Chalke and Cheese
209km cycling event starting from Warmley, Bristol. Controls at Boyton, Broad Chalke, Compton Abbas Airfield and Wedmore, plus 3 information controls. Day and night, fast and slow! Beautiful valleys with the odd hill thrown in including Cheddar Gorge, maybe in the dark with its looming walls. Stunning views en route, if it's clear you can just see The Needles!
Heading out from Warmley Station along the Bristol to Bath Railway Path and through the 2Tunnels under Combe Down you will make your way into Wiltshire and cruise down the amazing virtually traffic free Wylye Valley, which the still operational GWR Wessex Main Line follows to the historic town of Wilton with its Italianate Church. Hopping over to the Chalke Valley, named after a small tributary to the River Ebble emerging at Broad Chalke, you head towards Shaftesbury after a couple of climbs; the first onto Charlton Down on a section of old Roman road between Bath and Badbury Rings, here you may see on the horizon The Needles if a clear day. Using predominantly B roads from now you head to Wells, here the road named Strawberry Way follows what was once the old Strawberry Line named after the local produce. Level riding through Somerset to Cheddar and its mighty Gorge, most likely in the dark with its looming rock faces, you ascend The Mendips to the Chew Valley and the arrivée at The Holybush Inn, Bridgeyate. Hopefully tea, coffee and bacon and/or egg rolls will be available at the start from Warmley Waiting Room but they can not say for certain at this moment in time in case other commitments arise being close to the festive period. Public toilets will be open from 06:30 located in the small free car park. This has a height barrier so be warned but it is often left open. Please do not park at The Holybush Inn; people live there and don't want to be woken at the crack of dawn by cyclists scrabbling to unload bikes, also they'd like to reserve the car park for their regular trade. As Warmley is ideally located on the Bristol to Bath Railway Path I'd hope all those coming from Bristol and even Bath cycled to and from the event.
- 08:11 GMT
- 16:26 GMT
- YH G P R T (100) (10/01)
- 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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