Cycling Lands to Bristol with the Grand Appeal.
Day 1 – Lands End to Liskeard
Liskeard Land’s End is situated on the most south-western tip of England. It’s rocky cliffs and pounding seas make a fabulous backdrop for the obligatory photos before we start! Your journey starts along the dramatic coastline from Land’s End to Penzance, passing the smallest city in England, Truro, before heading inland. Today is mainly undulating but with a few longer climbs and some shorter steep ones! You will overnight in Liskeard. (Meals L, D) Approximate mileage: 78 miles.
Day 2 – Liskeard to Exeter
Following a hearty breakfast, you will cycle across Dartmoor, which is recognised to be the most challenging section of the ride. You will cycle over rolling hills into Devon and through Tavistock, where you have a steep climb onto Dartmoor itself. The views are fabulous if it’s a clear day, though it can often be foggy in this wild part of Southwest England. There are still a few short sharp hills as the road winds its way to the edge of Dartmoor. You will then be rewarded with a decent all the way to Exeter where you will stay overnight. (Meals B, L,D) Approximate mileage: 75 miles
Day 3 – Exeter to Bridgwater
Continuing north today, you will enjoy cycling along mainly on quiet, flat roads, as you cross into Somerset. The route meanders through lovely countryside and small villages enjoying the typically English rural scenery. You will then tackle cycle the Blackdown Hills taking a short break at the Wellington Monument built in honour of the Duke of Wellington. The views from the Monument across the Vale of Taunton to the Bristol Channel and Exmoor are well worth the stop. During the afternoon you will by-pass the town Taunton before arriving at the Historical Market Town of Bridgwater for your overnight stay. (Meals B, L, D) Approximate mileage: 55 miles
Day 4 – Bridgwater to Bristol
Leaving Bridgwater you will cycle towards Cheddar conquering a few short hills however your legs will be pleased to avoid the steep Gorge itself. As you near the Severn Estuary on the approach to the outskirts of Bristol, you will cycle along the River Avon cycle path. This path follows the river into Bristol passing the famous Clifton Suspension Bridge. On reaching the finish line at the Bristol Children’s Hospital, you will be able to celebrate your cycle achievements together with your team-mates. (Meals B, L) Approximate mileage: 45 miles