Sunday 2nd August 2020 10:00am
Starting from - We are starting and ending the ride at the public car park in Audlem. Post code: CW3 0AH. Parking is free of charge. There are public toilets, but at the time of posting this ride, they have not reopened yet since lock down. CW3 0AH
A group of 5 picturesque rural churches in north Shropshire operate together under a benefice arrangement sharing a rector and administrative functions. This network is known as ‘AMICA’, this being an acronym comprised of the initials of the villages served: Adderley, Moreton Say, Iightfield, Calverhall and Ash. Clive of India born in Styche Hall, which can be viewed across fields from the route and buried in St Margaret’s, the parish church of Morton Say. A tour of these villages provides views of all 5 AMICA churches in a largely circular route through an idyllic landscape.
The cycling is on quiet country lanes with gently rolling terrain. No big hills! The route takes us through Audlem via a short section of the A525 to the quiet country lanes of Coxbank, Wilkesley, Lightfield, Asha Pava, and Ash Magna where we will have a quick look at the nearby Brown Moss Nature Reserve. This is a site of Special Scientific Interest with over 200 species of native wildflowers, including the rare Floating Water Plantain, possibly the rarest plant in Britain, and a collection of other wetland plants found in few other sites in England. We’ll return via a refreshment stop (lunch!) possibly at The Old Jack Inn at Calverhall. This is after 16 miles of riding. We will then continue to Moretonwood, Moerton Say, Longford, Longslow and Adderley, whose church is on the busy A529, a short section of which must be cycled before returning to Audlem via the Shropshire Union Canal tow path. This gives 28 miles of riding. Note – Approximately half of the towpath section is on hard surface, with the remainder on compacted earth which can be muddy and slippery after a lot of rain. The compacted earth section is probably not suitable for bikes with very skinny road tyres e.g racing bikes. If either the groups bikes or the conditions “under wheel” are not suitable to ride the tow path we will avoid this and Adderley, returning via Wilkesley and Cox Bank. This makes the ride 30 miles. This is not a beginner’s ride. It is suitable for ladies who already have experience and know that they can complete this distance. We never leave anyone behind. Back in Audlem, we can reward ourselves with an ice cream and/or a cup of coffee, depending upon the weather!
Cycle Helmets are compulsory. A drink and snack are advised. Keep an eye on the weather forecast, you might need a rain jacket or sun cream!! Please ensure you have a road worthy bike, along with a spare inner tube of the correct size for your bicycle wheel. Please don’t rely on a puncture repair kit. Experience shows it’s far quicker to simply change out for a new tube and then do your repair work at home! Please don’t panic about punctures as we can help. *** Any questions you would like to ask, please do not hesitate to get in touch.***