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North Somerset Coast & Mendip Hills
16th May 2021 - 21st May 2021 (6 days)
A Spring fixed-centre cycling holiday based at a 3* hotel in the seaside town of Weston-super-Mare, suitable for fairly fit leisure cyclists able to ride between 40 - 54 miles each day with no more than 2,300ft of ascent on any ride, predominantly on quiet country lanes and cycle paths with a few short, unavoidable stretches on main roads. There will be rides to the coastal towns of Clevedon/Portishead and Burnham-on-Sea, a ride up Burrington Combe, site of the Rock of Ages, over the Mendip Hills and down Cheddar Gorge and a ride to Wells, the smallest city in England, and its famous 13th-century Cathedral, the moated Bishop's Palace and Vicars' Close.
The Royal Hotel has free parking and is close to the theatre, cinemas, shops and many eateries, and is only 600 feet from the promenade and Grand Pier. The tour is offered on a room with breakfast basis, two sharing. Single rooms may be available at an extra cost.
- Holiday Type Guided
- Tour Manager Pat and John Ashwell
- Grade Moderate
- Booking Status Fully Booked
- Accommodation Hotel
- Board Basis B&B
- Travel Arrangements Land Only
- Road / Off Road Road
- Holiday Style Centre-based
- Vehicle Support Carry Own Luggage
- Holiday Ref 03639
Sunday 16th May
Check in at the Royal Hotel, Weston-super-Mare, anytime after 3pm, where rooms have been reserved on a bed and breakfast basis. There is free parking at the rear of the hotel, and safe storage for bicycles is available. You'll find tea making facilities and a fridge in your room, and there is free wifi. Stay 5 nights. Meals: None
Monday 17th May
Cycle to the small sea-side town of Clevedon, situated on the east shore of the Severn Estuary, with its recently restored Victorian pier and attractive seafront. Further north lies the small town of Portishead, reached via a high road overlooking the Severn Estuary and the Severn Bridge. We'll visit Portishead's Dockland area before returning to Weston-super-Mare via quiet roads and a short stretch of the Strawberry Line Cycle Path. 54 miles (2,027ft total ascent). Meals: B
Tuesday 18th May
Cycle south out of Weston-super-Mare to the seaside town of Burnham-on-Sea then on to coffee at a Somerset cider farm. The route today is via quiet country lanes and a short stretch of cycle path. 40 miles (1,000ft total ascent). Meals: B
Wednesday 19th May
Cycle south along the promenade and cycle path to avoid a busy road, then through quiet villages to Wells, the smallest city in England, with its beautiful cathedral, choristers' cottages and Bishop's Palace. Situated at the southern foot of the Mendip Hills, Wells boasts a bustling Wednesday market in the town square. We'll return to Weston-super-Mare via the Somerset Levels, an area of wetlands and bird life. 51 miles (1,886ft total ascent). Meals: B
Thursday 20th May
Cycle north out of Weston-super-Mare, with sea on one side and Kewstoke Woods on the other, then through quiet villages to Burrington Combe, passing Rock of Ages as we climb 700 ft then cross the scenic Mendip Hills before cycling down the famous Cheddar Gorge. We will return to Weston-super-Mare via the Strawberry Line cycle path and the old small town of Axbridge. 40 miles (2,100ft total ascent). Meals: B
Friday 21st May
Tour ends after breakfast. Meals: B
Meals: B = Breakfast
The above itinerary should be treated as an indication of what is to be accomplished during the tour and not as a contractual obligation.
Accommodation & Meals
On five nights accommodation will be at the 3-star Royal Hotel, Weston-super-Mare, with en-suite facilities, based on two persons sharing. Breakfast is included. Single rooms may be available at an extra cost of £125.
Obtaining travel insurance is optional for UK residents as your Cycling UK membership provides third party cover. However, this does not cover any other risks such as cancellation charges, personal injury or lost property. We therefore strongly recommend that suitable insurance is taken out to safeguard against such risks. Members who do not reside in the UK are not covered for third party and are advised to obtain suitable cover before leaving their normal residence. If you already have an annual policy, you may need to confirm that it will cover a UK holiday or make provision for it to do so.
The price of £350 is based on a minimum number of 12 people taking part in the holiday; please note Booking Conditions, clause 3. If there are insufficient bookings by 7th March 2021, we will contact you and return all monies paid.
