Category Archives: Novice Friendly

Two Tunnels – The Return of the Return

For those who missed this on previous occasions (or want to have another go…), Graham Burgess will be leading the popular Two Tunnels ride again.

The full 48 mile route will start from Wharf Road Carpark in Devizes, meeting at 9:15 for a 9:30 (sharp!) departure. The route follows the canal towpath down past Caen Locks and continues through Semington and Staverton to Bradford on Avon where we will meet anyone opting for the shorter 23 mile route at the Lock Inn Cafe at around 10:45 for an 11:00 (ish) departure, so time for a quick coffee and cake!

The route then continues along the canal path past Avoncliff and the amazing aquaduct through to Brassknocker Basin. From Brassknocker, it picks up the Sustrans 13 mile Two Tunnels loop which continues along the canal past Claverton, Bathampton and Bathwick before passing through the suburbs and into Bath centre.

The route then follows the River Avon for a short while before picking up the gentle uphill gradient path through to the Two Tunnels which are an impressive 800 metres and 1672 metres long. From the Tunnels, the route goes over the Tucking Mill Viaduct to Midford where we will stop for a pub lunch at the Hope and Anchor (or depending on group consensus we can stop at Brassknocker cafe a couple of miles on – or both…).

The route then takes to single country lanes for a mile or two with a couple of short, sharp climbs through to Monkton Combe where it drops back down to Brassknocker Basin to rejoin the canal path for the return route back to Bradford on Avon and onto Devizes with the gradual but long climb up past Caen locks to finish back at the Wharf Road carpark.

This is an entirely non-technical route that will be at a moderate pace and suitable for anyone looking to add a few miles to their repertoire without the fear of big hills or scary bits. There are lots of opportunities along the way for cafe/pub stops and emphasis is on having fun and social day out doing something a bit different. No-one will be left behind.

Parking fees (last time we did the ride there) were £5.20 at Devizes and £4.00 at Bradford on Avon – these may have gone up so have plenty of change.

It is anticipated that the canal path will be reasonably busy with other cyclists and walkers so a bell would be useful if you have one.

The tunnels are lit and well surfaced but is advisable (although not essential) to have a small commuter light for this section.
Bring food/drinks, spares, a fully working bike and pocket money!

Start points:
Full route – Wharf Road Carpark, Devizes SN10 1EA
Shorter route – Lock Inn Cafe, Bradford on Avon BA15 1LE (nearest carpark Baileys Barn BA15 1BX)

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2019 Annual General Meeting (AGM)

Please remember that to be able to vote on items at the AGM (constitution changes, committee elections) you will need to be a valid MB Swindon member. So please check your membership is up to date. If you’ve misplaced / lost your card you can check your renewal date on the website – www.mbswindon.co.uk/membersonly

This year’s AGM will include the following items on the agenda:

  1. Introduction
  2. Review of 2018, including:
    • Financial summary
    • Membership review
    • Events round-up
  3. Amendments to the constitution
  4. Election of Committee roles
  5. Any other business (AOB)

Questions and feedback can be sent in advance via email to info@mbswindon.co.uk

Amendments to constitution

You will find the proposed changes to the constitution in the following document – MB Swindon Constitution – 2016 to 2019 change.

Should you have any comments or questions in relation to these changes please send them by email to info@mbswindon.co.uk in advance of the meeting.

Election of Committee roles

Should the amendments to the constitution be accepted, the following roles will be available for election:

  • Chairperson
  • Treasurer
  • Club / Membership Secretary
  • Events Officer

If you would like to put yourself forward for one of the available roles, please email your name and position interested in to info@mbswindon.co.uk by 19:00 Friday 22 February.


IF the constitutional changes are NOT accepted, then no elections will take place at the AGM and a special general meeting (SGM) will be called at a later date to carry out the Committee elections.

Aldbourne, Honest! (Revenge of the ManFlu)

Having recovered from the deadly ManFlu that forced the previous cancellation of this ride, Graham Burgess will lead a loop of approximately 20 miles from Coate to Aldbourne and back on February 9th.

Although not technically difficult, the ride will include some climbing, including the sweet-sounding Sugar Hill; really – how hard could that possibly be?! There will be a cafe stop in Aldbourne.

Meet by the diving platform at Coate Water ready for a 10.00am start. All are welcome and no-one gets left behind.

Urban Round 6 February

Wailun Chung leads this week’s Urban Round. Meet at John Lewis, Mannington, ready for an early 6.30pm start.

Urban Rounds are usually about 20 miles / 2 hours long, and are mostly along cycle paths and minor roads. They are intended as a way to help maintain fitness over the winter. All are welcome and no-one gets left behind.

You’ll need lights, a drink and the usual spares.

Graham’s Aldbourne Loop

Unfortunately, Graham is ill, so this ride will not take place.

The next Club rides are on Wednesday evening and next Sunday (3rd Feb).

Graham Burgess will lead a loop of approximately 20 miles from Coate to Aldbourne and back this Saturday.

Although not technically difficult, the ride will include some climbing, including the sweet-sounding Sugar Hill; really – how hard could that possibly be?! There will be a cafe stop in Aldbourne.

Meet by the diving platform at Coate Water ready for a 10.00am start. All are welcome and no-one gets left behind.

Avebury and Earn It

Graham Burgess leads this spin down the Ridgeway to Avebury for coffee and cake… But, you may have to earn the right to have scoffed all that cake on the way back!

Depending on the weather, who turns up, and how sadistic Graham is feeling, there could be the odd “lump” on the return route to Barbury Castle. 😬

All welcome and – despite Graham’s threats – no one will be left behind (he’s a pussycat really).

Bring a working bike, suitable clothing, drink/snacks and some pocket money. Sense of humour optional but strongly advised! 🙄

Meet at Barbury Castle ready for a 10.00am start.