Ride to Berriew (CStH)

16 Jul 2019 @ 10:00
Greyfriars Bridge (on the towpath)

As you can see from the profile below, there is a fair bit of relatively flat road with one big, and one even bigger, hill! However, the main point to note is that there is about 10km of canal towpath (Montgomery Canal), so don’t come on your thinnest, slickest tyres.

2 Responses to Ride to Berriew (CStH)

  • Hello, I am new to the area and I was wondering if it is possible to join this club for a ride? If anyone could give me a contact detail for some advice that would be most appreciated.

  • Peter can’t lead on Tuesday so I am leading in his place.

    Yesterday I road the route because I didn’t know the canal path and wasn’t prepared to lead a group into unknown territory. I was very impressed with the quality of the surface of well compacted fine stone; even narrow tyres should handle it easily. If you have ridden the canal path near Llanymynech you will know what to expect. The only slight problem is vegetation encroaching onto the path particularly at head height so eye protection is advisable.

    Last Tuesday Peter talked about reversing the route because of the steep climb onto the Long Mountain from Welshpool. Having ridden it I can see why. RideWithGPS reports it as 11.7% near the top but I recorded 15.7% on their app and walked about 200 yards. I always prefer to do the bulk of the climbing before lunch so we shall do the usual route up the Long Mountain from Westbury. If you are not familiar with it there are a series of steps, it is not one continuous climb, and the reward across the top is well worth the effort. Be sure your brakes are in good working order for the steep descent.

    The afternoon climb is straightforward but the road surface after Rorrington is poor and a lot of debris has been washed onto the road. There are several undulations with short steep climbs, be very careful on the descents. If we are under time-pressure or you have done enough climbing we can avoid this by staying on a busier road in the valley.

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