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Cycling Report 14th December 2019
Arthur's Mini Mendip Tour
(This was postponed from Thursday 12th December.)
Despite the adverse forecast (strong winds,some heavy rain etc) on Saturday 14th, six of us met up at Lidl and set off east to follow the muddy railway track to Dulcote where we then headed south to W. Pennard and on to W. Bradley and beyond. The first serious obstacle was the short, sharp steep hill up towards E. Pennard. Easily negotiated by the three electric bikes and followed shortly after by the hard men we then set forth through the village, on down the steep descent to Pylle and finally the A37. To get to Thorners 'Den' cafe calls for care as it's normally a very busy road but being Saturday not much traffic.
Suitably refreshed we retraced our route to the turn for Evercreech and on to the village passing the old S&D railway level crossing after a bend. On to Stoney Stratton then north up the climb into the village of Chesterblade. Here it gets a bit messy for routefinding so I missed the right turn to Cranmore, only about half a mile UPHILL before we turned back to the correct turn (surprise,surprise no adverse comments!). Past the E. Somerset Railway, over the A361 and on to the turn for the Old Frome road to the Waggon and Horses for a well deserved lunch.
After lunch it was all downhill to N. Shepton and a lot colder, through the back lanes and a very steep, slippery, rough descent to Croscombe and home, about 31 miles and no rain!
On Thursday the 19th seventeen of us are heading for Sweets Emporium to enjoy our Christmas lunch a, we shall be raising a glass to those of us who couldn't make it.
I wish everyone in the Group a very Happy Christmas and hope that 2020 will be as successful as 2019 was. Thank you all for your support.
Distance: 49.26 km, 30.6 miles
Elevation gain: 506 m, 1660 ft
- data from Graham's GPS