Club Runs

We meet every Sunday at Yeovil Recreation Ground, Mudford Road Entrance (at the end of Chilton Grove) for a Club run.

There are two or three runs, we all meet at 9 o'clock, and the rides depart at about 9.10. The groups try to meet for a coffee stop around 10:45 and then return to Yeovil between 12:30 and 1pm.

The long ride will cover approx 60 miles at a pace to suit those present, but around 18-20mph average. It is intended for the fitter and more experienced rider who may be competing in road races or time trials, but it is not competitive! This usually stops for coffee.

The medium ride is a social run and will cover approx 50 miles, at a pace to suit the majority of the group. This group definitely stops for refreshments at the midpoint.

The short ride is a intended for new riders, or those wanting a leisurely ride. Run at a slower pace, it will cover about 35 to 40 miles.

Once a month there is a longer ride in addition to those above. This will return to Yeovil at a later time than the other runs.

The rides vary each week, they use the quieter A roads and the wealth of country lanes – if they are in a suitable condition – that abound in Somerset and Dorset. The list of destinations for the next few weeks can be seen below.

Saturday Morning club runs. We now have a bike ride every Saturday, run by Tory. Starting at 8:00am and finishing by 10am. The rides will start and end at Southwest Bicycle Works (The Old Twine Works, 42 East Street, West Coker, BA22 9BG). There is car parking for those that want to drive out to join the ride. The rides will be on the country lanes around West Coker and Yeovil, will be approximately 20 to 25 miles long and at an easy to moderate pace. Whilst the rides are aimed at beginners experienced riders are welcome too. For further information call Tory on 01935 862906.

Thursday all-day runs We now have a long Thursday ride (it used to run under the auspices of the now defunct Blackmore Vale and Yeo Valley CTC group). The rides are long, but not very fast by Sunday morning standards.
The rides all start from Palmers Garden Centre at 9.30am. There is normally a designated leader arranged beforehand. Some riders may be there from 9am for pre-ride coffee. In the summer the rides last all day (9.30 – 5.00pm) and cover 60 miles and above. In the winter it's generally a morning ride of around 40 miles.
There is usually a coffee stop after 20 miles a lunch stop at half way and sometimes a tea stop as well, although this is not usual.
The destinations are not chosen by Martin WIlls, although some of the longer club runs do get incorporated. Regular participants submit a route to the calendar, which is circulated to the group on Garmin. These rides generally attract around 8 to 12 riders but 16 is not unknown. The norm is for those attending to ride together throughout, although occasionally it may be decided en route that a ride will separate into two groups taking different route options, each with a designated leader, re-joining at agreed locations.

Guidance You should have the following with you when you are out and about, whether alone or on a club ride. A good pump and a couple of spare tubes, plus some decent tyre levers. Don't forget you need the right tubes (valves) if you are riding deep section rims. A mobile phone is a good idea. More essential is some identity and emergency contact details. You can get professional ID tags quite cheaply or simply print out the information and carry it in a plastic bag with your tubes, don't forget to include any relevant medical information. If you have the misfortune to come off then this really could be the most important thing in your pocket. Your YCC membership card now carries your Emergency contact details

Below is a runs list, for the Thursday and Sunday rides. Although the destination is predetermined if the weather conditions, or other circumstances dictate, it may be changed on the morning. If the destination has a link the showing clicking on it will take you to a Garmin route.

Date Destination Routes Coffee Stop
September 2017
3 Colyton Long     Station cafe
  Chard   Med   The Barley Mow
  Chard     Short Potting Shed Cafe
7 Portland Long   Cafe Hendover in Dorchester first stop. Lobster Pot on Portland Bill. Abbots Tearooms in Cerne on the way back
10 Shepton Mallet   Med   Dobbies Garden Centre
  Sparkford     Short Haynes Motor Museum
17 Maunsel Lock   Med Short Canal Centre Cafe
21 Hestercombe Long    
24 Red Post Challenge Long     Potting Shed Cafe Chard, Hamish Farm Shop, Ryme Intrinsica
  Broadwindsor   Med Short Craft Centre
October 2017
1 Club Hill Climb at High Ham     Short Ride out from Mudford Rec and those who want a long ride can carry on from there. Coffee at Kelways afterwards
5          
8 Hill Cimb is postponed last week        
  Shearwater Long     Lakeside Garden Centre or Bargate Tea Rooms
  Stourhead   Med   NT Cafe
  Cole     Short Cole Manor Tea Rooms
15 Colyton Long     Station Cafe
  Chard   Med   The Barley Mow Farm Shop Cafe
  Chard     Short Chard Garden Centre Cafe
19          
22 West Bay   Med   The Watch House Cafe
  Broadwindsor     Short Craft Centre
29 Wells   Med   Cafe 21
  Godney     Short Double Gate Farm
November 2017
2          
5 Pyrland   Med   Bike Barn
  North Curry     Short Community Cafe
12 East Stour   Med   Udder Farm Shop Cafe
  Stalbridge     Short Dikes Supermarket Cafe
16          
19 Moreton Long     Old School Room Cafe
  Dorchester   Med   Hendover Cafe
  Cerne Abbas     Short Abbotts Tea Rooms
26 East Horrington   Med   Rocky Mountain Garden Centre Cafe
  Langport     Short Kelways Garden Centre Cafe
30          
December 2017
3 Westhay   Med   Sweets Tea Rooms
  Street     Short Clarks Village Cafe
10 Wincanton   Med Short Otter Nursery Cafe
14          
17 Christmas rides to The Prince of Wales Pub on Ham Hill   Med Short Pre order your bacon baps!!!
24 Ryme Intrinsica   Med   Hamish Farm Shop
  Sherborne     Short Castle Garden Centre Cafe
28          
31 Glastonbury   Med Short Whatever is open

 

Routes

Below are links for a variety of the popular club run destinations, this list is a work in progress so will be continually expanded over the coming months.

