Shropshire Bike Ride - Blue Remembered Hills

Leisure Cycling/Any Bike
Jan 08
2022

5 people attending

3 places left

Your price
£12.50
Event booking closes on Jan 7 at 22:00:00
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39km (24miles) with 654m of ascent.

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.

The proposed route can be viewed and the GPX downloaded from the books website here and from Komoot here.  

If you have any questions about the event or the route please contact Will.

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