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
Friday, 8 November 2019
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
Sunday, 23 December 2018
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
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 and Gatehouse, English Heritage|
Tuesday, 24 April 2018
The weather has not been great so far this year so the rides have been a little challenging at times.
Thursday, 21 December 2017
Sunday, 17 December 2017
Wednesday, 6 December 2017
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).
|Snows at the weekend|
Tuesday, 21 November 2017
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.