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Cycling Report 30th July 2020

Our first run since March was a good day out in ideal dry and sunny weather. We were split into two teams of no more than 6 to comply with social distancing rules, and, as planned, five in Team 1 set off from Lidl’s Wells by 10 am before any of Team 2 had arrived. Later, Team 1 also employed other tactics ….

Four of us in Team 2 set off via Wookey Hole to Easton where our fifth member joined us. We then cycled to Cheddar bypassing the main road where possible by using the (more hilly) back lanes through Westbury, Rodney Stoke, Draycott and Bradley Cross. In Cheddar we picked up the Strawberry Way path, continued through Axbridge and along the popular shared path through the tunnel to Winscombe. We stopped for a break in the shade at the station picnic area, surprised not to see Team 1 already there. 10 minutes later Team 1 rolled past on the track. They had experimented with a different route through Cheddar and had stopped at The Pantry in Winscombe for their coffee break.

A good time after Team 1 had disappeared up the track, we set off again, turning off to start the steady climb up to Shipham. We turned right towards Cheddar then left up Long Bottom towards Charterhouse, several sensibly opting to walk the steep section at the top of the climb. Taking a rest to admire the view, we watched as Team 1 appeared coming up the hill behind us! They had enjoyed an extended ride along the Strawberry Way having missed the turning off.

Again we set off at a fair distance behind Team 1 to meet up again at Velvet Bottom for lunch, sitting in the warm sunshine on a grassy bank in our distinct groups (see photo). After lunch the two teams headed off separately along the undulating route to Priddy and back to Wells down the teeth-rattling Old Bristol Road.


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Lunch Break on 30-07-20 Ride on 30-07-20

Total distance: 48.2 km, 30.0 miles
Total climbing: 693 m, 2274 ft
- route and data from Strava