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Tolkien Adventure - From Shire to Shire

Middle England - quiet lanes, babbling rivers, lakes & forests an adventure in the Goyt Valley

  • 6 hr
  • From 130 British pounds
  • Beehive Inn SK23 9UT

Service Description

Starting at the Beeehive Inn in the 'honeypot' village of Combs, this is one of our favourite one way tours. It completes at Wincle near to the Ship Inn and Brewery. The tour follows part of the Mid Shires Way and feels as though it returns to the safety of the Shires with an array of landscapes and adventures in between. The route climbs out of Combs steeply on minor roads and around Ladder Hill to descend into Shallcross. (Alternatively for the more experienced rider take Long Lane to Shallcross and navigate a rugged, stony and gnarly track) Segments of the tour from Shawcross to Fernilee Reservoir via Taxal may require a dismount and push but the views are worth it and once the reservoir is reached it is easy going from there. Memorable views abound from scenic forest tracks above the lake and then a climb to just below Cats Tor. Minor roads then descend pass an old chapel through pastureland before reaching Bottom of the Oven. Macclesfield Forest provides a distinct change of scene enabling far reaching views to the west and a car free surface to traverse down to Ridgegate Reservoir. Perhaps a short detour to the Leather’s Smithy Pub or just continue on minor roads passing little hamlets to reach the wonderful Ship Inn and Wincle Brewery. Avoid dragons and spiders on your way! Difficulty - Advanced Black Tour Theme - Geology & Landscape, Rivers & Reservoirs Surface - Tracks, bridleways and minor roads and short dismounts will be necessary Distance - 21 miles Time Allocated - 6 hours Refreshment Stop Options - Combs, Bottom of the Oven, Ridgegate and Wincle Transportation - price includes a taxi ride back to Combs and delivery / collection of the e Bikes Tour Ref - 33

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Cancellation Policy

Running Tours is our business so as a general rule we cannot accept last minute cancelation requests where we cannot easily re-book the date. If you need to change the date of your pre-booked tour we do ask for at least seven days notice so that we have the opportunity to re-book your slot. There is no additional charge for changing the date of your tour. If you give us less than 7 days notice and we cannot resell the slot we reserve the right to charge a 50% re-booking fee. We do not offer refunds on cancelled tours only the opportunity to re-book As a general rule we will not cancel any eBike tours based on the weather unless the conditions are so extreme they are not safe for cycling. We use the Met Office to monitor if any severe weather warnings are expected

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