Midlands Tour – Clent Hills to Bakewell
- Tour duration: 2 days, 3 nights
- Total length of tour: 68 miles
- Total cycling time: 9 hours 45 minutes
The Midlands Tour has it all – quiet cycle paths and bustling city cycling through the centre of Birmingham, so you will have a real adventure! The tour begins at our Clent Hills campsite, set in a relaxing valley with stunning views.
On your first day you will enjoy a cycle up to Cannock Chase, which will see you cycling 35 miles through the midlands countryside and the bustling city centre of Birmingham. The campsite is set within an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with quiet forests, rolling hills and wild fallow deer surrounding the site – so you will a nice relaxing end to the first day of your tour.
Day two will take you through some beautiful scenery and quaint country villages. Towards the beginning of the route you will also cycle through Lichfield, home of a stunning 800-year-old cathedral that is worth stopping at. You will spend the second night of the tour at our Ashbourne Club Site. There is plenty to do nearby including Gulliver’s Theme Park, and the stately homes of Haddon Hall and Chatsworth House, so you may want to book an extra night or two to explore the area.
Leg 1: Clent Hills to Cannock Chase
On the first leg of your holiday, you will travel north through the midlands from Clent Hills to Cannock Chase. This leg of the tour is 35 miles and will take around four hours and 15 minutes to complete, taking you directly through Birmingham.
Starting from the ancient Clent Hills to the south of the city, the route will take you through the outskirts of Birmingham, along miles of off-road cycle ways and along the canal network.
Birmingham is a city of many surprises and well worth a visit. Did you know that Birmingham reputedly has more canals than Venice? In the middle of the 18th Century there were 174 miles of canal in the Birmingham area. Today this figure stands at approximately 114 miles, but take a gentle cycle along the canal network anywhere in Birmingham and it is hard to believe that you are in the centre of a major international commercial centre.
Stop off at the world-famous Jewellery Quarter, Symphony Hall, the ICC, Harvey Nichols and Selfridges, and after all of that, take a rest-stop at one of the many great eateries, coffee houses, cafe bars and restaurants offering delicious global cuisine.
After the excitement of the city, continue along the cycle route out of the town through West Bromwich, Walsall and onwards to the peaceful and beautiful Cannock Chase; a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a place for a well-deserved rest!
Leg 2: Cannock Chase to Ashbourne
On the second leg of your holiday, you will travel from Cannock Chase to Ashbourne. This leg of the tour has it all; beautiful scenery, quaint country villages, unspoilt countryside, plus all the hustle and bustle of the town. At just over 43 miles long, this part of the route will take approximately five hours and 30 minutes to complete.
The cycle route will take you through the heart of Lichfield city centre; an ideal place to refuel and have a look around the stunning site of Lichfield cathedral. The cathedral is over 800 years old and boasts an intriguing history, having been under siege during the civil war and restored under the reign of Charles II in the 1600’s. It is also home to a long-term display of the famous Staffordshire Hoard; the largest collection of Anglo-Saxon gold and silver metalwork ever found, anywhere in the world.
There are plenty of pubs and cafes along the route where you can stop and refuel; some of which are mentioned in the instructions.
Towards the end of the route you will reach Ashbourne, where you can get something to eat before the final part of your journey to Ashbourne Club Site, approximately four miles outside of the town.