Countryfile Magazine Race from Bristol to Machynlleth, 4 May 2011

There's a plan brewing at Countryfile Magazine HQ. The editorial team will compete in a Top Gear style race from Bristol to Machynlleth to highlight the joys and pitfalls of using public transport in rural areas


The plan:


For the July issue of Countryfile Magazine, on 4 May 2011, the editorial team will race from Bristol to the Centre for Alternative Technology near Machynlleth in an attempt to highlight the joys and the pitfalls of public transport in the countryside.

It’s generally thought that public transport in rural areas can be expensive, infrequent, overcrowded and slow. But it can also be a great way of meeting people and exploring the countryside. The team fill be finding out just how easy or difficult it is to get from A to B without raising the stress levels and breaking the bank balance, while seeing some of the most stunning countryside in Britain.

The team and the routes:

  • By car: Production editor Dave Perrett
  • By train: Features editor Jo Tinsley
  • By bus: Editor Fergus Collins
  • By bike: Richard Sanders and a troupe of three riding buddies from the Sustrans team (you can download his route here)
  • By any means possible: Editorial Assistant Abigail Whyte is travelling by glider, electric bike, horse riding, brecon buggies (rain powered transport), canoe and Mr Chips (an eco car running on recycled chip fat). 

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How we’ll judge the results:

  • Time
  • Cost
  • Experience
  • Environmental impact
  • Effort – calories/energy/stress

Not only will you be kept updated with live blogging and pictures on Twitter (follow #countryfilerace), but the team will also be wired up to heart rate monitors, so any particularly exciting or scary moments can be captured for posterity.

Get involved:

  • Can you recommend any good places to stop and try local delicacies on the way? A picnic spot with a view? A village pub? Email your suggestions to
  • Tell us about your favourite mode of public transport. Email us at
  • Take part – you are welcome to join the Sustrans team on a leg of their cycling journey. Click here to see their route and check points.
  • Register your views in our poll

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