2020 Headline Activities

Further details will be added to events as they become available

March 28th/29th Chepstow to Cheddar and return.

Weekend Cancelled - possible 1 day alternative ride from Severn beach to be confirmed

1 night in Cheddar YHA (Unsupported - Panniers required)

Contact: Juls Sims

Distance: 90 miles in total – approx. 45 miles per day, profile can be seen in the attached GPX files. The first day is relatively flat, the second day not so flat as you have the Gorge to get through ;)

Start/end: Chepstow Station: Start Saturday 28th March:9:15am.. End: Sunday 29th March:3pm – there is a free car park next to station, plus a coffee shop and a loo.

Accommodation: Cheddar YHA, It's not a bad standard YHA, I will coordinate the YHA accommodation but you're more than welcome to book alternative accommodation if you want to. A two course meal is veg/meat option £10, they are good size meals plus you can buy reasonably priced beer/wine to go with it. If you bring your own breakfast accommodation is only about £15 pp. Although breakfast can be ordered. Toiletries can be bought and towels can be hired.

Food: Saturday – Black Horse in Clapton-in-Gordano – need to order in advance, Sunday – Coffee #1 in Bristol, both stops are about 20 miles into the ride. The file is attached for both days: there are a few incorrect bits but they are obvious to spot and edit.

 

 

Overview of ride:

Day 1: GPX Download HERE The first day involves following several Sustrans cycle routes to take us to Cheddar. After leaving the station we cross the Severn Bridge, always a treat… the first of the two wonderful river bridges crossed today. Cycling through small lanes and along cycle paths we cross the Avonmouth bridge – cycling alongside the M5 traffic which is a little bit special. Then onwards using small lanes towards the lunch stop at a lovely friendly pub called the Black Horse in the unusually named village of Clapton-on-Gordano. Heading toward Clevedon we turn off onto the disused Strawberry line railway, a lovely cycle path that takes us all the way to Cheddar. Hoping as we are leaving earlish we can get to Cheddar early enough to be able to take a walk up to the Gorge, it’s about a 15 mins walk from the YHA.

 

Day 2: GPX Download HERE We leave early to get through the Cheddar Gorge before traffic starts to build up, 8:30am. About three quarters of a mile and you are into the climb of the day, there are 400 yards of tough climbing (especially with panniers) you can always get off and walk, otherwise it’s just a steady slog through the gorge which is pretty special, that time in the morning you will get to see the Cheddar Gorge goats that remind me of the Chamois in the alps. The next beautiful sight on route are the Chew Magna Lakes, which we circle on the way to Bristol. Picking our way through Bristol on Sustrans routes we bypass almost all main roads to take us out by Clifton Suspension Bridge (we can decide if people want to go and have a look or just want to get on)… more quiet lanes and over the Severn Bridge and back to Chepstow.

April 22nd -29th Majorca

Rescheduled for 14th - 21st October

7 nights. Details have already been circulated.

Contact: Richard Cook

May 14-19th Lowestoft to Cardiff

Cycling C2C (unsupported). Fully booked - but Contact Dave G. for a possible shortlist entry.

Details:

Trip will be self supported using own bikes. Bikes will be transported from Cardiff to Lowestoft using an off hire van. Riders will travel to Lowestoft by train arriving mid afternoon on first day. The ride will commence at Ness point in Lowestoft (the most easterly point in the UK) and will proceed as follows:-

Day 1 – 10-12 miles to Beccles (overnight in hotel)

Day 2- 60-65 miles to Cambridge (overnight in YHA)

Day 3- 45-50 miles to Milton Keynes (overnight in Premier inn)

Day 4 - 45 miles to Oxford (overnight in YHA)

Day 5 – 60 miles to Dursley/Wooton under Edge area (accom yet to be determined)

Day 6 – 55- 60 miles to Cardiff

The terrain will be mostly undulating with no major mountain ranges to scale. Hence the distances are reasonable for this type of terrain. We will use NCR cycle routes as far as possible & quiet byways and lanes as available. Days will be well paced & punctuated with coffee, lunch & tea stops as appropriate. I have not reccied substantial parts of the route yet, but will have done by May. Cost will be in the region of £250 per person

Contact: Dave Griffiths, email: sad.griffs@yahoo.co.uk

Contact: Dave Griffiths

May 29th-31st Herefordshire Mike Hutchinson’s 90th birthday.

Contact: Julie Williams/Moira Knowles

June 2nd/3rd(Dates TBC) Bulgaria

Flight from Heathrow to Sofia. Then 6 days cycling possibly in the Rhodopi or Pirin mountains.

7 nights. Daily mileage not expected to exceed 50 miles.

Mountain bikes will be provided locally, Hotel accomodation.

Support car to carry luggage 

Estimate cost to be in the £450 - £500 range plus flights. This covered all costs including bike hire, support, accommodation and all food and drink.   

Limited spaces.

Contact: Glen Dermody, email: g.dermody@ntlworld.com

July 17th/19th Porlock Cycling - BBQ - Walking

WEEKEND POSTPONED

This is very much a social weekend so it's also open to non cycling partners. 

