Sunday 23 July 2017
Stourhead to Bitton
A good attendance turned up for coffee at Stourhead: Sarah, Richard, Ben, Mary, Charlie Phil, Mike, Tony, Rodney and the New Generation Cycling UK of Jim, Sarah, Steve King, Lynne and Emma. After a rainy start, jackets were removed at Mells, a quick dash to Radstock, Wellow, 2 tunnels (which were brilliant) and to the lunch stop at Bitton Station in a carriage called Margaret. Having watched the steam trains shunting we were joined by Richard, Lorraine and Martin. The return journey was enjoyable but uneventful – no punctures, no road rage, no accidents and no-one lost. Hope I am forgiven for the mountain of a climb at the end!! Thanks for joining me and keep those wheels turning.
Wellow to Bitton
Lorraine and Martin joined me in the rain for the ride from Riders Rest tea rooms immediately onto the Colliers Way cycle path. At Bath, soon after our exit from the Two Tunnels Greenway, the rain stopped and we were on the Bristol and Bath Railway Path. 4.25 miles from Bristol (near Fishponds) we turned round and returned to Warmley and the little cafe at the former station. The toilet was in an old London Police Box but without Dr Who. Then onto Bitton station cafe where the official club ride had just ordered lunch and we saw an ex-War Department steam train arrive on the Avon Valley Railway. We soon left and returned to Bath where the rain started again as we neared the Two Tunnels. Then rain all the way to Wellow, arriving at our cars at 3:30 PM, 33 miles mostly on traffic free tarmac cycle paths.
At a future date (on a fine day) an interesting extension to the above ride will be to continue to Bristol and onto the Bristol to Portishead cycle route along the Avon Gorge under the Clifton Suspension Bridge.