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Easter 2009 UK Tandem Rally

Ludlow Community Centre,

Ludlow, Shropshire, England

Thursday, 9th April 2009 - Monday, 13th April 2009

The Event




Around 80 people attended the rally, which was based at the Ludlow Conference Centre, Ludlow, Shropshire. The Conference Centre provided meals for those people staying there and for anyone else on the rally who wanted meals. They also supplied take away lunch packs.



Each day various route options were offered where all routes for a given day went off in a similar direction.



The weather throughout the weekend was mostly sunny and mild, for the time of year, with very little wind.
Tandems at Ludlow Community Centre

Spring at Ludlow Community Centre



Thursday

Route option:



  • 25m – Easter Warm Up

    A route was provided for those arriving early.



Friday

Route options:



  • 36m – The Land of the Mortimers

  • 45m – Around the Marches

    In Shobdon the route turns right down a bridleway around Shobdon Airfield

  • 55m - a Raid into Wales

Tandem on Whitcliff Hill

Climbing out of Ludlow on Whitcliff Hill (1)

Tandem on Whitcliff Hill

Climbing out of Ludlow on Whitcliff Hill (2)

Tandems near Burrington

Near Burrington on the way to coffee at Walford

Tandemists at Brampton Bryan

Dark clouds over Brampton Bryan



Saturday

Route options:



  • 33m – Aymestry Amble (includes detours to Shobdon and Richards Castle)

    First turn after leaving Bishop Mascall Centre is a left into Tower Street which is pedestrianised.

    At Mortimers Cross the route goes right to visit Shobdon Church and Arches, the last quarter mile on bridleway. It then returns to Mortimers Cross. To miss out the detour turn left at Mortimers Cross. There is a similar detour to Richards Castle.



  • 53m - A Pedal to Presteigne

    First turn after leaving Bishop Mascall Centre is a left into Tower Street which is pedestrianised.

    At Bromfield (on return to Ludlow) the turn immediately before the A49 is onto a bridleway. This becomes a surfaced road at Priors Halton.



Tandem at Shobdon Church looking towards the Arches

At Shobdon Church looking towards the Arches

Tandem approaching Shobdon Church

Approaching Shobdon Church

Tandem at Yarpole

At Yarpole

Tandems between Lucton and Eyton

Between Lucton and Eyton



Sunday

Route options:



  • 26m South Shropshire Circular – All Routes:

    First turn after leaving Bishop Mascall Centre is a left into Tower Street which is pedestrianised

    From Ludlow to Bromfield the route goes along a bridleway through Priors Halton.

    In Bromfield there is a subway under the A49.

  • 47m – South Shropshire Circular

    This route includes the short cut from Acton Farm to Horderley (missing out Church Stretton).



  • 53m – South Shropshire Circular

    This route goes up to Church Stretton and returns via Little Stretton and Hamperley.



  • 56m – South Shropshire Circular

    This route goes up to Church Stretton then over the Long Mynd to Horderley.



Tandem between Bromfield and Onibury

Between Bromfield and Onibury

Tandem climbing out of Craven Arms

Climbing out of Craven Arms (1)

Tandem climbing out of Craven Arms

Climbing out of Craven Arms (2)

Tandem climbing out of Craven Arms

Climbing out of Craven Arms (3)

Tandem climbing out of Craven Arms

Climbing out of Craven Arms (4)

Tandem climbing out of Craven Arms

Climbing out of Craven Arms (5)

Tandem climbing out of Craven Arms

Climbing out of Craven Arms (6)

Tandem approaching Ludlow

Returning to Ludlow



Monday

Route options:



  • 18m – Clee Hill Joyride

    This route takes the shorter, flatter route from Knowlegate to Tenbury Wells, returning by the Thursday route.



  • 32m – Clee Hill Joyride

    This is the main route (without shortcuts or extensions) which goes through Knowlegate to Cleobury Mortimer and returns via Tilsop.



  • 34m – Clee Hill Joyride

    This route goes through Knowlegate to Cleobury Mortimer, then returns by way of an extra loop via Tenbury Wells.



Tandems returning to Ludlow from Tenbury Wells

Returning to Ludlow from Tenbury Wells