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Road, gravel and MTB rides from the Blue Earth Summit

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Road, gravel and MTB rides from the Blue Earth Summit

Bike Touring Collection by Blue Earth Summit

6

Tours

17:20 h

158 mi

7,625 ft

Visiting the Blue Earth Summit with your bike and keen to get better acquainted with the city of Bristol and the gorgeous countryside that surrounds the city? This Collection of road, gravel and mountain biking Tours is for you.

With so much great riding with the Cotswolds to the north, flat(ish) lanes out towards the coast to the west, the Mendip Hills to the south and Wiltshire lanes to the east, Bristol cyclists are spoilt for choice — not to mention having a mountain biking trail centre right in the city!

All Tours start and finish either from Propyard or The Wave, but of course you can tailor to suit. The main train station is at Bristol Temple Meads, a short ride from Propyard, and there are many local stations in and around Bristol too, if you fancy skipping the more urban riding to head straight out into the countryside.

The Bristol to Bath Railway Path is a must for cyclists visiting Bristol, and featured in a few of these Tours; Sustrans' first project converting this old railway line to a tree-lined path. It's now used by a huge number of cyclists and walkers alike to enjoy a peaceful, traffic-free corridor through the city.

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Tours & Highlights

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    Ashton Court mountain bike trails from Propyard

    Difficult
    01:26
    12.8 mi
    9.0 mph
    725 ft
    725 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    Brought a mountain bike and looking for a way to let off steam? This lap of the blue-rated Nova trail at nearby Ashton Court is a great option, and easy to ride to from Central Bristol too.

    

    The Ride Bristol volunteering team have been doing a lot of work recently to maintain the trails here, and it shows

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  • Difficult
    04:50
    39.4 mi
    8.2 mph
    1,700 ft
    1,700 ft
    Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    The northern half of the mega Bristol Green Belt 360 gravel loop, this still poses a chunky challenge.

    

    The Tour will take you through fields, estates, back lanes and gravel tracks around the north of Bristol and straight through the middle of the city on cycle tracks and mountain bike trails.

    

    There aren

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  • Intermediate
    03:20
    32.9 mi
    9.9 mph
    1,375 ft
    1,375 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Fancy a trip to the seaside, and maybe even a dip? This Bristol classic route heads out west to the Severn estuary where you can see both the North Devon and South Wales coastlines.

    

    Enjoy cycle paths on Festival Way and flat lanes on your way out to Clevedon Marine Lake, a pool filled by the tide where

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  • Intermediate
    02:46
    25.8 mi
    9.3 mph
    875 ft
    875 ft
    Intermediate gravel ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Heading out of the city of Bristol to the north-east, this short Tour takes in some of the closest byways and bridleways in the green belt, made easily accessible thanks to the Bristol to Bath Path, a traffic-free way out of the centre of the city.

    

    The length, accessibility and easy nature of this Tour

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  • Intermediate
    03:19
    29.3 mi
    8.8 mph
    1,425 ft
    1,425 ft
    Intermediate gravel ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may be unpaved and difficult to ride.

    This is a really hilly loop that doesn't go far from Bristol but links up a lot of brilliant off-road segments from rocky byways to farm tracks, all connected by pretty, quiet back lanes.

    

    The last part is straight back into Bristol city along the Bristol to Bath Path, which you may be glad of after the

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  • Intermediate
    01:40
    18.0 mi
    10.8 mph
    1,525 ft
    1,525 ft
    Intermediate road ride. Good fitness required. Mostly well-paved surfaces and easy to ride.

    Love hills? A popular site for Bristol grimpeurs, Dundry is a must, situated just to the south of the city with many different routes up.

    

    Some are steeper, some a little more loose, all a challenge! Having said that, the views over the city from the top are absolutely spectacular, and make getting your

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    6
  • Distance
    158 mi
  • Duration
    17:20 h
  • Elevation
    7,625 ft

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