Get Dunlop tyres fitted at the ABR Festival 2024

With less than a week to go until the ABR Festival 2024, it’s time to get your bike ready and start planning your weekend.

Whether you want to head straight for the Bridgestone Trail, catch Adam Riemann speaking about his adventures, or just set up your tent and reward yourself with a pint from the Spada Bar, there’s so much on throughout the entire weekend.

But if you’re riding to the festival, have you considered which route you’re going to take? Or maybe you’ve never explored the Cotswolds or the wonderful Malvern Hills that are on the doorstep of Ragley Hall?

With this in mind, we’ve devised three self-guided routes to help you explore the beautiful local countryside with help from our friends at Garmin.

You can pop out of the festival for a few hours for a cracking ride, or you could incorporate them into your travel to and from the festival.

Read on to discover three self-guided routes for you to enjoy at the ABR Festival 2024.

These roads around Ragley Hall are actually the stomping grounds of the Adventure Bike Rider team (our offices are based just up the road in Stratford-upon-Avon), so we’ve been sure to take in some of our favourite roads to ride, including a few we use to test new motorcycles for the magazine.

So, pick a route from below and discover the best riding that Warwickshire, Worcestershire, and the Cotswolds have to offer.

Once you’ve chosen your route, all you need to do is punch the waypoints into your SatNav and head off on a cracking ride.

Enjoy the ride.

Tour the Heart of England

Discover William the Conqueror’s castle, a dinosaur island, and a nuclear bunker

Length: 85 miles

Estimated time: 2 hours 45 minutes

Those of you familiar with Adventure Bike Rider magazine may know that we’ve been based just a stone’s throw from Ragley Hall ever since we published the first issue back in 2010, which means we’ve come to know this part of the world pretty well.   

So, this route is a regular ride for the ABR team and one we’re pleased to be able to share with you all. If you choose to ride it non-stop, it’ll take you about two hours and 45 minutes, but there are so many places to stop and explore along the way, that it can easily make for full morning or afternoon ride.   

From Ragley Hall, we head north west to Warwick, via some terrific twisty roads that take you through the villages of Wootton Wawen and Claverdon. The roads here are tucked away and an absolute joy to ride, with plenty of sweeping bends to put a smile on your face. The eagle-eyed among you may even recognise them from photos featured in some bike reviews of Adventure Bike Rider magazine.   

We then head into the historic town of Warwick and its medieval castle, which was built by William the Conqueror in 1068. It is wonderfully preserved and certainly worth parking up and spending some time exploring.  

From Warwick, we ride towards the hills of Burton Dassett, a country park that offers far-reaching views of the surrounding countryside, an area once roamed by dinosaurs. The Burton Dassett hills were formed during the Jurassic period some 200 to 400 million years ago when the area was a sub-tropical sea, and to the south east, evidence of an island populated by dinosaurs has been found.  

After you’ve let your imagination run wild, we hop back in the saddle and take in one of the best roads in the area, the twisting Sun Rising Hill. Our route then takes us to the battlefield at Edgehill, where the first encounter of the English Civil War took place. It’s here that King James I’s Royalist army met Parliamentarian forces head on, and the distinctive octagonal tower of the Castle Inn is said to mark the spot where King James raised the Royal standard before the two armies clashed. 

From Edgehill, we pass through the picturesque towns of Shipston-on-Stour and Chipping Camden before winding our way up Fish Hill. This twisting climb is the closest thing we get to an alpine pass in the Cotswolds, and while it’ll never rival the likes of the Stelvio Pass in terms of thrills, it’s still a fun road to ride.   

At the top, we reach Broadway Tower, a Capability Brown folly that is a fine example of the British eccentricity that affords views over 16 counties on a clear day. Leaving the tower behind, we zip along faster roads, skirt the town of Evesham, and arrive back at Ragley Hall ready to delve back into the festival action.  

Tour the Heart of England

Enter the following waypoints in your SatNav and you’ll follow, as near as dammit, the route. Just make sure you select the option to avoid motorways or highways on your device. 

  1. Wootton Wawen 
  2. Claverdon 
  3. Warwick 
  4. Lighthorne 
  5. Burton Dassett 
  6. Kineton 
  7. Edgehill 
  8. Epwell 
  9. Shipston-on-Stour 
  10. Chipping Campden 
  11. Broadway Tour Country Park
  12. Ragley Hall

Discover the best of the Cotswolds

Shakespeare, Venice, and a wife of Henry VIII

Length: 88 miles

Estimated time: 2 hours 30 minutes

There’s something quintessentially English about the Cotswolds. Its peaceful tangle of golden villages, thatched cottages, and rolling hills look like they’ve been taken straight from a Hollywood movie. 

