We like riding bikes!

We are a diverse group of people living in the Bishops Castle area with one thing in common - we like riding bikes! We organise rides for riders of all abilities, and we are affiliated to Cycling UK for the protection of all.

Rides are on the first Wednesday of the month. Rides are normally "meet at destination" rides, enabling riders of all abilities to meet at a place and time to socialise together.

In addition, an informal "further, faster" group meets each Wednesday at the Six Bells Pub. You should use the link below to contact us if you think you might want to join this ride for the first time, so that we can let you know if it's going to be right for you.

Tuesday, 26 October 2021

The Next Destination Ride...

... On Wednesday 3rd November 2021 at Stiperstones Inn, SY5 0LZ map reference SJ 362 004.  Meet at 12:00.

Friday, 8 November 2019

Brampton Bryan Ride

By Shirley Mutlu

Well I must say how impressed I was with the turnout to Aardvark Books Cafe on Wednesday 6th November. With heavy rain forecast and a measly 5 degrees ten riders braved the drizzly damp conditions unlike Yavuz and I - such wimps some would say.  I can see we have a long way to go before we are considered "seasoned cyclists" - for now we remain "fair weather cyclists".

In the end the heavy rain didn't materialise and the cafe put on some hearty homemade soup with curry roasted pumpkin seeds to warm them up before having a good browse through the books and cuddly toys.

With all the tractors' mud on the roads I hope your bikes are now sparkling clean!  Let's hope the December ride is dry.


Wednesday, 23 October 2019

AGM Minutes

The 2019 minutes are now on this website - just click on the link to the right!

Sunday, 23 December 2018

Celebrating the Solstice

By Paul Rogers

12 hardy souls set out from BC at 7.30am for the short but tough climb to the top of Bury Ditches to hopefully see the sunrise and celebrate the Winter Solstice.


...and hey presto, for the first time in a number of years we were rewarded for our efforts with the sun making an appearance! The 7 MTBers (+ Erica in a child seat!) headed back down through a slightly muddy Colesty wood for a fabulous breakfast at the Happy Bap, with the road gang and a several others making it almost 20 in total. Remember, summer is now officially just around the corner 😎😎😎

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

A Ride with a Difference

by Shirley Mutlu

I thought it would be interesting to do a ride on roads not ventured before with a change of scenery, so I planned a 40 mile ride starting from Church Stretton taking in the heritage sights of the Roman City at Wroxeter, Acton Burnell Castle, Langley Chapel  and the cast-iron Cantlop Bridge built in 1813, possibly designed by Thomas Telford.

So on the 22nd August off Yavuz and I went. We took some back lanes running parallel to the A49 which we crossed at Dorrington. We passed some lovely houses and farmsteads not far from the A49 which were quite different from what we normally see locally. Then we headed north eastwards to Atcham.  Between Condover and Berrington we should have turned off for Cantlop but missed the turning - I was trying to follow the route on my phone but it proved quite difficult.

We passed Attingham Park which covers a large area and apparently is the National Trust's most visited property. I can believe it because on one occasion when we visited it, there was a constant stream of cars travelling up the driveway. My planned routes' sights were more understated but just as interesting. 
The Roman City at Wroxeter was amazing, once the fourth largest town in Roman Britain with some well-preserved remains.  No cafe here but a few tables and seating area outside where we ate our sandwiches.  

After Wroxeter we headed south towards Cressage and then westward to Acton Burnell an affluent looking village, our next stop. 

The castle is a ruin but a lovely quiet spot to take in the atmospheric setting. A short hop from Acton Burnell to Langley would have taken us to another atmostpheric place, the chapel with its 17th century timber pews but alas another turning missed!


The final stretch took us through Cardington then Hope Bowdler and down the hill into Church Stretton. All these sights are English Heritage and I would certainly do it again and try not to miss the chapel and bridge. Anyone else interested?


Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Stokesay Castle Tea Room Ride

By Dave Thomlinson

On Wednesday 2 May eight Castle Cyclists met for lunch at Stokesay Castle tea rooms. The weather was a bit drizzly, but did not deter the keen cyclists.

The food was good and we enjoyed visiting a new-to-us lunch place.

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Stokesay Castle and Gatehouse, English Heritage

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

2018 Rides so Far...

by Kay Radford

The weather has not been great so far this year so the rides have been a little challenging at times.

First up was on 3rd January - in a howling gale - to Lakeside golf Club at Garthmyl. As I had arranged it I felt duty bound to ride there, choosing the little lanes to glean what shelter we could. Chris and I were the only ones to cycle as everyone else sensibly arrived by car. However 9 of us had a very convivial New Year lunch in the excellent Lakeside Club House.

Next was on Sunday 21st January to The Maltings in Clun. Torrential rain this time but 10 arrived by car or on foot for another convivial lunch. Better luck next time we thought.

Wednesday 7th February dawned bright and sunny but with sheet ice all over the roads. 4 of us braved the ice to pick our way to Bird on the Rock at Abcott. Another 6 had walked but a very good lunch was enjoyed by all.

