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50 miles of Herefordshire lanes + hills (UK Ride report)(38 posts)

50 miles of Herefordshire lanes + hills (UK Ride report)Hereford Flyer
May 28, 2003 12:29 PM
After the Yorkshire report the other week thought it about time for another UK one. As I am on half term holidays and getting plenty of road time in decided to do the Bredwardine / Garway loop.
Now if you don't know the county of Herefordshire it lies on the Welsh border in the South West Midlands of the UK. The county is one of the most unspoilt in the UK with thousands of miles of country lanes and plenty of undulating hills (maybe not so undualting in places!), lots of orchards, some vinyards (yes British vinyards!) and more farms than you can poke a stick at.

Any way on with the ride. Here's the bike ready to go. Have got 2000 miles on it since building it up in march and what a great handling bike. TCR composite, D.Ace 9 sp, Newton OS stem + bars, blue open pros, and USE Ti seat pin.

Downhill through Ruckhall WoodHereford Flyer
May 28, 2003 12:36 PM
Downhill through Ruckhall Wood - plenty of trees round these parts
Honeymoor common just outside of Eaton BishopHereford Flyer
May 28, 2003 12:42 PM
A flat land at Honeymoor common just outside of Eaton Bishop
Looking west up to Blakemere RidgeHereford Flyer
May 28, 2003 12:48 PM
Looking west up to Blakemere Ridge
Beautiful, but how do you pronounce "Herefordshire"? nmPdxMark
May 28, 2003 12:55 PM
"Hera - ford - shire" nmHereford Flyer
May 28, 2003 2:30 PM
Apple orchard at MoccasHereford Flyer
May 28, 2003 1:00 PM
on the Bredwardine road
Still one or two of the old red Payphone boxes aboutHereford Flyer
May 28, 2003 1:09 PM
where is DR. Who???bic
May 28, 2003 5:36 PM
The vicious secret down the side ...........Hereford Flyer
May 28, 2003 1:17 PM
What is the vicious secret down the side of the innocent looking Red Lion Pub?
Not a clue, but many thanks for the pics! nmnoveread
May 28, 2003 1:26 PM
The vicious secret down the side ...........philippec
May 28, 2003 1:26 PM
isn't that the road to Arthur's stone?

The secret revealed..................Hereford Flyer
May 28, 2003 1:25 PM
It's a nasty hill starts of with 25% for about 1/2 mile then levels out to about 20% for 1/4 mile (hey it seems real easy compared to 25% !) finishes off with 15% for 3/4 mile. 39 x 23 is a struggle for the 25% part - you know its hard when your cadence drops to 28 rpm!
The secret revealed..................bic
May 28, 2003 5:35 PM
"who the f#$% needs a caravan without wheel"?
Arthur's Stone ancient burial chamberHereford Flyer
May 28, 2003 1:32 PM
Arthur's Stone ancient burial chamber at the top of the climb. Dates from around 2000 BC. Legend has it that it's also the site of one of King Arthur's battles.
Another 25% road this time it's down hillHereford Flyer
May 28, 2003 1:38 PM
The descent to Dorstone in the Golden Valley.
Old gate house to a country estate.Hereford Flyer
May 28, 2003 1:44 PM
abot 30 miles into the ride at Kentchurch in the Monnow valley. About 2 miles from the Welsh border.
The long drag up to Garway village.Hereford Flyer
May 28, 2003 1:49 PM
Aout 35 miles in and 8 fig rolls gone.
Fig rolls? Great photos Flyer, 25% grade...rwbadley
May 28, 2003 6:49 PM
That is steep. I have been on 25%, but it was going around a switchback, and if you took the inside of the corner it was 25%. I can't think of doing that grade for more than (a few meters) without a triple. As for the descent... fun city!

Thanks for the tour!

Looking across the Monnow valleyHereford Flyer
May 28, 2003 2:00 PM
Green + lush - should be with all the rain in the last month.
Amazing Wysteria covered house.Hereford Flyer
May 28, 2003 2:05 PM
Probaby spelt it wrong but it's quite a site. 4 miles left to go.
Honey, would you please go out and prune the windows!? nmPdxMark
May 28, 2003 2:09 PM
Herefod City limitsHereford Flyer
May 28, 2003 2:13 PM
Almost home and back on a main road - plenty of traffic!
Wait! There's something wrong with this photoKristin
May 28, 2003 2:21 PM
Ah...that's better! You must becareful to ride on the proper side of the road.
Seriously, great ride report. Thanks for taking the time. nmKristin
May 28, 2003 2:21 PM
Hey wad-ya mean................................Hereford Flyer
May 28, 2003 2:44 PM
Hey wad-ya mean proper side!
It's the rest of the world who drive on the wrong side of the road from us Brits (apart from Japan and the Aussies of course).
Great ride report! Surprising it wasn't raining! (nm)GeoCyclist
May 28, 2003 5:22 PM
May 29, 2003 12:02 AM
how do you feel re 25% grades? up is a, er, challenge - and down is too steep usually for the type of road it is (small and twisty with blind corners) to let go and enjoy gravity - how did you manage without a triple? your knees must be paying!

England is beautiful - now we just need to work on the rain problem and 3:30pm-4:00pm sunsets in the winter...
Cool stuff. What is it like going down a 25% grade? nmMB1
May 28, 2003 4:13 PM
Cool stuff. What is it like going down a 25% grade?Hereford Flyer
May 29, 2003 5:57 AM
As MJ says above the 25% roads are twisty single tracks with lots of blind bends so you are always waiting to hit a tractor round the bend. It's a case of dabbing the brakes most of the time.
The 25% down to Dorstone has a T-junction slap bang at the bottom so you gotta stop real quick! Saying that there are still one or two stretches were you can let it rip - acceleration feels like an F1 car.
re: 50 miles of Herefordshire lanes + hills (UK Ride report)filtersweep
May 28, 2003 4:57 PM
Doesn't look like much of a road shoulder out in the sticks- do you receive much respect from motorists?
That looks great.Frith
May 28, 2003 6:43 PM
I spent some time near Sellafield in Northumberland on business last summer. Unfortunately I didn't have my bike. I can't tell you the number of times I looked at the rolling hills ahead of me and longed for two wheels. I have a bunch of family in Leeds whom I've not seen in far to long. I think when I do I'll have to bring the bike. Most of my family are cyclists and It will be nice to have someone show me the local routes.
Great Pics !flying
May 28, 2003 10:50 PM
Thanks for sharing & taking the time to shoot the pics.
Beautiful country you have there!
Nice pics and reportboneman
May 29, 2003 12:28 AM
HH- Living in London, I don't get to take advantage of the English country side, even when working in Kent. Those country lanes are a bit different from elbowing the odd London Red bus!

Nice pics & reportGileyD
May 29, 2003 4:55 AM
Nice one HF. I am not a million miles from you - down in Bristol. I will have to get up to Herefordshire one day to try the riding out.

I've done a few 25% climbs on Exmoor on my triple-equipped bike (30x26 smallest), but havn't yet attempted anything quite that steep on my Litespeed (39x25 smallest), though there are quite a few 17 - 19% climbs round here that I ride regularly.
great picsPatrick
May 29, 2003 5:29 AM
Really enjoyed the photos. The climbs look tough. I live and ride in Essex which is largely flat. I only ever use the 39 if I am into a strong wind and totally packed out. I have ridden a bit in Peak District where I spent a lot of time on the 39. Enjoy!!
Outstanding ride report, thanks for sharing! nmnoveread
May 29, 2003 8:02 AM
Great pics and write up, very beautiful there! (nm)js5280
May 29, 2003 9:18 AM