Shropshire Bike Ride - Blue Remembered Hills
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Start 2022 with a cycle in the Shropshire Hills. This route is taken from the book "Lost Lanes Wales, 36 Glorious Bike Rides in Wales and the Borders" by Jack Thurston, I was gifted it for my birthday and it's turned into a bit of a mission to tick off all the routes.
Starting from Bishops Castle, the route takes in Bury Ditches (iron age hill fort), Clun (with a trip to the castle) and then off along quiet lanes in the surrounding hills, including passing Offa's Dyke and looping back to Bishops Castle.
Bishops Castle is famous for Three Tuns Brewery, founded in 1642 it's among Britain's oldest breweries. We will stop here at the end of the cycle for a late lunch and refreshment.
This route is fairly short at 39km, but being Shropshire, it packs a punch with 654m of ascent. Though mostly on roads, there are a couple of short off-road sections along bridleways, as such the route is suitable for touring bikes, mountain bikes and hybrids. The guide book describes the route as "easy", however you need a reasonable level of fitness to combat the climbs.
Being winter we will need to keep an eye on the weather, if snow or ice on the ground we may need to cancel.
If you have any questions about the event or the route please contact Will.
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What to bring
BIKE: a touring bike, mountain bike or hybrid. The route is mainly paved roads with a couple of sections of gravel making it a little awkward for road bikes. You can try using a road bike, but you may struggle.
LIGHTWEIGHT LOCK: not a D lock (they are HEAVY)!
Plus the usual:
Helmet: OutdoorLads requires you to wear one
Footwear: suitable for your bike and pedals
Gloves: cycle gloves help avoid blisters
Punctures: spare inner tubes, 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 daypack / 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 be safe, even during the day! days are short in January!
Mobile Phone and external battery pack.
Chocolate for Will
Food & drink
Bring some water and snacks.
There isn't a plan to stop at a cafe during the ride, but will be popping to the pub at the end.