Severn Bridge Sportive: The Routes
The event will offer riders the choice of a 65 mile route or a 100 mile route through some of the best countryside the area has to offer – and you won’t need to decide on the route you’re taking until you get to the split point on the day! (Routes may be subject to change for safety reasons – but we will notify riders as soon as possible if this is the case)
Download the Route (Subject to change)
The .gpx files of the routes for the 60 mile and 100 mile 2018 Severn Bridge Sportive are available to download. Please click on the link here.
The route will be clearly and comprehensively marked, with direction arrows at each turning and road junction. We will make sure that you are in no doubt as to where you should be heading so, if there is a long time between turnings, we’ll put up some confirmation arrows to give you some reassurance that you haven’t missed a turn. However, in the unlikely event that you take a wrong turn at any point or if signs have been dislodged, we will give each rider a route card as a fallback, which will also include emergency contact information.
Both rides will start and finish at Castle Combe Circuit with the route taking riders down the Cotswold escarpment, offering amazing views of the River Severn and into South Wales. The route journeys along quiet lanes to the North of Bath and Bristol, descending the Cotswold Edge between Dyrham Park and Dodingdon House before passing to the South West of Yate on the way towards Aust and the classic Old Severn Bridge crossing.
The halfway point for the short ride and the first stop for the longer route is the Bulwark Community Centre, at 28 miles. The short route then returns back over the bridge before heading north west towards Alveston, Tytherington and Wickwar. The route then crosses Ingleston Common on National Cycle Network Route 10 before a punchy climb back up onto the Cotswold Edge and the Somerset Monument at Hawkesbury Upton. After crossing the A46, the riders circle the Badminton Estate and return to the finish at Castle Combe Circuit via the picturesque Cotswold villages of Acton Turville, Littleton Drew and Grittleton.
On the long route, after leaving Bulwark Community Centre, the riders pass through the Old Roman Town of Caerwent before turning right to climb past the Wentwood Reservoir, made famous by the 2007 UCI Ladies World Cup race. After a fast descent, on National Cycle Network Route 42, the route turns left under the A449 through Llantrisant crossing the River Usk at Newbridge-on-Usk. Riders then take a northerly route along the Western flank of the River Usk into Usk town itself. Remaining on National Cycle Network lanes, the route continues to Clytha Park and turns right toward Raglan and its famous castle. Upon leaving Raglan, the riders pass through Llansoy and begin to climb Star Hill before the amazing descent back through Devauden and Itton Common on the way back to Bulwark Community Centre for the second Feed Stop. The long route then follows the same roads back to the finish as the short route.