Cobble Wobblestarts at 1pm!! (Please note revised start time and meetup location)
Bristol – Frome 31 miles and on (in darkness) to Westbury 9 miles where we will catch trains back to Bristol £10.10 (via Bradford-o-A & Bath).
Daylight will be short so meet at 9.00am in front of Temple Meads Station (Taxi rank) for a departure at 9.15am prompt. (Outdoor coffee van may be open & station offers shelter).
Pace - reasonably brisk on roads & more relaxed on cycleways and country lanes; Est. 3 - 3 1/2 hrs to Frome inc. stops & short coffee break in Radstock. No one will be left behind!!
Route maximizes cycle paths & minimizes A roads and hills but I cannot iron-out N.Somerset!! Few fairly busy short stretches of A&B roads, but minimal or no HGV’s, visibility for cars is generally good. There are 1 or 2 narrow sections where care is needed in small towns. Lanes are undulating with some short hills but nothing serious. 2 hills of note; 1- on B road nr. Stowey (at halfway point), looks worse than it is, but on quiet B road, care is needed. 2- hill on approach to Frome is a steep narrow lane (when legs are weak); (there is an easier option: 1 mile up a more gentle gradient, but on a busy A road – we will take a vote on the day!!). 18 miles of the route is on cycletrack , with the 10 miles from Midsomer Norton to Frome along picturesque tree lined cycle path with glorious views.
Reasonable lights required for some dark lanes between Frome and Westbury. Half of this route is on fairly straight, wide B road plus ring road around Westbury to rail station, so care necessary but visibility for cars is good.
Trains are about every 20 minutes and we should all get on 2 or maybe 3. There is a pub close-by; ‘The Railway’, though like many pubs of this name they are often the ‘wrong side of the tracks’ (and this one is!), but it is warm, sells reasonable beer and may be a welcome refuge on the night.
No cafes on route apart from the Coop supermarket café in Radstock alongside the Cycletrack (where I plan to stop), there are various shops in villages along the route.
Plan to eat brunch at The Garden Café although this is next to the start of the Cobble Wobble so may be busy and pub of choice is The Griffin (Milk Street Brewery) Opens at 1pm, though this is a little way from the centre; there are alternatives to both.
Apart from the normal (good breakfast, lights (check batteries are charged/good), pump, tubes, tools, reflective clothes/jacket, water/snacks, lock, money). It may be very cold so bring sufficient additional warm layers, gloves, hat etc. for standing around and a flask (hip or thermos) of your choice.
Todays recce was 2ºC departing Bristol at 8.15am and was fine and beautiful, lanes mostly dry and sun, though very pleasant, did not warm things up much so a quick pace and plenty of layers helped.
The ride will be on unless conditions are very bad and I will post here the evening before the ride.
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It would help if anyone is running late to phone on the day or if not coming adjust your ‘attendance’. Look forward to seeing you all!