Sunday 18th February was just rather dreary with a very small turnout of 5 to Ivy House in Montgomery.

Wednesday 6th March Rose organised a ride to Catch Bistro in Church Stretton whilst Paul, Maxine, myself and Chris enjoyed warm sunshine and glorious riding out in Spain.

Finally the ride on Sunday 18th March had to be postponed due to over a foot of snow having fallen overnight. It was moved to Wednesday 21st - a much better day if a bit cold and windy and some ice still on the roads. 7 of us made it out to Aardvark books at Brampton Bryan.

Let's hope the weather improves a bit from now on!



Thursday, 21 December 2017

Nine seek the Solstice Sun

by Paul Rogers

Nine hardy souls gathered at the school layby for the 7.20am start, leaving us an hour to ride through Brockton to the Bury Ditches car park and then on foot to the summit. As is nearly always the case, the sun failed to appear due to thick cloud, but a good time was had by all celebrating the shortest day - hooray, summer is on the way! Trevor had braved shorts for the cool morning and headed home whilst the rest of us shot down to Clunton for a few pre-breakfast miles. Numbers swelled at the Poppy House for a big fry up to end what had been an excellent morning.

Sunday, 17 December 2017

Feast at the Green

by Paul Rogers

Once again, Liz took the helm and organised a sociable pre-Christmas ride to the Inn on the Green for a fabulous group lunch (many thanks Liz). Some rode their bikes, some walked, and a few even arrived by car (no names, but I blame Andrew for accepting a lift from us earlier in the day


when it was raining heavily, neither he nor I having taken any notice of the weather forecast...) A brilliant carvery meal, with the biggest plateful probably going to Huw, although closely followed by several others who had eyes bigger than their bellies. Good to see you all. Happy Christmas!

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Stiperstones

By Paul Rogers

Our final Wednesday meet of 2017 took 8 of us to the Stiperstones Inn, arriving from various directions within the space of a few minutes. John, Huw and I took a 34 mile route, storming down the B road from Chirbury towards Shrewsbury, only to find when we turned South that perhaps our new found form was something to do with the wind direction! The music selection in the bar was Christmas based, as to be expected, although perhaps from one of those CDs that would have been better left at the bottom of the pile. Much humming and even the occasional break out into full song did occur, so it was perhaps fortunate that we had the bar mostly to ourselves!

Writing this a week later, it is difficult to comprehend what has been and gone, with 10" of snow at the weekend and BC in a virtual lock down. Christmas dinner ride to the Inn on the Green next Sunday (17th), followed by our regular Winter Solstice visit to the top of Bury Ditches to hopefully see the sunrise (21st).


Stiperstones Inn
Snows at the weekend


Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Hopesgate? Where's that???

by Anne Roberts

Hopesgate? ...never heard of it!

Saturday evening and our Sunday plans had been postponed so we were free to go on the Castle Cyclists ride to The Stables Inn at Hopesgate. We had no idea where Hopesgate was so we looked on the map and wondered which route Paul, our ride leader would take. It was a chilly start and each of us had seen a different weather forecast so would it be cloudy, sunny or rain? It turned out to be an untypical November day with some sunshine and blue skies affording us fine views. There were just six of us to start but Jonathan popped out of a side road, no doubt having completed the Tour de Shropshire before breakfast. Beryl had taken the opportunity to get ahead but as we approached the turn off to Churchstoke our group became eight.

We cycled through Churchstoke, Chirbury, Marton and beyond. I was the only one to get a puncture but Paul and Liz provided a Lewis Hamilton style pit stop repair and we were pedalling once again. Quiet, undulating roads with a few steeper hills led us to our destination - Hopesgate and The Stables Inn. What a great pub! Three of the group had decided to take the more challenging route across Long Mountain so we arrived before them. 


Huw, Lou, Ben and a friend Paul had driven over to be sociable and to do a walk. Huw, did you ever make it up Bromlow Callow after that enormous lunch and the Ludlow Gold bitter? As time went on Beryl assured me that our three intrepid adventurers who were cycling over Long Mountain were okay. Just as Glynn, Liz and I were leaving with full stomachs Yavuz, Shirley and Jonathan arrived exhilarated and hungry.

Glynn suggested we return to Bishop's Castle via Snailbeach, Stiperstones and Linley Beeches. Feeling a bit weary I asked 'That's a bit hilly isn't it ?' 'No' said Glynn ' only slightly more than the main road'. Hoodwinked yet again! It was definitely a quieter and more scenic route but I am certain it would be classed as hilly. We returned to BC, summoned up enough energy to clean our bikes before relaxing with a pot of tea and a warm, satisfied glow. A big thank you to Paul, our ride leader, who as always, did a great job despite having a cold. I feel very privileged living in an area with so much beautiful countryside on our doorstep but also to have such good friends to enjoy it with so thank you to all those who made the effort to come out today.