Summer Dash 2024 to Clun – Sat 18th -Sun 19th May
May 18 @ 08:00 - May 19 @ 18:00
This year, the Summer Dash is going to Clun on the Welsh borders.
Clun is the site of one of the chain of castles and forts erected along the Welsh border in the 11th century by the Normans who had conquered England but certainly not Wales. Beautiful countryside and rolling hills create perfect biking country – both on road and green lanes
Of course the route is more than just there and back. – that would be a waste! So we will be taking in some awesome routes including the legendary Elan Valley on the way out and the Garth hills and A44 on the return leg. As we’re going about 250 miles each way, the route is mainly A and B roads to give us a spectacular mix of scenery and riding, allowing time for stops whilst still arriving at a reasonable time.
We’re staying at the White Horse Inn in Clun. This is a lovely old pub right in the centre of the village with a great atmosphere, roaring fires and the food is superb. And – it’s got its own brewery out the back.! Check it out HERE.
We’ve booked out all 8 rooms of which there are two twins, five doubles and one single. Only the single is on the ground floor. We’ve managed to negotiate a special price, including full breakfast, of £110 per room for single occupancy, or £65 each if shared. All rooms are en-suite.
If you would like to come on this trip please book HERE. Places are limited so it will be first come, first served.
The trip is open to All DWDAM members. Associates may book a place but on the proviso that they pass their test before we set off!
Outward Leg: Blandford Forum to Clun
Not perhaps the most direct route, but where’s the fun in that?
As this trip is mainly about the country to other side of the Severn, the outward leg is designed to take in the fantastic roads of mid Wales, and in particular the rolling hills around Llandovery and Lampeter and the Elan Valley. Our route will take us via the Severn Bridge / Monmouth and almost to Hereford on the A49, before cutting across onto the A465 to Hay on Wye, then A470 to Brecon. It’s then A40 to Llandovery then A482 to Lampeter before taking the A485 / B4343 to Devil’s Bridge (Pontarfynach). From there, it’s the B 4547 Elan Valley road to Rhayader, then A44 / A488 to Clun
All in, this is about 250 miles / 6 hours of riding, so we’ll start at 8am and stop every hour and a half or so at Tintern Abbey, Llandovery, Devil’s Bridge. We’ll then head to Clun, arriving before 6 pm
Return Leg: Clun to Blandford Forum
Obviously a waste to just come home, so after a full breakfast, Sunday morning is a not-to-be-missed opportunity to take the A470 from Newtown to Rhayader – lovely long sweeping bends as we go down the valley through LLangurig. A change of scenery takes us over the moors at Garth before returning to the Biker’s café and fuel stop at Crossgates
After tea and cake we will then start the trip home – commencing with the legendary A44 to Leominster. This is one of THE roads of Britain passing through stunning countryside and half timbered Tudor villages. After Leominster, we head south east to Gloucester and stop for coffee or an ice cream on Minchinhampton Common – a very pretty village outside Stroud. From there its down to Chippenham and the A350 to Blandford, arriving back in Tesco’s carpark before 6pm. All in, a trip of about 500 miles!
So, if this sounds like a fun weekend and you fancy coming please book HERE. However, remember that places are limited so it will be first come, first served!