hard difficulty cycling route

Stroud to Newport Cycling Route

At a whopping 89.8 miles, this Stroud cycling route can be as challenging as it is long. Begin in the serene Cotswold Hills of Stroud and move out towards Berkley, cross the Severn, and push through to the third largest city in Wales. The whole journey will come to around 6 hours and 10 minutes without a break, although we definitely recommend you take a couple.

Although this is a beautiful and rewarding ride, it can also be arduous. Compared to the length of the ride, the elevation gain of 4296ft doesn’t seem like a lot, but for such a long route it will test your resolve. There are plenty of shops in Berkley to grab drinks and snacks before crossing the Severn Bridge.

As a side note, I think all cyclists should ride across the Severn Bridge at some point. There’s nothing quite like it, the parallel between the motorway on one side and the immense natural beauty of the Severn on the other presents an interesting contrast.

After crossing the Severn, pass through the tranquil Welsh countryside, following a quiet A-road all the way to Newport City Centre. The midpoint of the route is placed just outside of the city centre, with plenty of choices for food.

After filling up, head back the way you came and take in what you missed the first time around, as there is an abundance to be experienced. It’s your choice whether or not you head back through Berkley or follow the A38 towards Stroud, although personally I’d be happy for a final break before the final push.

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