Ross on Wye from Severn Bridge

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Ross on Wye from Severn Bridge

Postby mnichols » 14 Apr 2014, 9:38pm

Hi,

I'll be cycling over the Severn Bridge to Ross on Wye at the weekend and then back a couple of days later. Lots of great looking routes, either through the Forest of Dean, along the Wye, through Tintern and Monmouth or Symons Yat

Any locals got a must do route, know a website or can recommend a favorite?

I like a good hill climb, but will be doing plenty getting through Bath on the way so its not a must

Thanks

Martin

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Re: Ross on Wye from Severn Bridge

Postby fausto copy » 14 Apr 2014, 11:26pm

Hi Martin, we're not local but have done quite a bit of touring there.
A couple of weeks ago we cycled from Symonds Yat down to Goodridge (you'd be returning the opposite way though).
From there we did a couple of different routes, one cracker was from Goodrich up to Ruardean and over the Pludds.
From there we passed the Cannop Cycle centre and took the forest trail back to Parkend.
There's a lovely pull up to Bream and St.Briavels and from there some lovely countryside all the way back down to Chepstow.

We were also told that there's a new route opened alongside the Wye fron Symonds Yat to Monmouth, known as the Peregrine Trail. Monmouth back to Chepstow's not so lovely though.

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Re: Ross on Wye from Severn Bridge

Postby mnichols » 16 Apr 2014, 7:38am

Thanks. Are those on road routes suitable for a carbon road bike?

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Re: Ross on Wye from Severn Bridge

Postby mattsccm » 16 Apr 2014, 1:26pm

Several ways from Chepstow north. From East to West. Avoid A48. by local standards fast and busy. Next (2) is over the Wye bridge to Tutshill and thence St Briavels. Keep going to Coleford then either vaguely NW down over Simonds Yat then Gooodrich and Ross Or Coleford to Lydbrook and Ross.
3rd routes is up the Wye valley. this can be busy although its mot A48 busy. To Bigsweir or Redbrook allows a climb back into the forest meeting route 2 at some point. You could continue to Monmouth then up to Staunton and meet route 2.7
A 4th option is to climb from Chepstow to Devauden and along the ridge through Trelleck, dropping to Monmouth.
I'd say route 2 with variations. Try St Briavels to Bream, Parkend, Drybrook, Ross.Thats where I go from home in Bream.
cycle hire/shop and café's at Parkend and Cannop. Good food at Parkend. The Fountain inn is home to the local cycle club

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Re: Ross on Wye from Severn Bridge

Postby fausto copy » 16 Apr 2014, 4:57pm

mnichols wrote:Thanks. Are those on road routes suitable for a carbon road bike?


We found the road surfaces OK apart from a couple of large deep potholes which you couldn't miss spotting.
If you've got low enough gears or a good pair of legs then the hills will hold no problems for you.

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Re: Ross on Wye from Severn Bridge

Postby tatanab » 16 Apr 2014, 5:13pm

mattsccm wrote:A 4th option is to climb from Chepstow to Devauden and along the ridge through Trelleck, dropping to Monmouth.
A few years ago when I lived near Newport, that was a favourite of mine but in the opposite direction. A stiff but enjoyable climb from Mitchel Troy.

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Re: Ross on Wye from Severn Bridge

Postby mnichols » 17 Apr 2014, 11:11am

Thanks everyone

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Re: Ross on Wye from Severn Bridge

Postby mnichols » 17 Apr 2014, 3:10pm

mattsccm wrote: cycle hire/shop and café's at Parkend and Cannop. Good food at Parkend. The Fountain inn is home to the local cycle club


Is there a cafe at Cannop Ponds? I might meet the wife and kids there

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Re: Ross on Wye from Severn Bridge

Postby mattsccm » 19 Apr 2014, 1:50pm

The café is at the cycle hire place.
Pedalabikeaway. 1/2 mile towards Ross from the Cannop cross roads. Nasty tea van at the ponds. Or there is a poncy café at Beechenhurst, the FC site about the same distance from the X roads towards Cinderford.

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Re: Ross on Wye from Severn Bridge

Postby fausto copy » 19 Apr 2014, 8:30pm

mattsccm wrote:The café is at the cycle hire place.
Or there is a poncy café at Beechenhurst, .


Would never have thought of it as poncy.......

...but they wouldn't serve me a glass of water for my grand-daughter.
Not because it was poncy Evian or anything; no, they were adamant the water wasn't safe to drink from the tap. :shock:

By the way, there's an even better café that's only recently opened in Parkend.
it's in the Post Office / Shop and they're lovely people that run it.


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