Thornbury Longer Ride Loop

Thornbury Castle

Ability lvl:

Expert

Approx. Time:

3 - 3.5 hours

Length:

23 miles

Cycle around the historic town of Thornbury, surrounded by picturesque countryside, down rural roads to the bustling town of Bradley Stoke.

  • Thornbury is a medieval town founded in the 9th century and remnants of medieval walls can still be seen throughout the town.
  • Thornbury Castle is the only Tudor castle in England to be opened as a hotel. King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn once stayed in the castle. The vineyard is 500 years old and Thornbury Castle produces its own wine from the grapes.
  • Thornbury is home to medieval fishponds. It is believed that these were created in the 13th century and are made up of eight interconnecting ponds of varying size and depth. Fish were popular during the medieval period during fast days when it was forbidden to eat red meat. These ponds were used to breed, raise and store freshwater fish for this purpose. The fishponds were registered under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 in 2011 by English Heritage, protecting them from development.
  • Stokefield Close in Thornbury, Oldbury-on-Severn nuclear power station, and Tytherington quarry were all used as locations for a four part Doctor Who episode named The Hand of Fear in 1976.

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