LEJOG – Day 4 Across to Wales

Yatton to Kilpeck (near Hereford) – 69 miles

Drop back to day 3. Jump forward to day 5

The day’s events

Cycling across the M5 Avonmouth Bridge

Cycling across the M5 Avonmouth Bridge

Things didn’t get off to a good start today, at roadworks in Portishead I hit a pot hole and got a rear puncture ruining the inner tube. I quickly replaced with a spare but within 1/2 mile Tom’s chain broke. The broken link removed and within 1/2 hour we were back on the road again but 5 mile later at Juggernaught City (more commonly known as Avonmouth) Keith’s clip-in rear light unclipped into the path of a 32 tonner.

Needless to say it wasn’t worth risking life and limb to retrieve the pieces so we just carried on. It had been dry so far today, but now, just as we crossed the Severn Bridge into Wales, the skies opened and we had heavy rain for 4 hours all the way along the Wye Valley in the mist to Monmouth.

Tom Mark and Keith on the Severn Bridge

Tom Mark and Keith on the Severn Bridge

These early days with Westcountry hills, pot holes and rain had taken their toll, so replacement brake blocks, inner tubes and rear lights were purchased from a Monmouth bike shop. After Monmouth we followed some very quiet lanes roughly following the River Monnow to Grosmont. The day wasn’t quite over yet as Mark broke his chain just before our overnight stop at my sister’s house in Kilpeck, famous for its church, followed by a latenight powercut after returning from the local pub.

Mark and Al at the Monmouth Bridge

Mark and Al at the Monmouth Bridge

The Route

The route was varied from the cycletrack alongside the M5 hard shoulder over the Avonmouth and Severn Bridges, to the quiet deserted lanes between Monmouth and Kilpeck, via the picturesque road through the Wye Valley. Not a bad route and not too much climbing either. (Photo shows the Bridge at Monmouth – We are just opposite a very helpful cycle shop)

Food

We ate in a fish and chip café in Chepstow to escape the rain, and another break in one of the many tea shops in Monmouth. There are plenty of places along the way for food breaks and, I’m sure, in nice weather, very nice scenery.

Climbing profile

Yatton to M48 Junc 2

LEJOG - Day 4 part 1 climbing profile

LEJOG – Day 4 part 1

M48 J2 to Kilpeck, near Hereford

LEJOG - Day 4 part 2 climbing profile

LEJOG – Day 4 part 2

 

Statistics

From To

Day Distance (Miles)

Running Total (Miles)

Height climbed (Metres)

Height descended (Metres)

Yatton Kilpeck

69

301

1453

1359

 

 

Directions

The approximate route we followed for Day 4 is listed below (1:50 000).

I used the Memory Map 1:50 000 Ordnance Survey electronic maps for route planning. Note: – Don’t however buy their Adventurer GPS units as they are rubbish in my opinion.

From Yatton follow B3133 towards North End. After railway bridge take R on lane towards Manor farm, At T by River Kenn take a L and first R.

Cross over M5 and take L at T on B3130, then R onto B3124 to Portishead. At roundabout with A369 take R to M5 J19.

After M5 J19, take first L to Pill and follow NCR signs to cyclepath that runs over the Avonmouth motorway bridge. After bridge take L at T with road towards Avonmouth.

Take A403 (NCR 41 and 4) through Avonmouth to Aust services (now called Severnview Services I believe Grid ref ST 567898. Its the service station on the English side of the old Severn Bridge)  and follow the cycle path over the old Severn Bridge. At M48 J 2 take cyclepath under motorway to Chepstow, and follow A466 through the Wye Valley to Monmouth. Stay on A466 and turn L onto lane to Hospital and Osbaston. (Follows River Monnow)

Follow Lane to Tregate Bridge where L and R at T in St Maughans Green. Join B4521 at Skenfrith, and then turn R on B4347 to Grosmont.

Turn R off B4347 at Kenchurch on to lane to Bagwyllydiart where L at T to Cross Llyde, Marlas and Kilpeck.

One response to “LEJOG – Day 4 Across to Wales

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