Sunday, 25 July 2010

Village Pump – Day 3

Bit warmer today than the previous days – up to 24 degrees with a bit of a westerly wind.  Mix of sun and cloud.  Today, decided to cycle from Holt to Devizes along the Kennet and Avon Canal towpath past Caen Locks then cycle around Devizes a bit then back to Holt.  Cycling on the Towpath was very pleasant, more or less had it to myself until Caen Locks when it became full of (apparently deaf) pedestrians and Quad Bikers.  Also a bit unusual cycling up a reasonable hill next to a canal – still there are 16 locks all in a row.


At the beginning of Caen Hill Locks

Then a bit of a cycle ride around Devizes with a quick stop opposite the Wadsworth Brewery (fantastic beer)


Outside Wadsworth Brewery, Devizes, Wiltshire

Then it was back to Holt via Bowerhill, Hilperton and Staverton.  Seemed to be uphill all the way and cycling into a fairly strong headwind.  Still good for keeping fit.

Back to London this evening so end of this bit of cycling for now.

Vital Statistics : Distance 38.7Km, Duration 2hrs 19 mins, Average Speed 16.7Km/h

Google Earth KML file here : 25 July 2010

Saturday, 24 July 2010

Village Pump – Day 2

Staying at the Tollgate Inn in Holt (fantastic pub with great food) so easy access to the Kennet and Avon canal – and the path that runs alongside it.

Tollgate Holt

Picture of Pub and garden at the back

Bit cloudy today but reasonably warm and have a bit of time so decided to go for a bit of a longer run.  Basically onto the Canal towpath at Staverton and follow the path to Bath.  Then back to Holt via Bradford on Avon and back to Holt.  Route is a bit hilly between Limpley Stoke and Bradford on Avon but coped reasonably well.  Must still have some fitness left over from Big Wheel trip

Vital Statistics : Distance 37.4Km, Duration 2h 15mins, Average Speed 16.5km/h

Google Earth KML file here : 24 July 2010

Friday, 23 July 2010

Village Pump Folk Festival – Trowbridge, Wilts

A week or so ago I bought a set of roof bars and a cycle mounting kit for my car.  Having fitted it a few days ago, I had my first experience of driving with a bicycle on the roof – it makes an awful noise at motorway speeds.  Anyway….

We are down in Wiltshire for the Village Pump Folk Festival at Trowbridge Wiltshire.  Not my scene so I go cycling.  Not a lot of time today so only time for a short run along the Kennet and Avon canal.  Weather is good so finally got away late afternoon.  This is also my first real cycle run after the Big Wheel trip – 700Km London to Angers in the Loire Valley France.

Vital Statistics : Duration 48 mins, Distance 14.8km, Average Speed 19.2Km/h

KML File (Google Earth) here : 23 July 2010