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Cycling Report 10th January 2020

A Lumpy Ride to Priddy and Back
(This ride was postponed from Thursday 9th because of the forecasted wind and rain.)

Despite the change of date, 8 of us assembled in the intermittent sunshine and cold breeze at Wells’ Lidl. We set off along the cycle path to Dulcote and then on to Dinder in order to tackle the hill up Sleight Lane, Crapnell Lane and Thrupe Lane to Maesbury. This is a climb of 605 ft in 2.4 miles with steep sections requiring the occasional use of a “2 foot” gear.

One more joined us at Rocky Mountain café, and suitably re-energized we made our way generally downhill to Binegar and Emborough. We continued downhill to cross the A39 above Chewton Mendip. The steady climb up Torhole Bottom brought us to the busy B3135 “Mendip motorway” where we turned right. All 9 survived the traffic to turn left past Stockhill and Priddy pools and then right at the Hunter’s Lodge. While one headed for home, the rest called in at the Queen Vic in Priddy for a well-appreciated lunch.

After lunch, two took an alternative route to return home via Stancombe Lane to Westbury. The remainder set off to Deer Leap and cautiously descended the road past Ebbor Gorge. The panoramic view across the levels was splendid as ever in the low winter sun.

We all agreed to do the proposed extra loop, and so we carried on down to Easton (where one more left the group for home) and then rode across the levels to Bleadney, and back to Wells via Fenny Castle and Burcott, while navigating around puddles, mud, and the increasing number of potholes along these lanes.


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Ride on 10-01-20

Distance: 45.39 km, 28.2 miles
Elevation gain: 502 m, 1647 ft
- picture and data from Strava

Cycling Report 23rd January 2020

Twelve riders met at the start at the Shute Shelf picnic area in good time, on sadly a rather dull day. We set off to follow the Strawberry Line past Winscombe, where we stopped briefly to wave off Roger who unfortunately had taken a tumble on the way to the start. The rest of us ploughed on (literally) as the track was more like the Glastonbury Festival site especially where we exited at the Thatchers site. Leaving the mud behind we made for Puxton and our coffee stop at Hewish at Carriages café which was well liked.

A short sprint down the A370 took us to Wick St Lawrence but our attempt to get to Sand Bay was thwarted by tree felling and so we joined a traffic queue through the narrow roads of Kewstoke and on to our lunch in Weston super Mare.

Our ride then continued along the prom to Uphill and following the cycle route to Bleadon, Loxton, Barton where we decided to come back by road direct to Axbridge rather than back via the cycle track and its mud. This and the Sand Bay diversion shortened our route slightly to about 27 miles.

My apologies for the state of everyone’s bike and trust that Roger is now recovered.

Pete W.

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Ride on 23-01-20

Distance: 44.73 km, 27.8 miles
Elevation gain: 299 m, 981 ft
- picture and data from Strava