Wednesday 3 June 2009

Day 14 - Symonds Yat to Chew Stoke

Another fine and sunny day today. We had a nice run down through Coleford and St Briavels and across Tidenham Chase before dropping down into Chepstow and briefly into Wales. We had a steep half mile climb to get up onto the A466 and the Severn Bridge road.

The crossing of the Severn Bridge was spectacular, but I wouldn't want to do it on a windy day, as it's quite exposed in the middle. We re-entered England as we came off the bridge and stopped for a celebratory coffee at Aust services.

From Aust, we followed minor roads towards Thornbury, skirting around Bristol. The CTC route is quite hard to follow and we missed a turn off in Iron Acton. We headed towards Pucklechurch, where we found a cycle path. We were wondering whether to continue on the road or follow the cycle path, when another cyclist offered to show us the way. It turned out he was the runs captain of the Bath CTC, so knew his way around.

We followed the paths to Bitton, on the Bristol to Bath railway path, then carried on to Saltford and Compton Dando. We got a little lost in the lanes, but we were heading in generally the right direction. We eventually emerged at Chew Magna and found our way to Chew Stoke and our B&B (Orchard House).

55.33 miles today
In 5hrs 23 mins
Ave 10.26 mph
Total so far 834 miles.

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