(B) Three-day cycling weekend from Hooton to Bala, Shrewsbury and back to Hooton

10:00 Friday April 26 2024

Current Participants: 2 space(s) available

    Ride leader: Ewan Wilkinson
    This is a reasonably challenging ride, depending on your experience. There is no back up vehicle planned.  It is “credit card” touring, staying in small hotels. I can pack what I need into about 8-9 litres, weighing 3-4 kg – either in a bar bag, an under-seat pack or small “camel back”.  Basically a change of clothes for the evening, waterproofs and a few spares. Contact me if you would like a kit list.  We will use unclassified roads as far as possible. Not all the route will have been ridden beforehand.

    Meet outside Hooton station at 9.45 for 10 am, Friday 26th April

    Day 1 Friday      53 miles 3200 feet of climb (one section past Llyn Gweryd to be checked if passable on a road bike)

    Route on Komoot: Hooton to Bala : Route down to the board walk to cross the Dee at Shotton. Up through Buckley, round the east of Mold, then on small roads to Llandegla (30 miles) or Corwen (38 miles) for lunch and through Cynwyd and west along the valley to Bala for the night.

    Day 2 Saturday      57 miles 3200 foot of climb

    Route on Komoot: Bala to Shrewsbury : Going south from Bala, a considerable climb over the Hirnant pass to drop rapidly to Lake Vyrnwy. Coffee at the dam? Lunch at café in Llanfyllin (25 miles). Through Four Crosses and Crew Green, then on small roads to Asterley and Hook-a-gate to approach Shrewsbury from the south west, where we stay over night.

    Day 3 Sunday      58 miles 1,400 foot of climb

    Route on Komoot: Shrewsbury to Hooton via Farndon : North from Shrewsbury using small roads, through Ellesmere to Farndon for lunch (35 miles).  Through Pulford and Dodleston down to Saltney to cross the Dee. Up through Blacon and Saughall and back to Hooton.