3 Legs and 3 Beers (57kms - 35 Miles) Cycle Route

Cycle Route Details
Route Name3 Legs and 3 Beers (57kms - 35 Miles)
Cycle Route Location
Town/CityThe Greyhound Inn, Sutton Stop
Start LocationThe Greyhound Inn, Sutton Stop
End LocationThe Greyhound Inn, Sutton Stop
Cycle Steps
1. The route consists of main roads, country lanes & canal towpaths. 1st leg from Sutton Stop to Church End near Shustoke. The route is a little mundane along main roads but once you turn off after Fillongley, your onto narrow country lanes but caution needed as there is a lot of gravel in the middle of the lanes which makes breaking through tight bends 'interesting'. The Griffin Inn at Church End is a good real ale but. From Church End, head towards Atherstone but when you get to the Horse & Jockey at Bentley, turn right onto the bridleway that leads to Ridge Lane. When you get to Ridge Lane, continue straight across. After about 300 meters, on the right is a lane that leads to Church End Brewery but the bar has strange openning hours so check their website first. After another 300m turn left onto Purley Chase Lane - this becomes a very fast downhill section with a nasty sharp left bend at the end. At the traffic lights on the canal bridge, keep to the left then after the brige, cross over and down the steps and left onto the canal towpath. The next 2k is very uneven towpath! At Hartshill Basin (brige 32)leave the towpath and aim north towards the A5 - caution - this road has two bad junctions. At the A5, turn left then almost immediately right and continue to Fenny Drayton where at the T junction, turn left leading to the A444 where you effecively go straight across. The rest of the route to Stoke Golding is fairly well marked. The George & Dragon at Stoke Golding sells Church End beers and I recommend their cheesy chips whilst sitting in the garden at the back of the premises. From Stoke Golding, the route is fairly obvious towards the A5. About 2 meters on the right before the A5 is the turn down onto the disused railway line towards Nuneton - caution needed on that turn re traffic leaving the A5. Continue along the disused railway negotiating the down and up section on the A444. You should end up on a narrow path with fencing either side, and at the end there will be a gate after which turn right which leads under an narrow railway brige before going under a new large bridge, continue up the hill then right and later left until you pass a row of old terrace houses and reach a main road. Turn right onto the pavement then almost immediately right down onto the canal towpath and immediate 180 degree turn towards Nuneaton. Now its a really good towpath all the way through Nuneaton and towards Bedworth where the towpath isn't so good for a while. The towpath leads all the way back to The Greyhound for another well earned beer.
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