Plains, Trains & no more Automobiles


211km cycling event starting from Warmley, Bristol. Controls at Blunsdon Stn, Boyton and The Hollybush, Bridgeyate., plus 2 information controls.

The 2nd Great Western Randonnée is back for the Equinox. Salisbury Plain, Heritage Railways, & neolithic Avebury, Woodhenge & Stonehenge. A few #wills_hills at the end for good measure! NEW route for a quieter finish

Interactive map available through corresponding event in web link. ============================================================ Departing from Warmley you'll head east scaling the Cotswold escarpment for a gentle cruise through Malmesbury to the Whistlestop Cafe at Blunsdon Station. Then south through Avebury's earthern works and stone circle, over the Pewsey Downs for stunning views across the Vale and down Wiltshire's Avon valley. Turning west onto Salisbury Plain you'll visit the lesser known neolithic site of Woodhenge first before using a 1km section of byway to approach Stonehenge giving you amasing views; you can get quite close to the stones here without paying to take in their time defying presence. Having made your way between tumulii using the old main road you then continue across the Plain to the wonderful Wylye valley and Ginny's Cafe at The Ginger Piggery. Into Somerset you'll pass Cranmore Station where you have the option to stop within normal opening hours, then heading north, save a bit for this section as you'll have a few #wills_hills in succession. ============================================================== The start is easily accessible from Bristol on bike via the Railway Path. There is a small free car park with height barrier. All being good Warmley Waiting Room will be open early especially. Public toilets should be open from 06:30. The finish will be about a mile away at The Hollybush Inn serving food all afternoon for cyclists. The 1km byway approaching Stonehenge is a firm surface, it has some large embedded flints to begin and potholes to end but just go slow and enjoy the scenery. It was easily navigated in March on 25mm tyres.

Event Date and Location

200 km (211 km) in 14h04
08:00 to finish by 22:04
Starting from:
Warmley, Bristol
Closing Date:
Wed 08 Jul 2020
Please Note:
This is an updated event - the date has changed

PARENTAL CONSENT is required for entrants under 18 years of age. We are currently unable to accept online entries for non-member riders under the age of 18. If you are under 18, please complete a postal entry. Parents should note the information on the entry form and be aware that this is an individual ride without leaders.

Event Information

15-30 km/h
Audax Club Bristol
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Organiser Information

Will Pomeroy

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Plains, Trains & no more Automobiles

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