Graham Burgess will lead us around Cheddar Gorge (Cheese and Crackers – geddit?) and the Mendip Hills, following a route used several times before on Club outings, most recently in March this year.
The route is only around 21 miles, but don’t be fooled into thinking it will be a breeze! The climbs are sharp and some of the descents are loose, rocky and a bit exciting, especially if it’s wet on the day (sense of humour strongly advised). There is always the option of walking a few bits if you don’t fancy your chances.
The route starts from the Swan Inn, Rowberrow and quickly heads off-road into a bit of a woodland climb followed by a long, fast rocky descent all the way down into Cheddar where we can stop for a quick cuppa (last chance saloon until end of ride).
Then it’s off up the Gorge road climb – which is steady but long – and onto the top of the gorge then all the way back down again on another fast, rocky, rooty little number. This might not come as a surprise, but… it’s then another big climb back up onto the moors (expect to see wild ponies) for some more fun before the last descent back down again towards Rowberrow.
The pub at the start/finish serves excellent food for post ride refreshments – highly recommend is the Ploughman’s Lunch.
Whilst not really a novice ride due to the climbs and technical descents, the ride is open to anyone who feels like a challenge; no-one will be left behind and we can have plenty of stops as needed.
Be there and ready to ride for a 10.00am departure. Bring food and drink, appropriate clothing for a day’s ride (it can be exposed up on top of the hills) and spares.