Herefordshire Cider Cycle
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Join Will on an 80km(ish) cycle around the Herefordshire area visiting a selection of cider producers.
The plan is thus, visit 5 cider producers armed with either cycle panniers, baskets or a rucksack. Enjoy a few tastings, purchase some nice nibblers and ultimately buy a variety of ciders from across Herefordshire/neighbouring counties and transport them for later consumption. Will has even chucked in a castle for good measure.
The weekend of the 12th/13th October coincides with Much Marcle's Harvestime festival where a couple of the cider producers are based. There will be cider demonstrations, tastings and a high probability we may come across Morris dancers but as we are on bikes we should be able to outpace them before they start feeding upon you.
Will, your cider loving leader will be camping at Meredith Farm Campsite on the Friday and Saturday night which seems very nice on their website and allows campfires. If you plan on doing the same you will need to book on the campsite yourselves, £10 a night. Please don't mention you are part of a group. We aren't likely to be that many and we don't want to be mistaken for a stag party. Will intends to have a BBQ on the Saturday night and consume some of his purchases. It will be October so remember your warm clothing.
The cider producers we will be visiting are:
Apple County Cider Co. - Shop
Whitehouse Farm, Newcastle, Monmouthshire, NP25 5NS, Wales http://applecountycider.co.uk/
Ty Gwy Cider - Shop & Bar
Pen Y Lan Farm, Pontrilas HR2 0DL https://www.tygwyncider.co.uk/
Greggs Pit Cider & Perry - Smallscale Producer
B4024, Ledbury HR8 2NL www.greggs-pit.co.uk/
Westons Cider Mill - Tours, Shop and Restaurant
The Bounds, Much Marcle, Ledbury HR8 2NQ (https://www.westons-cider.co.uk/experience)
The Holy Grail - producers of the likes of Stowford Press, Westons Vintage Cider and Old Rosie.
Yew Tree - Ross on Wye Cider & Perry Company - Pub & Shop
Yew Tree, Peterstow, Ross-on-Wye HR9 6JZ (https://rosscider.com)
If in the mood, there may be a short cycle on the Sunday for a pub lunch, dependent on weather and hangover.
Proposed route is here: https://www.komoot.com/tour/78293621?ref=wtd
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What to bring
Bike: a road bike
Helmet: OutdoorLads requires you to wear one
Clothing: lightweight and layered, colourful and/or reflective clothing will make you more visible to other road users
Footwear: suitable for your bike and pedals
Gloves: cycle gloves help avoid blisters, and are good in the cold
Punctures: spare inner tube, bike tyre pump and tyre levers
Tools: any special tools that your bike needs
Small snacks: such as chocolate or energy bars
Plenty of water: in bottle/s on your bike or in a daysack/bladder
Medicines: if you have hay fever, diabetes, minor ailments etc.
Eye protection: avoid getting grit or insects in your eyes, sunglasses are OK if they are not made of glass and not too shaded
Bike lights: be seen and safe - as we may be finishing late please have a front and back light.
Storage: small day-sack or a bag on your bike
Mobile Phone: keep it in a waterproof bag for use in emergencies
Food & drink
As it is a “Will Cycle” there will be plenty of opportunity to buy cake and nibbles on route. Lunch will likely be at Westons Cider Scrumpy House (https://www.westons-cider.co.uk/experience).