Frome Cobble Wobble

Cobble Wobblestarts at  1pm!! (Please note revised start time and meetup location)

Summary

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).

Meetup

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).

Route

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.

Return

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.

Stops

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.

Frome

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.

Bring

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.

Weather

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.

My mobile[masked] if anyone requires other info or advice, or post questions here.

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!

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  • Martin E.

    Really good film of event:-

    http://vimeo.com/55854694­

    1 · December 18, 2012

  • Martin E.

    More photos from Charge Bikes:

    http://www.facebook.com/media/s...­

    December 18, 2012

  • Roger

    I did come in to Frome first thing, but felt so ill and wobbly, I wobbled off home before the cobble wobble. I hope the rest of you had a good time. Sorry to miss you.

    December 16, 2012

    • Martin E.

      5 of us made the trip, had a bite at Garden Cafe overlooking the start a beer at the finish line watched most of the main heats and then left for a rapid return trip at about 3-3.30. The ride was good so plan to do again sometime in the New Year. Happy Christmas Martin

      December 16, 2012

  • Josh*

    Do you have a link to route? Mapmyride, route toaster etc?

    December 15, 2012

  • Martin E.

    Cobble Wobble Timetable
    Talk about last minute!!
    http://mad.ly/475a53­

    December 12, 2012

    • Martin E.

      Plenty of trains from Westbury about every 30mins. Frome station might be a tad busy!!

      December 13, 2012

  • Martin E.

    The poster for the 2012 event says 1pm
    Perhaps start at 1pm finish at 6pm?

    December 10, 2012

  • Josh*

    Does anyone plan to cycle back to Bristol instead of train?

    December 6, 2012

  • Roger

    I can offer local floor, thermarest, sleeping bag and even (limited) bed space to anyone who wants to return to Bristol from Frome the following morning.

    December 6, 2012

  • Martin

    Last year the racing reportedly started at 3pm.

    November 15, 2012

    • Martin E.

      Thanks Martin, any idea roughly when it finished??

      November 15, 2012

    • Martin

      That's just from a bit of Googling but I didn't find how long the event took (although there are 220 entrants and the fastest go up it in 30 seconds...). But also last year's event was held in September when it would still be light at 5pm. In December they may well have moved the start time forward by a couple of hours so we'll have to wait to find out.

      November 15, 2012

  • Martin E.

    Still no news on times of the Cobble Wobble event yet. Did a recce on Sunday - the section between Whitchurch and Radsotock is fairly tough, hilly and muddy in parts, railway cyclepath from Radstock and Frome is leafy and beautiful. I returned on faster main roads via Keynsham. I am trying alternative routes and may have another try out this coming weekend if the weather is kind. For those interested - Improved version of Sundays trip: http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?...­ Alternative route via Pensford: http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?...­ All suggestions welcome. I will post plans for this coming weekend at last minute on Friday or Saturday afternoon if anyone fancies joining me.

    November 15, 2012

  • Martin E.

    Yes Martin bit of a typo going on there on my part!!! It is the 'FROME COBBLE WOBBLE' Still awaiting more details on timings - the site is down at the moment.

    November 4, 2012

    • Martin E.

      Thanks Julia, whoever finds timings first perhaps they could post details and we can firm up on plans

      November 6, 2012

  • Martin

    I'd be up for going too; isn't it called the Cobble Wobble though?

    November 4, 2012

  • Martin E.

    Proposed route is as http://www.transportdirect.info­ from Bristol to Frome. Using 'quietest' setting includes cyclepath from Bristol to Whitchurch and cyclepath following old railway from Radstock to Frome, with quietish roads between the two.
    I am afraid I will not be entering the Colly Wobble, watching will do just fine!

    November 2, 2012

  • Martin E.

    Since this outing looks popular we will need to take a group view on train capacity for the return trip since spaces may be limited to 4 per train. There are a number of train options so I will make plans just as soon as the Colly Wobble organisers post event times. I cannot be the only cyclist who has come up with the idea of returning to Bristol by train with bike!

    November 2, 2012

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