A Gravel Adventure
DISTANCE: 30 Miles
DURATION: 7 to 8 hours
LEVEL: Expert. Very good fitness is required. Some portions of the ride will require you to push your bike up steep & uneven bridleways.
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A glorious 30 mile loop starting and ending at the White Harte in the village of Kinver. It follows steep lanes and bridleways up and down to the River Severn, crossing at Upper Arley. Climbing steeply for 2.5 miles out of the Severn valley the route plunges into the Wyre Forest on gravel roads and follows the disused rail line into Bewdley. Here it crosses the Severn again and follows NCN route 45 into Stourport where it picks up the Staffs & Worcester Canal all the way back north to Kinver.
With 1800ft of climbing in the first 15 miles this is a challenging gravel ride. The ‘ups’ are steep and slow the downs are earned, spectacular and fast.
Luckily for you we have already recced the route and you can watch in the video below:
This won’t be a race! The pace will be as fast as the slowest rider. It is a full day ride with plenty of time to enjoy and explore. Allow 7-8 hours with breaks and a picnic.
Long days outdoors riding off road, cross country and unfamiliar routes is physically and mentally demanding. Please be aware that a ride of this nature will stress your body beyond your regular riding routine.
Towns and roads along the route will be busy as they are tourist destinations. For this reason, we ask you to carry enough food, snacks and hydration for the day as it may not be practical to stop.
Sections of the bridleways are quite remote and you may need to push your bike up a steep and uneven ascent.
This ride will take place in line with our Covid Risk Assessment please maintain social distancing and bring hand sanitizer and/or wipes.
ROUTE NAME: Down to the Wyre
DISTANCE: 30 miles
START/FINISH: ///amuse.chariots.hedgehog SO 8456 8335
UPDATED: 20 April 2021
BY: Sarah Round
A glorious 30 mile loop starting and ending at the White Harte in the village of Kinver. It follows lanes and bridleways down to the River Severn and crosses at Upper Arley. Climbing out of the Severn valley the route plunges onto the Wyre Forest on gravel roads and follows the disused rail line into Bewdley. Here it crosses the Severn again and follows NCN route 45 into Stourport where it picks up the Staffs & Worcester Canal all the way back north to Kinver.
|HAZZARD||RISK||SEVERITY||TOTAL||CONTROL MEASURE||WARNING GIVEN|
|Roads/Lanes are narrow, undulating and potholed, especially near the gutter and especially through Button Oak.||2||3||6||Slow speedCall out obstaclesTake the Primary position/stay away from the gutter.||At StartEn route|
|Bridleways well used by horses and riders||2||2||4||Moderate speeds, be wAware especially on descents,, call out early warning, pass slowly and calmly with a wide berth. Split group and wait if necessary||At startEn Route|
|Gravel Roads are of a good grade but dust and chips can be thrown up and can be a skid risk, stopping distance will be longer||1||2||2||slowUse glassesMore distance from thee rider in front||At startEn route|
|Singletrack, often rooty and overgrown, other users on blind bends||2||2||4||Moderate speedsUse bell||At startEn route|
|Bridleways are remote||2||3||6||Annotated map to identify nearest vehicular access points||Pre Ride|