|10 May 2017||map||62.7||474||Gillingham, Stourton, Maiden Bradley, Codford, Stapleford, Great Wishford, Wilton, Salisbury|
|11 May 2017||map||70.3||514||Salisbury, Wilton, Chitterne, Shrewford, Stonehenge, Amesbury, Woodford, Salisbury|
|12 May 2017||map||75.8||490||Salisbury, Alderbury, Downton, Ripley, Christchurch, Bournemouth, Studland, Swanage|
|13 May 2017||map||82.4||873||Swanage, Kingston, Corfe Castle, Clandon, Hardy Monument, Little Bredy, Bridport|
|14 May 2017||map||89.8||1,287||Bridport, Charmouth, Axmouth, Colyton, Ottery, Woodbury Salterton, Exeter|
|10-14 May 2017||map||381||3,638||Complete Route|
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Last year we organised a four-day cycle ride from Penzance to Exeter - see Exeter 2016 Trip to Cornwall. This time we plan to visit Wessex.
Participants will travel to Salisbury by train on the Wednesday and stay there for two nights (Wednesday and Thursday). On the Thursday we will do a loop - for example to Stonehenge. From Salisbury we will travel to Swanage (Friday night), Bridport (Saturday night) and return to Exeter on Sunday evening.
As last time, participants will have to arrange their own accommodation for the four nights away. Some chose to do this individually whilst others got together in groups of two or four to share the load. It will helpful to others if you could let us know where you have booked (see list below).
Each participant will have to perform one or more (depending on numbers) of the following roles:-
We are staying in Salisbury on both Wednesday and Thursday nights so will be possible to join the trip on Thursday evening. This might suit people who are only able to get one day off work.
A sample route is available at Route Map.
|Wednesday 10 May||Exeter||Salisbury||-||-||-|
|Thursday 11 May||Salisbury||Stonehenge loop||46||400||66|
|Friday 12 May||Salisbury||Swanage||84||790||124|
|Saturday 13 May||Swanage||Bridport||80||880||124|
|Sunday 14 May||Bridport||Exeter||83||1200||143|
Note: 'Effective Distance' is the actual distance plus 5 km for each 100 metres climbed. It gives a more realistic indication of how hard a ride will be.
Please let us know where you have booked, it may help others looking for accommodation.
|Salisbury||Swanage||Leader 2||Keith a.m. / Hugh p.m.|
|Swanage||Bridport||Leader 1||Hugh a.m. / Keith p.m.|
The judges for each day's prize giving will be as follows.
|Salisbury (Wednesday night)|
|Salisbury (Thursday night)|
|Swanage (Friday night)|
|Bridport (Saturday night)|
|Lyndsay Kyrke Smith|
Some participants are considering cycling up to Salisbury on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Others plan to take the train up on the Wednesday but get off early and cycle into Salisbury.
The map below shows the route from Gillingham Station to Stourhead and then down the Wylye Valley to Salisbury. This route is 63 km long with a climb of 400 m.