Cycle Across Wessex

A challenge.  Linking (some of) our branches.

The event took place over two days: Bath to Salisbury, Monday 11th June, and Salisbury to Southampton, on Tuesday 12th June, 2018.

Chris Robinson and Jamie Roberts (both of whom have had fundoplication surgery), took part.

The idea was prompted by the Hayling Cycle Ride organisation with whom Chris has previously cycled through France and Holland on sponsored rides. Each year they also provide a two day "Channel to Channel" ride from Bristol to Hayling Island overnighting at Salisbury.

With Barrett's Wessex branches now in Bath and Salisbury, a cycle ride to link these cities and the home base in Southampton looked like a possible project that could potentially raise awareness and sponsorship funds and provide a fitting valedictory to Chris's chairmanship.

Chris has previously cycled through France, Holland, Vietnam, Cambodia, Peru and Myanmar on cycle challenges but health issues recently led to his abandoning his normal bike (hopefully temporarily) for a power assisted electric bike which would be unsuitable for the more exotic challenges but would accommodate this suggestion but hopes he may achieve this on his "ordinary" bicycle.

It was not a race but a leisurely cycle.

Starting at Prior Park Garden Centre, where Barrett's Bath hold their drop-in sessions, via Salisbury to end at Haskins Garden Centre at Swaythling, where Barrett's Wessex hold their Southampton drop-in sessions, the total distance is around 70 miles in total tackled over two days.
Most of the route is along quiet roads or cycle paths but there may be a few short stretches of main road.


Day 1 Bath to Salisbury: 

The route took them through the Combe Down tunnel (Britain's longest cycle tunnel a mile in length). 

Departing Prior Park garden Centre, the venue of Barrett's Bath drop-ins a few minutes from Bath Spa station, about 11:00 am, they stopped for lunch in Warminster before continuing on to Wilton House Garden Centre, where we have previously had a couple of Barrett's Salisbury drop-in events, and then on to stay overnight in Salisbury.

(Image courtesy of Sustrans)

Day 2 Salisbury to Southampton:
Leaving Salisbury about 11:00am they cyclde to Haskins garden centre, Swaythling, where we hold our Southampton Drop-ins,stopping for lunch in Romsey along the way.