Destination Garmin Routes
100 mile route Long    
Barrington Court Long Medium Short
Beer/Seaton Long    
Broadwindsor Long Medium Short
Bruton Long Medium Short
Burnham Long Medium Short
Burrow Farm Long    
Burton Bradstock Long Medium Short
Cerne Abbas Long Medium Short
Chard Long Medium Short
Charmouth   Medium  
Cheddar Gorge Long Medium Short
Cole Manor   Medium  
Corfe Castle Long Med Short
Coxley Long Medium Short
Dorchester Long Medium Short
Drayton Long Medium Short
East Stour   Medium  
East Horrington Long Medium Short
Fenny Castle Long Medium Short
Godney     Short
Glastonbury Long Medium Short
Hardys Cottage   Medium  
Hazelbury Bryan   Medium  
Hestercombe Long Medium Short
Higher Beckhampton   Medium  
Horton Cross, Ilminster Long    
Langport Long Medium Short
Lulworth Cove Long Medium Short
Lytchette Matravers Long    
Martinstown   Medium  
Milborne Port Long Medium Short

Moreton

Long Medium Short
North Curry Long Medium Short
North Newton Long Medium Short
Portland Bill Long    
Pylle Long Medium Short
Quantock Hills   Medium  
Red Post Challenge Long    
Seaton Long Medium Short
Shaftesbury Long Medium Short
Sharpham Long Medium Short
Shearwater Long Medium  
Shepton Mallet   Medium  
Sherborne Long Medium Short
Shillingstone Long Medium Short
Somerton Long Medium Short
Sparkford     Short
Stalbridge Long Medium Short
Stourhead Long Medium Short
Street Long Medium Short
Wells Long Medium Short
West Bay Long Medium Short
Westhay Long Medium Short
Wellington Monument Long Medium Short
Wincanton Long Medium Short

Recommended coffee stops open on Sunday

Town Name Comments
Rating
Broadwindsor Craft Centre Good selection of cakes and drinks
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Burcott Paper mill Good selection of cakes and drinks, but only open from 11am.
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Cole Manor Cafe Good selection of cakes and drinks
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Cerne Abbas Abbots Good choice, seasonal opening
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Chard (west on A30) Barley Mow Farm Shop Good selection of cakes and drinks plus all day breakfast for the early risers!
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Chard (Cuttiford Door) Garden Centre Good selection of cakes and drinks plus all day breakfast for the early risers!
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Coxley Brownes Garden Centre Good selection of cakes, tea and coffee. Y Y Y Y Y
Cranmore East Somerset Railway Limited opening, only when steam trains running.
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Crockerton (Wilts) Shearwater Lake Cafe Opening hours uncertain
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Dorchester Poundbury Garden Centre Good selection of cakes.
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Gillingham Orchard Park Garden Centre Good selection of cakes and drinks
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Glastonbury Abbey Tea Room or Heaphy's Cafe Good selection of cakes and drinks
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Langport The Potting Shed Good selection of cakes and drinks
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Langport The Old Wharf Cafe Limited selection of cakes and drinks
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Lower Godney Two Gates Tea Room Good selection of cakes and drinks and very friendly Y Y Y Y Y
Martock Parrett Works, and Cafe Excellent selection of cakes and drinks, not very far from Yeovil though.
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Morton Old School Rooms Good selection of cakes and drinks
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North Curry Community Cafe Good selection of cakes and drinks and very friendly
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Pawlett Cafe Bit of a truckers stop, but good cake and coffee non the less
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Street Opposite Crispin Hall Basic, limited selection of cakes.
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Shillingstone Heritage Railway Variable selection of cakes and drinks Y Y Y Y Y
Taunton Morrisons Supermarket Usual selection of Supermarket refreshments
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Wells The Beckyngton Tea Room Good selection of cakes and drinks
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West Lyng Canal Centre Seasonal but always friendly, opens about 10:30 on Sunday
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Wincanton (North) Otter Nurseries Garden Centre Cafe

Nice cafe, good selection and very friendly. Can be busy near lunch time

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Wincanton Morrisons Supermarket Usual supermarket refreshments
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Wookey Hole Cafe at caves car park Poor selection of cakes and drinks
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Yeovil Kona coffee house at TriUK Get refuelled while you shop Y Y Y Y Y
Yeovil Brymsmore Garden Centre Good selection of cakes and drinks, even less distance from Yeovil!
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