Roger and Di have been hosting our almost annual BBQ's for what must have been at least 20 years. (I'm sure I'll be corrected by someone). An I do hope I'm not tempting fate when I mention that in all this time, we have never failed to eat outdoors.

This is the weekend itinerary:

Fri 17th: Arrive anytime to explore the lovely village of Porlock, or join us for a small ride in the afternoon. Evening: Meet up for a meal in a local hostelry. Venue and times to be confirmed

Sat 18th: Full day ride led by our local guide Alan Jones. Visit the quaint villages and tea rooms with splendid views from the top of Porlock Hill. Evening BBQ at Roger and Di's house.  Bring along a bottle with a small contribution towards the BBQ (amount to be advised) along with their address and directions.

Sun 19th: Interesting local knowledge morning walk led by our hosts Roger and Di and then all back to their house to finish off any leftovers from the night before. Depart at your leisure or meet up in the evening for any stragglers staying until Monday. I've booked the Porlock caravan park site from the Friday to Monday

  https://www.porlockcaravanpark.co.uk/camping

There is also another campsite nearby. Plus hotels and B&B's in the centre of the village. NB this is the first weekend of the school holidays, so probably the sooner you book the better. see https://www.porlock.co.uk/  

Please let me know if you'll be joining us on this wonderful weekend. 

Contacts: Julie Williams/Roger Hall/Alan Jones

August 7-9th: Gloucester weekender

Weekend Cancelled

Travelling from Cardiff to Gloucester on Friday, returning Sunday. Saturday ride heading north to Upton-on-Severn and Tewksbury. Option exists to make your own way to Gloucester, cycle Saturday and then travel with main group on Sunday returning to Gloucester after coffee stop. Around 60 miles a day(3 days) but fairly flat. Suitable for all bikes. Mostly road but there will be some cycling on canal paths. Accommodation: Probably in Travelodge and Premier Inn which are next door to each other near the centre of town.Cyclists will have to carry their own luggage on Friday and Sunday. There may be an option to have luggage delivered if someone is driving up. 

Contact: Glen Dermody, email: g.dermody@ntlworld.com

August 22nd-23rd: Redwick ‘Fest’ weekend Camping/Cycling/BBQ

Location; Redwick; NP263DY, perfect for exploring the beautiful Monmouthshire countryside.

Parking is available for Motorhomes and cars in the field opposite or Camping in the garden with use of bathrooms on Saturday evening and Sunday morning. BBQ and party on Saturday night, breakfast on Sunday morning and The Rose Inn is open for very important post ride drinks … 

Participants will be requested to contribute provisionally £10.00 towards food and alcohol but this sum may be revised when we know the numbers. Members are welcome to stay overnight or drive back and forth both days. Karl will be the resident DJ....

 

There will be 2 rides both days, one more moderate than the other, or people can explore their own rides if they are planning a longer distance.Possible rides are: _

 

Redwick via lanes to A48, to Mounton near Chepstow, over Severn Bridge to Thornbury and back .45 miles and moderate. A longer route to Slimbridge is possible, bearing in mind that it takes 16 mile through quiet lanes to get to Severn Bridge

 

Redwick to Raglan, over Wentwood and back via Bettws Newydd and Cats Ash – a café stop in Raglan Castle – 45 miles. A longer route would be to continue to Llantillo Crossenny and possibly white castle before heading back or even Abergavenny

 

Redwick to Chepstow  (via Mounton) and then to St Arvans (steep climb) and into Tintern and back up the long lane by Redbrook and back to Shirenewton, Llanvair Discoed crossing A48 back to Redwick through lanes. approx 50 miles

 

Redwick to Chepstow, St Arvans, Devauden  and star lane to Usk (long descent) and back to Redwick via Cats Ash or Caerleon approximately 50 miles

 

Redwick, Chepstow Deavuden, Kilgwrrwg(stunning views)but a load of climbing & back to Redwick 30 miles or onto Usk with a long descent & back via Catsash/Caerleon 50 miles.

 

Redwick –Shirenewton-Deavauden –Trellech Monmouth. Back via Dingestow Raglan Usk 50-60 miles.

 

Redwick –Tredagar House –Bassaleg –Caerleon –Cats Ash Redwick easy 30 miles.

 

If members can express which rides interest them, or if they prefer to organise their own or a variant of any of these? We will need a route coordinator and at least one ride leader for each ride please 

Rachel has promised cake for dessert, but more donations will be extremely welcome please.

 It is advised to arrive early to begin Saturday rides by 9.30 am and Sunday rides similarly or at latest 10.00

Contact: Jackie Thomas/Karl Harding, email: jackiethomas18@icloud.com

September 25/27th Elvis weekender in Porthcawl

EVENT CANCELLED - if a replacement activity is found in time, there may be an alternative TBA.

 

Majorca 2020

Rescheduled for 14th - 21st October - Event Cancelled

7 nights. Details have already been circulated.

Contact: Richard Cook

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