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B156 Grand Ditton (78.24km) 16

June 13 @ 9:00 am - 1:30 pm

Haters gonna hate but summer needs a challenge. Without being unachievable this route has challenges aplenty.

The target this week is the delightful Willows Cafe in Ditton Priors, that erstwhile backwater which makes other backwaters look positively metropolitan in comparison.

Route blah blah is the unusual way from the club, but right at the lights and NOT down the Gilgal (for a change). We then head off up the Dunley road and get stuck into challenge #1, Hurtle Hill. A mere speed hump on fresh legs. As we dip our toes in the Wyre Forest Challenge #2 appears, Meaton Lane. This affords us fine views at the top so well worth the effort.

Bypassing Stottesdon by way of Prestcott we climb steadily as we near the Brown Clee and Ditton. There are some super views on this section, deliberately assembled by myself from Dolerite during the Carboniferous period (You can thank me later)

The return leg features nearly 20km of post cafe descent taking us to Chorley and Rays Farm. A modest climb brings us to Kinlet and Button Oak before dropping even further down to Arley. Challenge #3 is Arley Lane up to Shatterford, topping out for the day on Trimpley Lane. A quick roll down Jacobs Ladder to the split point and a job well done.

Caveat Emptor: We will be spending some time on country lanes, the surface of which may vary, particularly if there has been rain. Use a suitable bike. Tools, tubes etc should be carried as the route is well away from shops and services. Download the route beforehand, do not rely on others. The group will assist with mechanicals where possible but if you’re not on the route we can’t help.  There’s a bit more climbing than usual but also more descending, be aware some lanes may be unsuitable for high speeds. Take care.

 

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Details

Date:
June 13
Time:
9:00 am - 1:30 pm
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Venue

Stourport Sports Club
Kingsway
Stourport, DY13 8BQ United Kingdom

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