Weekender: Shropshire Hills

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Weekender: Shropshire Hills

Dave Barter

1. Wroxeter Begin the ride at Wroxeter. You can park at the Roman City museum, which is well worth a visit at the end of your ride. It’s a 30-40 minute ride from the train station in Shrewsbury; start on NCN 81, then take NCN 45 south from Upton Magna.

2. Cressage Beyond Cressage, traffic disappears, the roads narrow, and the climbing starts. Be warned that this area can get mucky after sustained rain. Remember your mudguards if it’s been wet.

3.Church Stretton Make this your tea stop even though you’re less than half way; there are plenty of choices in town. After resting your legs, ride up the Burway, a savage yet scenic climb to the plateau. You could start the route here via the train station but that gives you little warm up!

4. Asterton Bank Thank me for not making you ride up this hill! But take care on the way down as the 25% gradient signs are probably understated. Make sure you stop to enjoy the views.

5. The Knolls Some stiff climbing here but the reward is worth it as you ride up past the Stiperstones Nature Reserve on a glorious view-filled singletrack road. Look out for sheep, which range freely on the plateau and are easily startled by near-silent cyclists. 6.Broom Hill The last climb of the day; it’s all downhill and flat from here. If you are in need of refreshment, there’s a pub at Longden Common just over a mile down the road

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