We present an array of urban-themed rides and countryside jaunts of largely easy grade to suit the shorter and cooler days. We track down several city centre sites that are scheduled for development, and go in search of a local nature reserve rich in history and biodiversity. A popular sociable ride to fast expanding Portishead, a woodland meander to the picturesque Tyntesfield estate, and a cloak-and-dagger escapade to hear of unsolved murders are all on the month’s agenda. Download the poster here.

Sun 1 Oct – New developments, planned buildings and other urban changes.
A Bristol Civic Society guest-lead ride (Easy – 12 miles). Meet 9:45am at Arnolfini, BS1 4QA. Finish 1pm
An easy paced stop-start ride in and around the City looking at some major developments and planned buildings and changes in the urban fabric of Bristol. Demolition of old BRI building, new student accommodation blocks, Nelson St changes, University of Bristol new £300m Temple Quarter campus, plans to pedestrianise Tyndall Avenue, and others. Bring an open mind and be prepared to discuss whether these will harm or benefit our city!

Sun 8 Oct – Willsbridge Valley Nature Reserve (Medium – 20 miles)
Meet 9:45am at Arnolfini, BS1 4QA. Finish 3pm. A leisurely ride to this oasis of wildlife hidden amongst modern housing estates and once the site of milling, quarrying and a coal dramway. We follow the Bristol-Bath Railway Path on the way out, returning down Conham Hill through Crews Hole along the banks of the river Avon.

Sun 15 Oct – Portishead Riviera (Medium – 25 miles)
Meet 10:15am at Blaise cafe, Kings Weston Rd, BS10 7QS. Finish 3pm. A gentle paced ride to this fast-expanding and popular seaside resort. This sociable ride will follow off-road cyclepaths and quiet roads where possible, and will take a leisurely pace to enjoy the scenery.

Sun 22 Oct – Tyntesfield Estate (Easy – 15 miles)
Meet 10:45am at the Water Tower, Durdham Downs, BS9 1FG. Finish 3pm. We will cross Clifton Suspension Bridge to take a woodland route through Leigh Woods Nature Reserve, and on to Abbots Pool. Following quiet roads through Lower Failand we descend to the visitor centre at Tyntesfield estate. After an early lunch we return to Bristol along the Festival Way. There will be some fairly easy off-road sections and some walking on this ride.

Sun 29 Oct – Unsolved Bristol Murders (Easy – 14 miles)
Meet 12:45pm at Arnolfini, BS1 4QA. Finish about 4pm. This stop start ride will tour round the city visiting sites linked with unsolved murders of the past.

BCyC rides are open to all types of cyclist, young and old, athletic or disabled, from slow urbanites to fast racers. We are sociable folk, and always welcome new members and old faces alike. See our Diary page for a full listing of all of our past, present, and future rides, also meetings and other events. Most rides start from outside the Arnolifini on the Pero’s Bridge side, but check details of each ride. Click here for a map of all the main staring points. There’s also contact details for the ride leader for any questions you may have.