I've ridden quite a lot around those parts, here are some bits:
The first part of this
route gives you a lovely ~25 miles from Oxford largely in the direction you need.
This is a day I rode on a LEJOG a few years back, a lovely ride between Monmouth and Chepstow, but the REAL highlight (one of the top bits of the entire LEJOG) was riding Hay Bluff in the black mountains, ideally you wan to route it so you come from south to north into Hay, but either way, it's just an absolute stunner of a road and the scenery is unexpectedly dramatic.
This was the preceding day on LEJOG including Cheddar - the Somerset levels before Cheddar were surprisingly charming and the Mendips up at the top were absolutely stunning and really quiet, thoroughly recommend.
That Bristol to Hay route is very similar to one I've done that was an all time favourite day on a bike, absolutely beautiful scenery round there and lovely riding. I think my decision to go that way was based on someone saying they'd gone that way as part of a LEJOG ride, not sure if you or someone else on here!
If you near Haye, you must go over Gospel Pass, one of the most unforgettable routes in the UK
That's the route I've linked to above - absolutely stunning!
Ha, very probably, I do tend to evangelise about that day....
This is great stuff, cheers all!
@owl - Looks like I can borrow heavily from your LEJOG route all the way from Hay to Cheddar Gorge. I did LEJOG this time last year and did similar route from Chepstow to Monmouth but following the river more closely. (We headed north from Monmouth towards Hereford.)
Re: Severn Bridge-to-Mendips, I don't know that part of the world very well. Would you recommend your route through Bristol rather than bypassing via Portishead/Clevedon? Is it a bit industrial along there? I did go through Bristol on LEJOG, but just following the Bath-Bristol cycle path and turning right at Avonmouth.
If you don't have to go into/through Bristol I'd probably avoid it. I was just going to stay with a mate that night! Personally I reckon I'd draw route around the SW side, taking in Clifton suspension bridge (because why not) and then up into the Mendips....
I have a friend in Antibes and was thinking of doing some kind of cycle trip to his in October, hopefully not more than 2/3 full days cycling to give me some time to hang out with him and then back to the UK. Is this reasonable? What should I look into for getting there? Any cool spots to ride on 35-40mm tyres?
Having ridden it, I completely understand why and have since done the same!
By some lucky coincidence, joining up @owl's route between Hay-on-Wye and Chepstow with the Google recommended route from Malvern to Hay-on-Wye adds up to just over my 90-miles target for the day
(with a couple of nice big lumps to get over along the way). Will run it by my Malvern mate to see what he makes of the first bit, then crack on planning the rest. Thanks again for the input so far.
Looks like a great day on the bike mate! There's a lovely pub around the 70mile mark, which may be of interest...
I'm always open to a good pub recommendation, especially if the biggest climb is already out of the way. :) My mate's also pitched in with an improved route over the Malvern hills. Getting there...
This one: https://www.thecrownatpantygelli.com/ - I was going the other way, so got a lunch and a pint before the climb...
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