Magnificent Motorcycle Roads – The Long Mynd, Shropshire, UK

This is a short section of a long ride that me and a few friends did one day.

We joined each other in North Derbyshire, but some of the riders had already ridden from as far as York and the Lincolnshire Wolds by that point.

I was on the 650 Vstrom and from memory there was a later series 2, 650 Vstrom, a Tiger 800 and Cagiva Navigator among the other bikes,

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We set off West but cut south of Macclesfield towards Congleton and across Staffordshire and then south of Chester towards Wrexham.

That was the faster part of the journey. I was heading to a place called Minerva and a road that I only know as the road to Worlds End.

That will feature in another one of this series, but for now, we passed Minerva and the old mines cutting south towards Llangollen. We went up to the Ponderosa for lunch before heading south again on to Glyn Ceiriog.

We kept to single tracks all the way to Llanfair Caereinion before turning back east towards Montgomery and Bishops Castle, before we reached this road in one of my all time favourite areas, The Long Mynd, or Sleeping dragon.

The Sleeping Dragon is a high bluff that stick up between the modern border of Wales and what was once the old border. It is criss-crossed with old cart tracks and is very steep sided with a gliding club at the top.

The Run In

From Bishops Castle we rode to Asterton and up the road called the Port Way, then over Boiling Well, before dropping down again into the back of Church Stretton.

This is the route from the gliding club above Asterton to Church Stretton across the back of the Long Mynd.

It isn’t a long road and this is real time, but you could spend days exploring all the lanes up there.

We had been riding over 5 hours at this point and all had over 2 hours more riding before we got home. So we began the journey back, via Much Wenlock and the A38. We were all tired so it was as simple as take the fast route home.

Here is a map of the rough route, but in some of the section below Llangollen I was just winging it. If I saw a road I liked I just followed it as long as it was in vaguely the right direction.

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