LEJOG – Day 4: Street to Monmouth

We met up with the rest of the group in the town of Glastonbury where we received our early morning briefing on what LEJOG day 4 would entail..

One of the reasons for me to choose an organised LEJOG through Peak Tours is their approach of laying out their routes to follow the national cycle networks (NCN’s) as much as possible so to ensure you’re provided with a much more scenic route as well as steering you away from the busy major roads. Day 4 was a good example of this as we managed to join up following NCN cycle routes through Glastonbury and Wells by following an abandoned old train track.

I stress “scenic routes” which ensures you’re going to be enjoying some fantastic landscapes i.e. hills, and Somerset was not going to disappoint as we climbed to the top of Pen Hill (305 metres above sea level).

By lunchtime, Bristol was in sight and we enjoyed some fantastic cycling as we rode along the cycle network which takes you under the Clifton suspension bridge.

Onwards we went as we rode onto Avonmouth and Aust which is where, we nearly experienced our first full on “Tour de France” group crash after someone (won’t name names) forgot to use some basic hand signals that they were slowing down. Even LEJOG requires you to understand some basic hand signals and I don’t mean the expletive variety!

Picking up the cycle lane, we cycled over the River Severn on the Road bridge and headed into Wales! And guess what Wales had in store for us, yep, cue wind and rain!
Into Wales

After a quick pit-stop on the side of the road to put on waterproofs we continued along the A466 heading towards Monmouth. With the rain getting ever worse and the wind picking up, we could think of nothing better than to stop for an ice cream and sample the delights of Tintern Abbey. This LEJOG tour was definitely allowing us to experience all the true British weather.

Tintern Abbey

The final 12 or so miles of LEJOG day 4 seemed to last forever as the rain continued to batter down onwards to Monmouth and, as a group headed into town to Pizza Express for much needed food and beer!

Monmouth

I would like to thank you for taking the time to read my LEJOG Blog. I hope you’ve found it interesting and feel free to post your thoughts and comments. Once again, thank you for visiting Simon’s LEJOG blog



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