In fact, numerous films from Braveheart to Bridget Jones’ Diary have been filmed or set in this designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which attracts millions of visitors each year from around the world.  

With this in mind, we’d recommend setting aside a few hours during the festival to saddle up and explore, and this 88-mile route will help you do just that. It will take around two hours and 30 minutes to ride in one hit, but be sure to give yourself more time to stop and enjoy the sights along the way.  

Starting in Ragley Hall, we take a short ride along the A46 to Stratford-upon-Avon, where we find the birthplace of the world’s most famous playwright, William Shakespeare. His house in Henley Street is still standing and has been turned into a tourist attraction with an adjoining visitor centre. It’s certainly worth a visit, whether you want to look inside, or simply park up and get a view from the street. 

Leaving Stratford behind, we continue through a series of leafy country lanes, with plenty of twists and turns that lead us to one of the most popular tourist attractions in the Cotswolds, Bourton-on-the-Water. Known locally as the Venice of the Cotswolds, Bourton features a series of low bridges dating back to 1654 that cross the River Windrush, which flows through the centre of this charming village. There is free parking on the main street, so take a break from the saddle, grab an ice cream, and take a stroll along the stony pathways and bridges.  

 Suitably refreshed, it’s time to hit the road through more leafy lanes in the direction of Winchcombe, home to the impressive Sudeley Castle, where the remains of King VIII’s last surviving wife, Katherine Parr, are buried.  and its vast grounds, which we pass by on the way in. From here, we turn north, passing through the picturesque village of Broadway, where you can stop for a coffee, or even another ice cream, from one of the shop’s quaint main parade. After that it’s a quick blast back to Ragley Hall to rejoin the festival fun. 

 Enter the following waypoints in your SatNav, and you’ll follow, as near as dammit, the route. Just make sure you select the option to avoid motorways or highways on your device. 

Explore the best of the Cotswolds

  1. Shakespeare’s Birthplace
  2. Shipston-on-Stour 
  3. Chipping Norton 
  4. Fulbrook 
  5. Bourton-on-the-Water 
  6. Winchcombe 
  7. Broadway 
  8. Ragley Hall 

The magnificent Malverns

Healing waters, the world’s oldest hill climb, and Elgar country

Length: 92 miles

Estimated time: 2 hours 50 minutes

Wherever there are hills or mountains, there’s a strong possibility there are also going to be some cracking roads to ride. Of course, while the Midlands isn’t blessed with the dramatic peaks of the Alps or the Pyrenees, there is some fantastic riding to be found in the Malvern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This range of hills that tower above the surrounding countryside were a favourite of English composer Edward Elgar, who drew inspiration from the area for his musical compositions, and once you travel through them, you can understand why.  

To help you explore the best of the Malverns, this 91-mile route roughly follows the length of the Worcestershire Way, a long-distance footpath in the area that cuts across some truly outstanding scenery.  

In total the ride will take around two hours and 50 minutes to complete non-stop, although as ever, we’d recommend you give it more time to soak up the views and grab a hot drink along the way. 

From Ragley Hall, we head towards the small spa town of Droitwich Spa, which was known as Salinae during the Roman era due to the salty brine springs that rise from subterranean beds of pure rock salt 2,000ft below. There’s a statue dedicated to the local salt workers off St Andrew’s Street. 

After passing through town, we travel to Bewdley and the start of the Worcestershire Way. The small, charming riverside town is the perfect place to grab a coffee or something to eat in one of the many cafés along the River Severn, before hitting the road again as we travel south through the Malverns. 

On the way we pass by Shelsley Walsh, the world’s oldest motorsport venue and home to hill climbs, sprint races, and sporting trials, a definite point of interest for those with petrol in the blood, before continuing on to Knightwick. Here we’ll ride down Ankerdine Hill, a steep road that hits an incline of 17% at some points, before stunning views of Worcestershire open up as we head towards the spa town of Great Malvern. 

From here we turn back towards the ABR Festival, taking some quicker country roads before a short stint on the A44 and the A46 takes us to the gates of Ragley Hall, ready for a well-earned beer in the Spada Bar. 

Enter the following waypoints in your SatNav and you’ll follow, as near as dammit, the route. Just make sure you select the option to avoid motorways or highways on your device. 

  1. Droitwich Spa 
  2. Bewdley 
  3. Shelsley Walsh Hillclimb 
  4. Knightwick 
  5. Storridge 
  6. Great Malvern 
  7. Little Malvern 
  8. Pershore 
  9. Ragley Hall 

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