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Stoke Bishop BS9 to Sandon via Strawberry Line and Dolemoor Lane

Tuesday 11 August
by wjhall
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Outing to the levels using the unsurfaced but rideable Dolemoor Lane to reach Puxton and Nye Lane for the Sandon access to the Strawberry Line. In dry conditions Dolemoor lane is gently rideable on 28-630 tyres taking you deeper into the moors and also gives access through Puxton to the Banwell area. 

Goes over the Failand Heights for variety, using Common Lane from St George's for its open views of leafy NW Bristol. Common Lane is not actually unsurfaced, it has tarmac apart from 20 m that have worn off, but the vegetation encroaches and in two or three places a smooth mud coating hides the tarmac. 

Dolemoor Lane avoids the A370, apart from the short distance from the Strawberry Line exit to Dolemoor Lane, which can be done walking on the pavement to the garage. 

Ignore the way the route goes north to beginning of the Strawberry Line by the station, you can use a bridle path and a footpath from the Mendip Way in south Yatton, which are marked as access routes but do not appear to be in the planner. The footpath is best, the bridleway is a track with perpetual large puddles.

The somewhat convoluted loops keep the return and outgoing routes separate.

Common Lane Easton-in-Gordano-a smooth road between encroaching nettles.

Leafy NW Bristol from Common Lane Easton-in-Gordano 

Dolemoor Lane bullocks

And more cattle drinking by Nailsea Wall lane.

Nailsea Wall lane, a swan in the shade of a bridge.