along the towpath to Frampton. We had an excellent lunch at Mrs Massey’s Delicious Diner and only tore ourselves away from there with the greatest reluctance. The afternoon route took us back along the canal and through Slimbridge, Halmore and Wanswell for an afternoon cup of tea at Perfect Blend in Berkeley. We finished a most pleasant day out via Ham, Hill, Rockhampton and back to Thornbury.

4th April (Afternoon) Hill, Sheperdine, Oldbury
Rockhampton, Hill and Sheperdine. Coffee stop in Oldbury community shop, then back to Thornbury. About 13 miles.

23rd March, Tetbury, Castle Combe
Leave the town to pass through Shepton Moyne and Grittleston before stopping for coffee after some 13 miles at The Bell in Yatton Keynell. We will then continue the long but extremely scenic way to Castle Combe by which time we will have covered some 20 miles. Lunch will be sought at The Castle Inn at around 12:30 - 1. The bad news is that there is a kind of hill climb out of the town before meandering along country lanes through Acton Turville, Sherston etc arriving back in Tetbury where tea and cake is possible at The Blue Zucchini for those that want. Round trip is 38 miles with 2 hills and 2 descents of note.

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9th March Berkeley, Frampton, Epney, Cam
Here is Ken's ride plan. Some followed the full route, but many took different sub-routes depending on the distance they wanted to cycle. We all met for a good lunch at The Anchor. Many thanks to Ken for leading a great ride and providing lovely weather ...

Proceed via Castle St, Kington Lane to pick up the J&GC route at the junction with Kington Road. We'll be taking the back way along the Naite & through Hill to an early coffee stop at The Perfect Blend, Berkeley (10miles). Lunch at The Anchor Inn, Epney for 12.15/12.30 (24 miles). The long mid-section goes north to Quedgeley before turning east over the A38 & M5 and south to Stonehouse, Frocester, Cam, Stinchcombe Village, Damery and eventually afternoon tea at The Farmers Table, Tortworth (50miles). We say farewell to the J&GC at the Swan Tytherington and enjoy the pull up the hill and over the top to the traffic lights at Grovesend, before finally freewheeling back to Rock St CP.

Although lengthy, there are few hills on this route, apart from a longish drag from Cam to the Yew Tree and that short sharp s-bend after the bridge at Damery. However for anyone who feels it's a bit too much, there is the option of returning to Thornbury straight after lunch at The Anchor. By taking the shortest way back from Berkeley - via Lower Stone & Rockhampton - the distance reduces to about 44 miles with no hills at all.

7th March Afternoon Ride to Berkeley
The ride was the first of the twice-monthly shorter rides and started from the Chantry at 2.00pm. There were 11 of us to start with and we went via Kington Lane to Kington Road where we met Moira and Tony. We then cycled on to Hill, Ham and Berkeley, where we took tea and cake at The Perfect Blend cafe ... except for Heather who'd had to leave at Ham to get home for a previous commitment and Moira, who had dropped her bag when we'd stopped for a natter near Cat Grove. Fortunately she found it still lying in the road.

Our ride back from Berkeley via Rockhampton was uneventful and everyone managed the 16 miles perfectly. The weather was also very kind, considering how miserable it has been of late.

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9th February Bristol-Bath Railway Path
The ride started at 10.00 am at the Showcase Cinema off St Phillips Causeway. We made our way to the official cycle path start at Temple Meads Station and then followed the path. We made Bitton for coffee and met K & L. Then the Hop Pole, just across the road from Victoria Park in Bath for lunch. K & L left us at Mangotsfield for Thornbury and the rest of us made it back to the Showcase for about 3.30. A nice uncomplicated ride of 32 miles but very cold, however there was no ice!

26th Jan Tockington, Tortworth and Slimbridge
Ken led 6 riders from The Chantry in Thornbury. Because there was some concern over frosty back roads, his route went up Gillingstool and Grovesend Road to the A38 then along the main road to pick up Moira and Tony at the junction with Hortham Lane where we turned left off the main road. Turning left again at Frogland Cross, we meandered through Tytherington, past the prison at Leyhill to arrive at Tortworth Estate Farm Shop for coffee. Suitably refreshed and having collected Chris, we cycled north along Tortworth Road, turning right at Damery and through Stinchcombe. Along the way we passed by the side of the road, a Buzzard making a great meal from a road-kill badger; it took no notice of us what so ever! Continuing through Woodfield and Lower Cam, we arrived at Shepherds Patch, Slimbridge. Lunch was taken at The Tudor Arms where we were joined by 3 more of our members, travelling by car. The return to Thornbury was feared because of the forecast of a strong cold SSE head wind. However, this did not materialize although it was cold! With this in mind, we took a short route back through Berkeley, Lower Stone and Rockhampton. Total mileage was ~40 miles.

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12th Jan Chepstow

This Thursday’s ride, weather permitting, will be across the bridge to Chepstow and a coffee stop at the FirstClass Cafe at Chepstow railway station (I can recommend their excellent breakfasts). Then up past the racecourse to St Arvans, Devauden, Newchurch, Golden Hill, then south to and round the north side of Wentwood via Earlswood, through Shirenewton, Mounton, Bayfield, round Chepstow and back across the south side of the bridge to Aust. Lunch at the Boar’s Head in Aust, followed by a short ride home.