The narrow spit of land between the M5 and the Severn Estuary is a well kept secret for those riding from Bristol who are reluctant to challenge gravity.
Skirting the edges of the city, once the route reaches the other side of the M5 the traffic reduces significantly. Following the inland route north the road covers secluded flatlands. The surprise of Berkeley and its castle, and the docks at Sharpness show the sites of an almost forgotten era.
The cafe in Berkeley provides a good halfway stop.
The route south skirts the coastline more closely, with the power stations at Sharpness and Oldbury dominating the landscape, contrasting medieval churches with icons of modern engineering.
Not only do the flatlands provide a change from Bristol’s more traditional hilly routes, but, being open to the prevailing south westerly, the riding can also be tough.