- 5 nights hotel, sharing room
- 5 breakfasts
- CTC Cycling Holidays & Tours costs
Price Does Not Include
- Evening meals, lunches or refreshments during the day
- Entry fees at any attractions visited
- Any other personal expenses
- Travel Insurance
- Single occupancy supplement £125, subject to availability
A deposit of £100 per person is payable upon booking, with the final balance of £250 per person to be paid ten weeks prior to departure, by 7th March 2021.
Should you be forced to cancel your booking for any reason you must notify us in writing. Cancellation charges are as follows:
Written notice received:
Before 7th March 2021
From 7th March 2021 through to departure
The Area Covered By The Holiday
Weston-super-Mare, also known as Weston, is a seaside town in Somerset. It lies by the Bristol Channel, 18 miles south west of Bristol, and is easily reached via the M5 motorway or by rail. With its extensive promenade and miles of sand, its main attraction is the Grand Pier. The hotel is close to all amenities, theatre, cinema, park, shops and eateries. Not far from Weston are the Mendip Hills, an area of outstanding natural beauty. We'll cycle into the Mendips to the famous Cheddar Gorge and along its southern flank to Wells, the smallest city in England, with its beautiful cathedral, choristers' cottages and moated Bishop's Palace. We'll return to Weston via the Somerset Levels, an area of wetlands and bird life. Cycling north from Weston will take us to the sea-side town of Clevedon, with its recently renovated pier, and on to Portishead and its lovely marina and dockland area. We'll cycle south of Weston to the small town of Burnham-on-Sea calling at a Somerset Cider farm for coffee.
Rides & Rest Days
This tour is classified as suitable for experienced leisure cyclists capable of riding up to 54 miles per day. The average cycling speed will be between 11 - 13 miles per hour. Roads are generally low-trafficked, although there will be unavoidable short stretches where traffic may be busier, and we will use all-weather compact gravel cycle paths on several occasions. There are some long climbs, but these are well graded. There will be organised/led rides on 4 days. Distances will vary in length from 40 - 54 miles. Two rides will be to sea-side towns situated on the Bristol Channel, and two will take us into the Mendips to the famous Cheddar Gorge and to Wells.
Accommodation & Meals
The tour is based at the Georgian 3* Royal Hotel in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, located close to Weston's promenade and pier, shops, theatre and eateries. Accommodation will be reserved for five nights. Full English and Continental breakfasts are included in your booking. Whilst cycling, we will stop for morning refreshments and, on the two longer rides, for lunch, none of which are included in the cost of the holiday.
Two evening meals at the Royal Hotel will be organised, one on the first night for Tour Manager/group introductions and the other on the last night. The cost of these meals is not included in the price of the holiday and those who wish to eat at the hotel on those evenings will be expected to pay their own bills.
The maximum number of participants will be 15 excluding the Tour Managers.
Weather & Clothing
In May the weather is usually sunny and warm, with cool early mornings and evenings but rain is possible. It is recommended you take warm clothing for evenings and a waterproof cycling jacket and gloves in case of rain.
Cycles & Equipment
A touring cycle, hybrid or lightweight ATB is suitable for this tour. You should ensure your cycle is well maintained, paying particular attention to wheels, tyres and brakes. A low bottom gear (e.g. small chainring the same size or smaller than the largest cog on your rear wheel) is recommended. If you are unsure about gears, please discuss with the Tour Managers. Mudguards are optional but show courtesy to those who are following you in wet weather. You will require a front light whilst cycling through a small tunnel on the Strawberry Line cycle path. 25mm + tyres recommended. Participants will be expected to carry each day sufficient spares and tools to deal with punctures and minor repairs.
You will not need to carry luggage, but a rack top pack or bar bag will be useful for carrying wet weather gear, spare clothing needed for the day, camera, snacks and your routesheets.
Helmets are your personal choice. We recommend hi-vis clothing and rear light.
Maps & Guides
The Tour Manager will provide maps, route sheets, profiles and files for Garmin.
Your Tour Managers will not be staying at the Royal Hotel as they live close by. They will join the group each morning at the rear of the hotel at a pre-arranged time and for the evening meals, which will be arranged at the Royal Hotel on the first and last evenings (these meals are not included in the tour price).