Plains, Trains & no more Automobiles
204km cycling event starting from Warmley, Bristol. Controls at Blunsdon Stn and Boyton, plus 3 information controls. Another inaugural & the second Great Western Randonnée arrives. Salisbury Plain, Heritage Railways, Avebury & the best views of Stonehenge. A few hills at the end for good measure!
Departing from Warmley you'll head east scaling the Cotswold escarpment for a gentle cruise through Malmesbury to the Whistlestop Cafe at Blunsdon Station. Then south through Avebury's earthern works and stone circle, over the Pewsey Downs for stunning views across the Vale and down Wiltshire's Avon valley. Turning west onto Salisbury Plain you'll use a 1km section of byway to approach Stonehenge giving you amasing views; you can get quite close to the stones here without paying to take in their time defying presence. Having made your way between tumulii using the old main road you then continue across the Plain to the wonderful Wylye valley and Courtyard Cafe at The Ginger Piggery. Into Somerset you'll pass Cranmore Station and head north, save a bit for this section as you'll have a few hills in succession. The start is easily accessible from Bristol on bike via the Railway Path. There is a small free car park with height barrier. Toilets will be open from 06:30. The finish will be about a mile away at a local pub serving food all afternoon for cyclists. The 1km byway approaching Stonehenge is a firm surface, it has some large embedded flints to begin and potholes to end but just go slow and enjoy the scenery. It was easily navigated in March on 25mm tyres.
- 05:09 BST
- 21:22 BST
- YH G P R T (100) (12/7)
- Parking free or reasonably priced, at start
- Youth Hostel at or near start
- Toilets at the start
- Refreshments free or reasonably priced, at start and/or finish
- GPS files available from organiser
- Will Pomeroy
- Audax Club Bristol
- Entries to:
- (please enter online)
- 15-30 kph
- Total Climb:
- Event No:
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