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Easter 2007 UK Tandem Rally

Bath Youth Hostel,

Bath, Somerset, England

Friday, 6th April 2007 - Monday, 9th April 2007

The Event

Eighty five people attended the 2007 Easter Rally which took place in the World heritage City of Bath. The city, renowned for its Roman Baths, Georgian Crescents and Abbey, has access to a variety of interesting destinations for a Tandem Club Event. The event was centred on the Youth Hostel with members also staying at Newton Mill Campsite, Bath Marina and various private establishments.

Each day a long and short ride was offered with both routes sharing a common section for the morning.
Bath Youth Hostel

Bath Youth Hostel


On Friday we visited Castle Combe via Marshfield (everything in the village was shut for Good Friday). Luckily, the coffee shop in Castle Combe was open for business. The long route continued on to Lacock. The weather was superb.

Early morning tandem climb to the Youth Hostel

Early morning climb to the Youth Hostel

Tandem on steep hill on the way to Castle Combe

Steep hill on the way to Castle Combe

Tandem in the village of Castle Combe

In the village of Castle Combe


Saturday saw us visiting Chew Valley Lake with the long route circumnavigating the lake. On the return we used part of the Bristol-Bath cycle path and visited the centre of Bath.

Wessex Water Clock

Tandem riders peer at the Water Clock

in the offices of Wessex Water

Tandems in Timsbury

In Timsbury - looking for the coffee stop

Tandems at Chew Valley Lake

Lunch stop at Chew Valley Lake


Easter Sunday dawned with more sunshine and several people attended Morning Service in Bath Abbey. The route included the Kennet and Avon Towpath towards Bradford-on-Avon and returned via Great Chalfield Manor. At the end we were faced with a steep climb up to the Landsdown Lawn Tennis and Squash Racquets Club at Landsdown where a Buffet meal had been laid on. This was an opportunity for everyone to socialise before attending the AGM or returning to their various accommodation.

Tandem at Bath Youth Hostel

Leaving the hostel at the start of Sunday's ride

Tandem on the canal bridge on Bathwick Hill

Crossing the canal bridge on Bathwick Hill

Tandem on the Kennet & Avon Canal towpath

Crossing the Dundas Aqueduct

on the Kennet Avon Canal towpath

Mist over the City greeted us on Monday morning but this soon cleared for our visit to Radstock via Wellow. Those with more time were able to explore a new section of cycle path which extends towards Frome with a return through Mells and Kilmersden. Mells is the village of the Little Jack Horner nursery rhyme, and Kilmersden is noted for the hill made famous by Jack and Jill who went up it. Tandem on the way to Radstock via Colliers Way

On the way to Radstock via Colliers Way


Thanks to everyone who attended and contributed towards making this an excellent rally. The Hostel staff were especially pleased to have such a friendly group staying and would be pleased to see us again.

report by: Tony Prichard (Easter Egg eater for the Rally Organizer)
Pulteney Bridge, Bath

Pulteney Bridge, Bath