This almost 80km’s over gravel and tar roads offers the best of the Midlands. Nice scenic views and lots of opportunities for excellent coffee at coffee shops like Flame Rouge in Nottingham Road, Terbodore and Barn Owl on the Curry;s post and Steampunk on the R103.
Turn left towards Dargle and Impendle
You have a 16 km stretch of tar ahead. The Dargle road is relatively quite and has enough space for cars to pass. You will find yourself climbing more than descending on these rolling hills
Turn right toward Nottingham road
Here you will enter the gravel road again for 16 km's.
Go straight and cross Lions River
Continue straight, just around the corner you will cross the Lions River
Turn right towards Nottingham road
A couple of hundred metres after you entered the tar road you have to turn right towards Nottingham Road. This 11 km stretch of tar is really nice
Turn right at T-junction
You have entered ... at the T-junction with ... pertrol station on your left turn right.
Just after railway tunnel turn left onto R103
100 metres after you turn right you go underneath a railway tunnel and direct after that you turn left on the R103
Maybe you started here which means you are done. Otherwise Flame Rouge is a nice place for a good cup of coffee.
Continue and go over N
Continue over the tar road, cross over N3 and pass the .. mill till you enter the gravel
Over gravel towards curry's post road
This gravel part is one of the worst parts I have experienced. A lot of corrugation.
Turn left onto Curry's post road
You have 9km.s of Tar road ahead from here with two great coffee shops: Terbodore and The Barn Owl Cafe.
Turn right towards Lions River
From the tar road you turn right onto the gravel riding mostly down hill towards Lions River.
Follow the road under the N3 and continue straight onto the gravel road.
Turn right onto R103
At the end of the gravel road turn right onto the R103. If you keen for a nice coffee turn left here and stop at Steampunk.
Turn left. This is the start of Kyberpass a 3 km climb with some steep sections
A short very steep climb....For when you started at Barn owl or Terbodore this is the last steep climb.
This road used to be open for the public but crosses since a couple of years Tillietudlem, a private nature reserve. Please inform the manager beforehand so he can make sure you can leave the reserve via an unlocked gate.
When you come out of the gate of Tillietudlem nature reserve you will continue on the tar road towards Boston. This road is mainly down hill which makes it quick and easy.
Turn left on to Gravel
Just a couple of hundred metres after Thumble Downs Cafe you turn left towards Karkloof. From here you leave the tar and enter the Gravel road.
You can extend the route here
If you are keen to ride a bit longer you can turn right here. You will come out on the Tar road opposite the Karkloof Country club. Turn left and after a couple of kilometres turn left again towards Curry's post road.You will pick up the route again a bit further down this gravel road.
Curry’s Post and Karkloof area
Curry’s post’s tar road forms 10 km of this loop, an easy and fast section as it is mainly downhill. The traffic on the road is not too bad so it is enjoyable and relaxing.
Entering the Gravel
Just after Tumblesdowns café, the route takes a left turn onto the gravel road towards Karkloof. Coming from the Curry’s post road, this stretch of Gravel is predominantly downhill, which allows you to enjoy the Farmlands and the view of the Karkloof nature reserve.
After turning left at the 4-way crossing, you will continue trough pristine midlands farmland. It’s never completely flat, but the hills are relatively short, and you will be rewarded with breath-taking views of the Karkoof Nature Reserve along the way.
Kyberpass and Elliot’s neck
The Kyberpass is an almost 3km long climb, which has some steep sections. Remember to pace yourself and enjoy the magnificent views. There is a little dam at the summit where you can take a breather.
Once you reach the top of Kyberpass, the hard work is over except for Elliot’s neck. This short but very steep climb will hurt your legs as a final test, but afterwards you can relax and ride downhill, with the option to get a nice cup of coffee at Terbodore.
After Eliot’s neck, you will arrive at the Curry’s post road, and take a left turn onto it. Shortly after the turn you will find Terbodore on your right hand side and a couple of km’s further, you will pass The Barn Owl Café.