LEJOG Cycle Tour - Day 4 - Taunton to Bristol
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Join Will & Jon for a day, a week, a weekend or all 17 days of the UK cycle tour from Lands End to John O’Groats. The trip is organised as day events, allowing you to sign up to whatever days you fancy, booking your own transport and accommodation according to your budget.
DAY FOUR - Taunton to Bristol
Today's route will take us out of Somerset to Bristol, crossing over the Clifton Suspension Bridge and bimbling along the River Avon into the centre of Bristol for an ODL social.
Highlights today include;
- "The Clifton Suspension Bridge, spanning the picturesque Avon Gorge, is the symbol of the city of Bristol. For almost 150 years this Grade I listed structure has attracted visitors from all over the world."
- "Brunel's SS Great Britain is one of the most important historic ships in the world. When she was launched in 1843 she was called 'the greatest experiment since the Creation'. By combining size, power and innovative technology, Brunel created a ship that changed history. His vision for the SS Great Britain made her the great-great-grandmother for all modern ships."
- "The Apple brings you the world’s finest range of ciders & perries, along with some truly exceptional beers, wines and spirits, on a beautifully converted Dutch barge in the heart of Bristol’s Old City. Our large sun-drenched quayside terrace and deck bar with breath-taking views of the historic Floating Harbour also offers you the perfect setting to enjoy a menu of sumptuous, wholesome, west-country inspired, locally sourced food."
The route can be downloaded from here.
Getting there and back again
If you are joining us for the day, the nearest train station to the starting point is Taunton Train Station.
If you are leaving us in Bristol, the nearest train station is Bristol Temple Meads.
Tuesday 12th July accommodation suggestions in Bristol:
- Bristol City Centre Premier Inn - lots of them. Will & Jon have booked into Premier Inn Bristol City Centre (Lewins Mead)
- Travelodge - lots of them
If you have any questions regarding equipment etc email Will.Allaway@Outdoorlads.com.
A lot of useful information is included in Day 0 - Getting to Lands End.
Keep in touch
Want to hear more about what we're up to? Then join us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/OutdoorLadsCycling
We also have a Strava group: www.strava.com/clubs/275243
IMPORTANT! - Participation Statement
You MUST complete the Cycling Participation Statement in addition to booking your event space before attending a cycling event.
Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms, even if they are extremely mild, or who has recently tested positive for Covid-19, is asked not to attend.
Photos: All photos taken by Will Allaway and used with permission.
What to bring
Bike: a road bike or touring bike.
Helmet: OutdoorLads requires you to wear one and so does Will.
Cycling Clothing: lightweight and layered, colourful and/or reflective clothing will make you more visible to other road users. Aim to bring 3-4 sets of cycling outfits, we will have a laundry run at least every fourth night. If you choose to wash the same outfit with Lynx Africa Jon will hunt you like the animal you are.
Footwear: suitable for your bike and pedals. Some bike shoes are ok to walk in, but keep in mind you’re wearing them all day; a slip-on or flip-flop will be a welcome change in the evening.
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.
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 - we have long day light hours but are useful in bad weather.
Mobile Phone: keep it in a waterproof bag for use in emergencies.
Ruck sack or panniers: Carrying kit in a ruck sack can become tiresome, I would recommend panniers, though make sure your bike is suitable to attach them. Alternatively buy frame bags that fit behind your saddle and within the frame of your bike.
Evening wear: We will be going out for drinks and meals, an outfit other then lycra would be a bonus for your sanity.
Clothes washing liquid: Useful for freshening up your clothes.
Chamois cream - helps avoids rubbing on the bum cheeks.
GPS Computer - track your progress and go off on your own if fed up of our company
Food & drink
Please bring plenty of snacks, the plan is to stop somewhere nice for lunch.