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My pier-to-pier & bridge-to-bridge mini-adventure by bike

Laura Kennington

My pier-to-pier & bridge-to-bridge mini-adventure by bike

Bike Touring Collection by Laura Kennington



29:39 h

376 mi

14,300 ft

A 400 mile mini-adventure in two parts! First up, from Brighton Pier to Clevedon Pier on the Severn Estuary, then from Bristol's Clifton Suspension Bridge back to the majestic Tower Bridge in Central London.

I really like bridges and I’m quite fond of piers, too… I think we can all see how this particular challenge came to be! Any excuse, right?

I planned the route to go from my front door in Essex, meaning that I didn’t need to use public transport at any point. Face mask packed and riding solo – it was the safest and most responsible way I could think to complete an adventure under the current circumstances.

The complete Tour was six days in total, with four days of riding to tick off the Brighton and Clevedon Piers and then the last two days were spent riding from Brunel's Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol back to Tower Bridge in London, and then back home to Essex.

I love exploring the UK, and this Tour comes highly recommended if you're looking for a fun mini UK adventure or staycation. So many beautiful country lanes and such gorgeous views!


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Pier-to-pier & bridge-to-bridge

380 mi

12,600 ft

12,575 ft

Last updated: December 7, 2021


  1. Day 1: Essex to Crawley — Pier-to-pier & bridge-to-bridge

    56.2 mi
    12.7 mph
    1,750 ft
    1,475 ft

    Rolling through Rainham Marshes Nature Reserve makes for a peaceful start to this challenge! It’s a haven for all kinds of wildlife; birds, water voles, dragonflies and more. It’s also part of the Thames Estuary so you’ll get a glimpse of the river as you roll through. There are dedicated cycle paths


  2. The first pier of the Pier2Pier challenge; Brighton! Brighton Palace Pier is a Grade II listed pleasure pier. Opened in 1899, it was the third pier to be constructed in Brighton after the Royal Suspension Chain Pier and the West Pier, but is now the only one still in operation.


    The Palace Pier was constructed


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  4. A shorter day at 45 miles (72 km), but beautiful nonetheless. Lots of today was spent rolling through tree tunnels and quiet lanes. Colour of the day? Definitely green!


    One for the history enthusiasts: you’ll pass by Titchfield Abbey on this Tour, an English Heritage site. The ruins of a 13th century


  5. The second (and final) pier of the #LKPier2Pier challenge; Clevedon! The Clevedon Pier was built in the Victorian era to receive paddle steamer passengers from Devon and Wales. It was described by Sir John Betjeman, as 'the most beautiful pier in England' and was designated a Grade I listed building


  6. With the two piers ticked off, the #LKBridge2Bridge Challenge began, with one of my all time favourite bridges first… The Clifton Suspension Bridge!


    This bridge opened in 1864, spanning the Avon Gorge and the River Avon, linking Clifton in Bristol to Leigh Woods in North Somerset. Designed by Isambard


  7. The second and final day of the #LKBridgetoBridge challenge was back to the iconic Tower Bridge in London.


    Tower Bridge is a combined bascule and suspension bridge in London, built between 1886 and 1894. The bridge consists of two towers, tied together at the upper level by two horizontal walkways, designed


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Collection Stats

  • Tours
  • Distance
    376 mi
  • Duration
    29:39 h
  • Elevation
    14,300 ft

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