Get High Get Down

A Group Ride to the top of Bar Beacon and back.

DISTANCE: 14 Miles

DURATION: 2 – 2.5 hours

LEVEL: Intermediate, good fitness required

Route Description

Starting and finishing from the church car park on Perry Common road the first part of the route follows busy urban roads and bus routes, including a section of B road that is dual carriageway and a large busy traffic island.

Riders should be confident on the road and in traffic, comfortable taking primary position and adhere to the highway code.

The route climbs 500ft over the first 4 miles to the top of Barr Beacon before using B roads to descend to the Rushall Canal. Descend the steps onto the towpath which can be muddy and narrow in places. Follow the Rushall canal and the Tame valley canal to Brookvale Road where there is a short section of dual carriageway before heading back on a traffic free NCN route.

GPX DOWNLOAD

If you fancy joining us on this ride you will need to read our CODE OF CONDUCT then register with the Bicycle Adventure club.

Risk Assessment

ROUTE NAME: Get High Get Down

DISTANCE: 14 miles

ELEVATION: 500FT

ORGANISER: SR

START/FINISH: ///traded.dull.trace SP 0938 9273

UPDATED: 02 April 2021

BY: Sarah Round

ROUTE DESCRIPTION:

Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

Starting and finishing from the church car park on Perry Common road the first part of the route follows busy urban roads and bus routes, including a section of B road that is dual carriageway and a large busy traffic island.

Riders should be confident on the road and in traffic, comfortable taking primary position and adhere to the highway code.

The route climbs 500ft to the top of Barr Beacon before using B roads to descend to the Rushall Canal. Follow the Rushall canal and the Tame valley canal to Brookvale Road where there is a short section of dual carriageway before heading back on a traffic free NCN route.

LocationMiles from startHazzardRiskSeverityTotalControl MeasureWarning Given
First 2 miles0 – 2Busy bus route
Parked cars
Crossings
Lane changes to turn Right
224Hold primary position
Maintain speed
Clear signals
Keep group together
At Start
Kingstanding traffic island2Large traffic island where 5 bust roads meet, upward incline326Hold Primary Position
Maintain speed if possible
Alternative: walk the island
At start
Exit from Bar Beacon4.2Very Steep down hill on to road with RH Turn on to busy road133Good brakes
Control speed
STOP at bottom
Signal clearly
Spotter opposite Junction
En route
Entrance on to the canal6.2Steps down on to the canal224Carry Bike down
Can be slippery
At Start
Canal Towpath6.2 – 12.5Shared Path
Narrowthrough Locks
Can be slippery
224Give way to pedestrians 
Clear signals to other path users and other riders
Moderate speeds
En Route

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this:
search previous next tag category expand menu location phone mail time cart zoom edit close