Wells

Cycle-2021-05

Cycling Report 14th May 2021

After a very wet Thursday, it was a relief to find Friday morning dry if cloudy. Seven of us set out in two separate groups from Lidl - Arthur, Graham, Chris, Steve and three Johns (Wh., Seb. and Sea.) - and the first leg was a straightforward run along quiet droves down to Glastonbury, and then off-road through Ham Wall and Shapwick Heath reserves to the Avalon Marshes centre for coffee. Thence to Westhay and another flat section up to Mudgley Hill (John Seb. left us at this point) and down into Wedmore for a very agreeable lunch in the garden at Nanny Ida's, sandwiches all round and the weather improving all the while. The last leg was a longish gentle climb out of Wedmore, down Snake Lane and along the main road to Bleadney, then right to pick up the Burcott road and back to Wells, by this stage basking in glorious sunshine. A ride of nearly twenty-nine miles in all.

Chris

Cycling Report 27th May 2021

Group 1

Thursday dawned nice and sunny and it stayed that way!

For the ride, we headed west out of Langport towards North Curry and Creech St Micheal, coffee being taken at the Willows Craft Centre. We moved on towards Creech and the canal (Taunton and Bridgwater), which we followed along the towpath until the lunch stop which was at the Maunsel Lock Tearooms. Both were very good and well organised.

After lunch we continued along the towpath until the turning to Fordgate. After that we were heading home with the River Parrett to our left we continued through Burrowbridge, Stathe and back to Langport.

28 miles of pure heaven with some wonderful views and flat lands.

We split into two groups - one containing six and one of five. I didn't see the second group after our lunch stop - I hope they didn't get lost!

Roger D.

Group 2

In my guise as leader of the second group of six we set off from Langport carpark and avoided the main road by following the foot/cycle path to the river Parrett as the first group had done, but 5 to 10 minutes later to prevent bunching. We couldn't avoid the busy main road to the turn for Stathe however, but with care there were no casualties. Although I had a map and was reasonably sure of the route, our group was blessed by having Pete with us who had no hesitation as to where to turn off! We turned in to the Willows Craft Centre and refreshed ourselves with coffee and maybe a cake while the other group finished theirs and set off to the next destination.

We followed 10 minutes later, but first it was necessary to locate the road then track in Creech St. Michael that leads to the canal towpath. Fortunately there's a good marker, the Church, so you can't miss it. The towpath is a hard unsurfaced track which narrows and widens and of course there are other users to be aware of including fishermen on the banks, but the scariest bit of the path is where it passes under a road bridge: you have to remember to duck under the curved arch and hope the front wheel is going in the right direction or you end up in the murky waters of the canal!!

We arrived at the Maunsel Lock cafe and had an excellent lunch outside in the very warm sun; I was glad I brought some head cover with me. After lunch the group followed in the wheel tracks of the others and arrived back at Langport to be greeted by waves from the first group as they left for home.

Thanks Roger for organising a great day out, even though we didn't see much of you or your gang.

Arthur

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Coffee Stop 27-05-21