Fudge in Bath - Cotswold Cycle 2 of 3 - BH Weekend
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Join Will & Jon (no we aren't a couple) on an 80km(ish) cycle through Wiltshire/Cotswolds to a very nice fudge shop in the centre of Barrrth or as Will calls it "Bath".
The route starts in Sherston in Wiltshire, it then goes south through picturesque Castle Coombe, along quiet country roads and then a short stretch of the Kennet and Avon Canal into the heart of Bath. We will stop here for fudge obviously and more importantly tea and cake. If we are making good time, there will be an optional visit to the Roman Baths while Will eats more fudge/cake. No trip to Bath is complete without a quick cycle along Gay Street, a loop around The Circus and a cycle past The Royal Crescent.
From Bath, our route takes us through the Combe Down Tunnel, at an impressive 1,672 metres (just over one mile), it is the UK's longest cycling and walking tunnel. We pop out the end and then along the River Avon to Bradford-on-Avon for a spot of lunch. The final leg is north for a pint of cider back in Sherston.
Why are we starting in Sherston? Truth be known it's where your leaders are staying for the bank holiday weekend. There are a plenty of campsites and hotels in the surrounding area.
- The Holdford Arms - Camping & Glamping
- Tobacconist Farm - Camping
- More pubs then you shake a stick at on Bookings.com
- Lots of nice rooms on Airbnb
Proposed route is here: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30583977
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What to bring
Bike: a road bike
Helmet: OutdoorLads requires you to wear one
Clothing: lightweight and layered, colourful and/or reflective clothing will make you more visible to other road users
Footwear: suitable for your bike and pedals
Gloves: cycle gloves help avoid blisters, and are good in the cold
Punctures: spare inner tube, bike tyre pump and tyre levers
Tools: any special tools that your bike needs
Small snacks: such as chocolate or energy bars
Plenty of water: in bottle/s on your bike or in a daysack/bladder
Medicines: if you have hay fever, diabetes, minor ailments etc.
Eye protection: avoid getting grit or insects in your eyes, sunglasses are OK if they are not made of glass and not too shaded
Bike lights: be seen and safe - as we may be finishing late please have a front and back light.
Storage: small day-sack or a bag on your bike
Mobile Phone: keep it in a waterproof bag for use in emergencies
Food & drink
As it is a “Will Cycle” there will be plenty of opportunity to buy cake and nibbles on route. Lunch will likely be at a pub in Bradford-on-Avon.