Welcome to the Mendips Lakes and Lumps Ride
The Mendips Lakes and Lumps Ride offers participants a great personal challenge AND the opportunity to experience the wonderful Mendip Hills AONB from the seat of a bicycle.
It's a brand new addition to the National Trust's Top of the Gorge Festival in 2019 and, in keeping with the Festival as a whole, the emphasis with the event is very much on introducing people to the sheer pleasure and enjoyment to be had from being active in and exploring this beautiful area, in this instance by bike.
The Mendips Lakes and Lumps Ride is designed to be a physical challenge, but it's also intended to appeal to as many people as possible - 43 miles and around 800m of climbing in total mean that it is in fact accessible & achievable for a lot of people, and of course a bit of determination, a sense of adventure, and a degree of prior preparation undoubtedly also help!
A spectacular route sees participants visiting both Chew Valley and Blagdon lakes, and it also incorporates two fantastic and challenging Mendip climbs - the wonderful Burrington Combe and of course the iconic Cheddar Gorge.
As well as these fabulous 'Lakes and Lumps' there are some great descents to be enjoyed along the way too, and riders are assured of a fantastic personal challenge and a great all-round Mendips cycling experience.
And that's not all - participation in the Ride also includes FREE entry to the Top of the Gorge Festival itself (worth £15) for the rest of the day, so once riders have completed the challenge they can round the day off by enjoying the main Festival site and its various activities. Showers will be available, and riders will also be provided with FREE food within the Festival site as part of their Ride entry!
Non-cycling family members are also very welcome and are encouraged to come along and enjoy the day too - there's plenty on offer within the Festival to occupy and entertain them while the riders are out on the road - so it really is a great opportunity to take on a fantastic Mendips cycling challenge AND also enjoy a lovely day out at the Festival.
Or, if you (and the family?) prefer to make a weekend of it & enjoy the whole Festival experience as well as the Ride, your entry also entitles you to a massive 30% discount on Festival weekend tickets (including camping) - see below for further info on ALL the Festival entry options & associated rider benefits.
So, with Sunday 16th June 2019 also being Father's Day, this could be an extra-special treat and a ready-made family day out - it's certainly hard to think of a better way of spending it!
We look forward to welcoming you.