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Planning on travelling down to Temple Meads by train from Gatwick to take part but need a bit of local knowledge, please?

Does anyone know if there is decent left-luggage facilities at Temple Meads? I don't fancy carrying ALL my kit from Bristol to Exmouth on the ride and it'd be nice to have a change of clothes for the journey home, etc.

Alternatively, is the return van that some have booked on (including me) going to be available to leave kit in overnight?

I understand TM station is about two miles from the Clifton Bridge - I was planning on getting to Bristol late afternoon and getting a bite to eat - any local recommendations?

I'm pretty much sorted with everything else - just need a decent set of lights (roll on payday) and a Night Vision jacket  1

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Tony Farrelly [2868 posts] 3 years ago
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Hmm… cos it's so near Bath, have never had need to use left luggage facilities at Bristol Temple Meads, which is just as well cos a quick scoot around Google suggests there aren't any.

Eating places, I'm sure one of the guys riding can fill you in better than me, but I'm pretty sure there's a pub that does good food pretty near the start… if only I could remember what it is called.

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dave atkinson [6201 posts] 3 years ago
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Channing's hotel, where the ride starts, will be putting on a BBQ and they have a decent menu on the go too. there'll be an email to the exmouth mailing list this week about that, so if you're not already on it go to the website and stick yourself down

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andylul [410 posts] 3 years ago
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cheers Tony & Dave

Am already on mailing list and am looking forward to the ride (and maybe getting a bit lost)

Was going to drive down but I reckon getting the train across from Gatwick and changing at Reading's my best bet, especially since Mrs Lul's declined the chance to come with me and spend a night alone in Bristol.

Wonder if Channing's would do a luggage drop for us? Worth dropping them a line, do you think?

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Fringe [1047 posts] 3 years ago
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Food wise, I can highly recommend 'Falafal King' either in the centre (a takeaway style van) or they have a cafe on Cotham Hill, which is fairly close to channings hotel.

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andylul [410 posts] 3 years ago
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As it turns out, the Channings were perfectly able to cope with hungry/thirsty cyclists on Saturday and Big Andy behind the bar looked after my overnight bag.

The way I feel today I'm wondering if I should've sent my bag with someone and slept in the back office...