This week Jon Clifton takes us on a Tour around the UK, visiting England and Wales, Jon has an eye for capturing the raw beauty of the country side, and his ride collections provide invaluable local knowledge which is reflected in his route mapping.

Additionally, Jon has capturing the unique Isle of Wight, located on the South Coast of England and one region that is a welcome addition to FulGaz.

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Bells and Bikes

A nod to the famous book Bells & Bikes by Rod Ismay combining as many churches on the tour route of the 2014 Grand Depart of the Tour de France in Yorkshire. We start at Thurning church on a Sunday morning in mid-summer and head along the sandy lanes of rural Norfolk (watch out for the Muntjac) towards the Georgian market town of Holt where we will finish at the doors of St Andrews church where the bells are in full peal.

14.36KM
  DISTANCE
34:28
DURATION
155M
ELEVATION

Dovedale and the Manifold Valley

Starting at Hartington in the Derbyshire Peak District, we ride through the stunning Long Dale valley where we turn and cross the River Dove at Crowdecote and enter Staffordshire. After leaving Longnor we then cross the River Manifold where we head into the Manifold Valley via the lovely village of Butterton. On our climb out of this limestone valley keep a sharp eye out on the right hand side where you will see a brief glimpse of the amazing Thor’s Cave. We head through Wetton to eventually finish at Ilam.

  31.9KM
  DISTANCE
1:48:56
DURATION
678M
ELEVATION

The Sheringham Ridge (OC-125)

We start our ride at Weybourne station as a steam train stops at the platform and head up our first climb soon to drop back onto the coast road and past the lovely cobbled cottages of Upper Sheringham and climb our second hill. Once again, dropping back to sea level only to climb our third climb at Beacon Hill (Official UK Climbs #125). Our final descent to East Runton and a cliff top ride to our finish at Cromer overlooking the pier.

  19.51KM
  DISTANCE
49:02
DURATION
239M
ELEVATION

Isle of Wight: Yarmouth To Cowes

After our ferry crossing from the mainland we start the ride in Yarmouth before the local shops open. From here we head clockwise around the island passing through Shalfleet and the secluded Old Town Hall at Newtown built in 1699. We soon pick up the coast road at Gurnard Bay and then head into Cowes to finish at the quay front.

20.81KM
 DISTANCE
50:19
DURATION
252M
ELEVATION

Isle of Wight: East Cowes To Godshill

Exiting the Cowes chain ferry over the River Medina we soon escape East Cowes and head as far as Wootton where we then turn inland and head up to Mersley Down, through Newchurch and finish in the delightful village of Godshill and its medieval church.

 22.93KM
 DISTANCE
1:09:28
DURATION
417M
ELEVATION

Isle of Wight: Godshill To Freshwater Bay

A rolling start in Godshill, we leave this pretty village and head south through Whitwell and Niton climbing St Catherine’s Down onto Blackgang where we then start to get spectacular views along the southern cliffs. The last ten miles will showcase some of the most stunning scenery with the white cliffs and downs dominating the skyline. We end our journey at the beautiful Freshwater Bay. Enjoy!

 26.46KM
 DISTANCE
1:12:38
DURATION
334M
ELEVATION

Boulderwood To Lepe

Starting at Boulderwood in the New Forest, we cycle through Lyndhurst, over Marley Heath and through Beaulieu to end the ride at Lepe overlooking the Solent and the Isle of Wight. Watch out for Tony the Pony and his many friends on the roads!

 27.78KM
 DISTANCE
1:00:49
DURATION
205M
ELEVATION

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