We have a new sponsor for 2017  the Bridges YHA

As we approach the go-live for entries to this year Batch Burner, I’m sure everyone has made a New Year’s resolution to increase (or start) your training regime.  Here at BBHQ we’d love to hear your training stories, good or bad J.  If you’re choosing to make the Long Mynd your training ground, why not make a trip of it and stay with one of our partners?

 This year Mick Boulton from the YHA Bridges in Ratlinghope is one of our main sponsors.  Mick and his family bought this wonderfully traditional YHA back in the 90’s and have modernised it to what is now; a very comfortable rural idyllic place to stay.  One Trip Advisor reviewer describes the hostel as “Like something out of an Enid Blyton novel“ which seems appropriate seeing as The Bridges YHA was first founded in 1931 (the decade in which Blyton published some of her most famous works).  The Shropshire Way runs past the front door, running east up to the Long Mynd and West to the Stiperstones with excellent trails for bike riding or walking, so plenty of scope for Batch Burner training. Mick & team provide excellent facilities for cyclists with a secure cycle store on site as well as the all-important drying room.  Of course, you will have built up an appetite during your ride so why not enjoy a hearty home-cooked meal to replace those burned calories, followed by a pint at The Bridges pub right next door?  Once you’ve replenished your reserves you can simply relax in front of the open fire in the hostel’s cosy lounge.

 

Mick was also sweeper for us on our first Batch Burner in 2013 and was very generous with advice and help on setting up this event. He is a very keen mountain/road biker himself and runs week long alpine road cycling tours in the summer over the French alps as well as a summer solstice‘ dusk to dawn’ ride here in Shropshire. Do give him a call if you are interested in joining in.  ph 01694 722350

This small hostel, once the old village school, is tucked away in the Shropshire hills with the Long Mynd to the east and Stiperstones to the west. It is an ideal spot for ramblers with the Shropshire Way passing close by and a great network of uncrowded paths to explore. Ideally situated for the End to End cycle route and plenty of mountain biking opportunities. The nearby small towns of Church Stretton, Ludlow, Much Wenlock, Bishops Castle and sleepy Montgomery are all worth a visit. There’s also the Acton Scott working farm museum and Snailbeach former lead mines close by. The hostel has a good kitchen, lounge with wood fire, books and games, a drying room, a food shop and a large garden. One en suite room has some facilities for the disabled, phone to discuss your requirements. Meals are available, camping is allowed and there is a pub nearby.