Dom's Biker Stop - Shropshire Hills Loop
Updated: Apr 10, 2019
90 miles out in the West Midlands open roads and a great biker cafe to start and end at!!
Thanks to Pete Swain from Kidderminster for sending this beauty of a route in to us. It is great to be able to publish RIDEs supplied by our readers, as they aren't routes that we get to ride as a general rule - but as I sit writing this up and following the route I am already thinking about how the diary looks and how good a day's riding this would be for myself.......
Pete read our Towcester RIDE which included a reference to Dom's Bike Stop and sent us this as one of his usual routes. If you have a cracker of a RIDE that you would like us to publish please send it in to us at firstname.lastname@example.org - We will get your RIDE published so others can get out and give it a go.
Doms Biker Stop is the start and end point for this RIDE. A bite to eat in the unique semi-outdoor venue gets you set up and ready for a good ride out.
Helmet on in the gravel car park of Doms Bikers Stop and out onto the Leominster bypass before heading off towards Shobdon. Here you are ascending and climbing towards the Shropshire Hills AONB. The "B roads" in this area are gloriously winding as they make their ascent up to the designated area of outstanding natural beauty. In this area you are also dancing between England and Wales along the border.
The roads in this area aren't what you'd call fast, however the bends mean that even at a steadier pace you can have a lot of fun. As you pass Coombs Moor, through Presteigne and on to Knighton the road is a real slalom of flowing bends.
In Knighton you turn right for the A488 and head steeply up the forest lined road that winds it's way up through "S bends" and eventually levels out with brilliant views of the surrounding scenery in this area. It is here that the road becomes more sporting and allows you to push on a touch with the tighter bends giving way to quicker and more flowing bends with some good straight sections between.
You head down hill to Clun where you can stop and see if you can grab a photo of the bike at Clun Castle before heading off again and back up hill and back to the free flowing road that screams for you to ride it properly. The rolling hills are a pleasure to be blasting through on a bike!!
As you head towards Shrewsbury the road swaps from hilly to flat, back to hills and again back to more level terrain, always keeping the same theme with great higher speed bends mixed with tighter bends that need to be taken slower but are no less fun to ride.
At Pontesbury you leave the A488 and take the narrower, winding B road through Plealey, Exfords Green and Stapleton before reaching the A49 and turning south.
The A49 is a busier road than others on the route however it is decent and can allow for lots of overtaking as you make progress along it. If you stay on this road you will cover 25 miles of good quality quick road and come to the Leominster bypass almost at the start point of the RIDE once again.
For Pete's RIDE he turns off the A49 at Church Stretton and heads along the narrower, single width back roads which is a great alternate option to the faster A road. This is 12 miles of "off the beaten track" roads that take you through some great little villages, such as Ticklerton and Culmington before rejoining the A49 at Ludlow and continuing and ending the RIDE with lunch at Doms Biker Stop again!!!