Dear All

Even more summer rides are now spoken for – but 10 June is still vacant.  Anyone? We’ll need a ride for description for the next newsletter, after Jim’s ride, if there is going to be one.

I realise that not everyone who reads this newsletter is interested in cycling as a sport. But our friend Peter Roscoe might never forgive me if I failed to point out that Simon Yates, currently leading the Giro D’Italia, generally regarded as the second most important 3 week race after the Tour de France, began cycling – together with his twin brother Adam – in the Bury Clarion

Latest from Julian

I rang Julian yesterday to see how he’s getting on and whether he needed anything. He says he has lots of helpers and feels he is making progress albeit quite slowly. You can contact him via

Proposed changes to the Highway Code

The following item in the current edition of Cycleclips rang a bell – or two:

Breaking bad habits

Is there any cyclist out there who hasn’t been passed too closely by an overtaking driver? Or been cut up by a left-turning vehicle? Or been ‘doored’ by a driver or passenger not looking behind them? These common acts of bad driving are very off-putting to experienced and budding cyclists alike, and we’re asking the Government to make some simple changes to The Highway Code to tackle them. Read more from our Campaigns Officer, Keir Gallagher, in the fourth blog of a series outlining some of the key proposals we’re making in our response to the Government’s review of cycling and pedestrian safety.

To find out what Cycling Uk is proposing by way of changes in the Highway Code go to Cycleclips on the website.

Clarion History

As you may have noticed it’s a while since I included the feature I ran for several years ‘The Origins of the Clarion Cycling Club and Cycling in the 1890s’ in the newsletter. There are a number of reasons for this – I’ve been very busy with other things, I’m running short of material and for reasons I won’t bore you with it’s become more complicated to collect more.

Then I read the following in Jim’s email about Boots and Spurs – ‘Also there is the rich Clarion history that we have learned about from Ian – both the history of the cycling, and also the history of the wider Clarion movement.’   Well. I’ve done quite a bit on the cycling aspect – but not a great deal – in the newsletter – on the wider Clarion movement. So, encouraged by Jim, I’ll try to make amends.   I’m going to start this time with an account of how I came across both the paper and the cycling club. This will I hope, establish my ‘credentials’ for writing about all this.  Then next time – or, if not, sometime soon – I’ll give an account of how it came about that Blatchford started The Clarion at the end of 1891.


Bath-Bristol Weekend Ride: 1-2 September 2018

The weekend of 1-2 September will feature two wonderful rides. On the Saturday we will repeat the ride from Bath to Bristol that we last did in 2012, with some additional options. The Bath-Bristol cycle path was one of the first dedicated cycle paths to be created in the UK, and the route abounds with information boards about the area’s rich history. The basic ride will be about 25 miles long, but there will be longer and shorter options; as we have all day, we can take it nice and slowly (stopping to read the information boards is mandatory!)

The Sunday will feature the amazing Two Tunnels Greenway from Bath to Midford, which opened the year after our last visit. The two refurbished, dimly-lit railway tunnels on the former Somerset & Dorset line (one a mile long) create a unique experience which it is difficult to convey adequately in words. We’ll return to Bath via the Kennet & Avon Canal towpath, which we used last time. The circular ride is about 16 miles long. Being on old railway lines, both rides are largely undulation-free. If you need further convincing, take a look at the report from 2012. (Note that the tunnel pictured there is on the Bath-Bristol route – it’s not one of the Two Tunnels that we are doing this time).

So far, six of us have signed up for the weekend, but we would welcome more.

Most of us are staying in Bath Youth Hostel, but of course there are plenty of hotels in Bath if you don’t fancy the hostel. It will be necessary to travel to Bath on the Friday in order to leave enough time for the Saturday ride. The return journey can be on Sunday or Monday. (NB the hostel is unfortunately on a hill, so if you are seriously allergic to hills you might want to look elsewhere.)

Participants book their own accommodation; if you want to stay at the hostel, you will have to book soon as it is currently undergoing a partial rebuild and has fewer beds than usual. But do contact me first as there may be spare beds in rooms that have already been booked by members of our group.




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