UK Ride – Long Mynd
A seriously tough but beautiful ride in the Shropshire Hills.
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Starting from Church Stretton, head east on the B4371 (Sandford Avenue) across the A49 and through Hope Bowdler to Wall.
Turn right onto Darby Lane and continue through Ticklerton to Acton Scott, across the A49 to Minton and Little Stretton back to Church Stretton.
Take a left in the town centre and up The Burway. Towards the top, bear right, heading north to Ratlinghope. Continue on smaller roads over the Long Mynd and up to the Stiperstones.
From here, the route is less severe and includes the only A-road section – a brief 4km on the A488. Asterton Bank is a killer, but at least you can put everything into it, knowing that it’s all downhill from there to the finish.