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Glastonbury urges fans to cycle to festival amid rail strike disruption

The Bike to Glasto scheme provides free secure bike storage, access to a cyclists’ campsite and, for a fee, a luggage delivery service

The Beatles may have told us that all we need is love – but if you’re planning on catching Paul McCartney on the Pyramid Stage this weekend, it turns out all you need is a bike.

150,000 music lovers (and those who just like partying in a muddy field) will descend on Worthy Farm this week for the iconic Glastonbury Festival, finally celebrating its 50th anniversary this year after two Covid-enforced cancellations.

However, these festivalgoers are facing severe travel disruption after Great Western Railway confirmed that there will be limited services through Castle Cary, the nearest station to the event, due to the RMT union’s planned national rail strike.

With the station only accessible on the Exeter to London route on strike days, Glastonbury’s organisers are urging people to ride their bikes to the festival, the site of which lies just south of Route 3 of the National Cycle Network, which runs between Glastonbury and Wells.

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Festivalgoers are being encouraged to take advantage of the Bike to Glasto scheme, set up in 2015 as part of the organisers’ bid to reduce audience transport emissions and to allow people to “arrive in as green a way as possible to the site”. 

Bike to Glasto provides attendees with free, secure cycle storage in the 24-hour-staffed bike compound, as well as access to a dedicated camping field for cyclists.

For anyone not looking forward to lugging around panniers chock-full of festival essentials, cyclists can also pay £15 for return luggage delivery from drop-off points in Somerset and London, or for a home courier service.

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Cycling to music festivals has become increasingly popular in recent years, with events as diverse as Latitude, Shindig and Download all organising mass rides to their respective sites.

Cycling and rock and roll? Sounds like the perfect weekend…

Ryan joined road.cc in December 2021 and since then has kept the site’s readers and listeners informed and enthralled (well at least occasionally) on news, the live blog, and the road.cc Podcast. After boarding a wrong bus at the world championships and ruining a good pair of jeans at the cyclocross, he now serves as road.cc’s senior news writer. Before his foray into cycling journalism, he wallowed in the equally pitiless world of academia, where he wrote a book about Victorian politics and droned on about cycling and bikes to classes of bored students (while taking every chance he could get to talk about cycling in print or on the radio). He can be found riding his bike very slowly around the narrow, scenic country lanes of Co. Down.

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belugabob | 2 years ago
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Well bikepacking is very trendy, at the moment - but Glastonbury goers aren't really up on TLS or LNT are they?

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joe9090 replied to belugabob | 2 years ago
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*cycle touring!

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belugabob replied to joe9090 | 2 years ago
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joe9090 wrote:

*cycle touring!

Ordinarily, I'd agree with you, but riding to one place, camping, then riding back, is hardly "touring"

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IanMSpencer replied to belugabob | 2 years ago
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I last went in the 80s and it was a long walk around the site so it must be a lot bigger now.

I guess you could fit in some touring while you were there, though back then someone always thought it was a bit of a lark setting the odd van on fire, so there would be a good chance of your pride and joy ending up on one of the surprisingly tall dung heaps in what would now be considered unisex toilets (unusable after Sunday lunchtime unless you were 6' 9" ).

PS bonus mark for identifying the group - there is a clue.

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ktache replied to IanMSpencer | 2 years ago
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Smiths?

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brooksby | 2 years ago
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A good idea*, but I don't honestly imagine that many people will go for it...

 

*only because they say that they have a secure parking area with guards and everything!

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chrisonabike replied to brooksby | 2 years ago
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Was going to but then realised I don't believe in the cycling ley lines in the UK.  They're worth about as much as magic paint.  I still feel the truth is out there, somewhere, though.

 

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