Salisbury and the Seaside – SW Day 2

Today was probably the best bike ride I’ve been on.

Woke up in Hungerford to one of those slightly hazy bright skies that you know is going to be a scorcher… and it was!

After a hearty cooked breakfast, I left at 9.20am and headed south through the Wessex Downs. It wasn’t long before a bumped into Pewsey Velo on their Saturday club run. The scenery was rolling and open…

   
   
30 miles later I dropped into Salisbury. Spent a bit of time on the ring road before finding my way up to the cathedral. 

I hooked up with my old mate Tony Rimmer who had trained it up from Dorchester to ride with me in the afternoon. 

We were then met by Canon Ian Woodward for a photo outside the cathedral which is easily one of my favourites so far. It is simply stunning and I couldn’t stop taking photos. I think it’s the setting too… the cathedral close is just idyllic…

   
    
     

 
We then headed off for a healthy lunch at the Museum Cafe via a quick look at Ted Heath’s house. Nice lunch but hot and too many wasps!

  
   
The afternoon route took as across Cranbourne Chase which was beautiful and a bit like the land that time forgot. Quiet villages with quaint pubs and a maze of tree lines country lanes. I can honestly say that this section of the ride was some of the most enjoyable biking I’ve ever riden…

   
    
 
The high point (literally!) and hardest section was the climb out of Bulbarrow. This was a tough climb by any standards and I was straining out of the saddle in bottom gear for most of it, but it was worth it for the amazing views west…

   
 
We then headed downhill to Milton Abbas and finally to Dorchester where Tony lives…

   

   
After a quick bite, I decided to push on and do some more miles. I took the A35 towards Bridport, a rolling road with some sharp climbs but lovely descents. 

I decided to ride down to the coast at West Bay (Broadchurch!) to end the ride and so glad I did! It was a glorious evening. 

After that, I headed into Bridport for a well earned pint of the local ale, Palmer’s, at The George. 

   

    
  

 
Seems crazy to say this but I know that the first two days have been easy in comparison to what’s coming! Tomorrow I head towards Exeter via Dartmoor and then Cornwall with its endless hills……

Off to South West!

Right then folks, I’m off shortly to complete the South West route of my Cathedral Cycle Tour which will take me all the way to Truro and back.

Here is a rough map of my intended 720 mile route….

south-west-route-map

On this leg I will be visiting….

Oxford Cathedral (Christ Church)
Salisbury Cathedral
Exeter Cathedral
Truro Cathedral
Wells Cathedral
Bristol Cathedral
Gloucester Cathedral
Hereford Cathedral
Birmingham Cathedral
Coventry Cathedral

I hope to average about 100 miles per day, but it may be less than that when I get into the Devon and Cornwall due to the amount of hills! So, I’m hoping that the trip will take 8-9 days in total.

I will be experimenting with a tracking app on this trip, so that people can get an idea of where I am in real time. Here is the link….

https://www.followmee.com/mapx.aspx?token=e9633324-b6a1-4b81-a2a2-052965797385

I will do my best to update with pictures as I travel round! If anyone wants to join me for a few miles on my way round then you would be more than welcome.