- West Midlands Gravel Rides
Have a bit of time off work this week to explore new routes. Based close to Solihull. Ridden the usual off road stuff around Cotswolds, Wyre, Shropshire, Cannock, ocasionally Peaks. I usually hit the roads south of Birmingham to train but fancy a change. Does anybody know of any more ‘all weather’ routes in the area that would be good for a rigid 29er.
I have the maps out too 😉
TxPosted 2 months agoMalvern RiderMember
Have ridden rigids around the W Mids most of my life but ‘gravel’ rides it ain’t. A few miles of decent fire roads in the Wyre is all I can figure off the top of my head.
Best bet for distance is to the nearest canal towpaths and explore. I hear that one goes all the way to Llangollen?Posted 1 month agodisco_stuMember
No real routes to recommend but I nornally use the canals and various green routes to link up places like Sandwell Valley, Edgbaston Reservoir, Woodgate Valley etcPosted 1 month ago
You can also get to Barnt Green via the canal (with a bit of road) to add in the Lickey Hills and then onto the Clent Hills.rOcKeTdOgSubscriber
Depends what you class as gravel rides. If it’s usual routes but on a gravel bike so a mix of short sections of tarmac, very muddy bridleways, lots of slick tree rooted forest, sandy field edges, canal towpath, wooden steps, gravel double track, slick clay cut throughs, draggy grass and moorland and trails the local MTBers have built in the woods then there’s a lot of scope from Kings Norton out to Worcester. If it’s gravel rides in the American sense of long forest road type stuff then there’s not a lot.
There’s a few west midlanders on the UKGRAVELCOLLECTIVE Facebook page, might worth posting there too https://www.facebook.com/groups/1398829490247760/Posted 1 month ago
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