Day 11 - Bridgewater to Devizes

Posted by: Rob on 01/08/2019

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Distance: 70.81 mi

01/08/2019 07:23:38 BST

Elev. gain: 2243.11 ft

Total time: 9:05:25

Riding time: 6:50:56

Ave. temp: 64.40 °F

Ave. speed: 10.34 mph

Max speed: 25.28 mph

Ave. power: 0.08 hp

Energy ex.: 6558.03 Btu

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677.10 mi
A long hot one!
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I awoke to the gentle sounds of the M5 fairly early, so got up and got going. It was a cool but sunny morning and looking to warm up once the sun got up properly.

I made my way back to NCN3 to follow that as far as Wells. It was pretty easy going on a mixture of quiet roads and the odd dedicated cycle path. 

I was pretty hungry by the time I got to Glastonbury, but couldn't face the town centre, so ate a couple of flapjacks I had left over from yesterday.

Once I got to Wells I stopped off at a Greggs for a big baguette thing and a coffee. I then fought my way out of the town centre and hit a road that would take me to Radstock where I could pick up NCN24 which in turn would take me to NCN4 which is what I wanted to take me east.

The idea of taking this road was to avoid an unnecessary loop through Bath. 

I didn't realise, but this road took me from not much above sea level to over 800ft! It was fairly gradual though, so no problem. It also meant I had a massive long downhill to Radstock.

Once there, I picked up the 24 as planned. This was very pleasant and took me up and down some hills through some nice villages. I stopped at a village shop for supplies. The lady also gave me some bananas. They were too ripe to sell, but were fine if consumed straight away. Which I did!

I knew at the next village there was a turn I needed to take to cut out the Bath loop. But somehow I missed it!

I was distracted by some really cool tunnels. The first one was really long and spooky. It was then immediately followed by another slightly shorter one. 

It was at this point that I remembered I should have turned off! I did a quick location check and realised I'd overshot the turning by about 3 miles!

I thought about turning back, but it would be all uphill and I was almost in Bath. It couldn't be much further to go through Bath, right?

To cut a long story short, it was! It was most annoying as it set me back at least an hour - probably more and it was a nightmare navigating through the city. 

Anyway, when I eventually got onto NCN4 I just smashed it. Head down gritting my teeth... 

I was just moaning to myself when something - a wasp perhaps - tried to crawl into my mouth! In my desperation to get rid of it, I veered slightly left on the very narrow path and went straight into a thorny hedge!

I scraped my arm and leg and it hurt! But I just carried on like nothing had happened incase anyone had seen me!

I still had a good 12 miles or so to go to where I wanted to camp near Devizes, so just got on with it.

I found the site no problem. It's right by Caen locks and I've stayed here before. It's a lovely sunny evening and I've showered and eaten already, so I might go for a little walk along the canal. 

Not sure of my plan for tomorrow. If I crack on and get close enough to London, that will be my last stop before home. If I go the wrong way again I'll need another day to get home! 


Cycle path by river
Frogeye Sprite!
Glastonbury Tor in the distance
Dulcote Castle. Not much left of it!
Sculpture on underside of bridge. Gave me a shock - thought it was a dead body!
There are loads of these guiding you to the Tor at Glastonbury
View from a bridge
Baby canal
In scary tunnel!
Start of Caen locks
A chicken and veg broth
Some locks
My pitch

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  Oscars Dad on 03/08/2019

Love the scary tunnel photo!

  mikej on 02/08/2019

Did the ducks form part of your meal? We stayed at a campsite in Devizes once with the caravan - probably the same one. All best and see you soon

  Karen on 01/08/2019

That sculpture is really weird!