2017 Autumn Leaves Introduction.
HRCR Autumn Leaves Classic Tour 2017
For the Autumn Leaves this year we move further out from the Royal Forest of Dean for the start. We return to the morning break venue used on this year’s Daffodil Run, the Yew Tree Inn at Chaceley Stock. This venue on the banks of the River Severn is situated alongside the sailing club with ample car parking space.
The First section takes in the lowland area of the River Severn with roads that have unusually wide grass verges on both sides skirting around Tewkesbury but taking in Upton on Severn. In this section at a point named Hill End is a spectacular view point where a 360-degree view is available taking in up to 3 mountain ranges stacked in sequence behind each other.
We then travel to the Malvern’s a title given to encompass Great Malvern, Little Malvern, Malvern Wells and Malvern Link. After traversing the common land at Castle Morton, we travel up to Hollybush affording more panoramic views of the Severn valley. A run then down through Cobbs Cross and onto the morning halt at the Staunton Garden Centre.
A welcome Tea/Coffee and a piece of cake await you with ample time to explore the garden centre.
The Second section is through the more traditional countryside of Up and High Leadon’s. The route passes through the Leadon valley crossing the tranquil River Leadon that feeds into the mighty River Severn near Gloucester. The village of Tibberton is next followed by Kents Green, these roads are used on the Daffodil run when they are flanked both sides with daffodils. A picturesque run now follows over Anthoneys Cross towards Cliffords Mesne before climbing up to the back road around Mayhill giving views of many counties. The route then passes through Aston Ingham and Gorsley before a run along the Linton Ridge road. There are good views on both sides of this road and also as we head towards the afternoon Tea Halt at the Wellwishers Café in Mitchealdean for our Tea/Coffee and biscuit stop.
The finial section is a return to the Royal Forest of Dean for the full in all its glory autumn colours with a deviation towards Lydney passing close to the banks of the River Severn. Then back into the forest proper through Soudley and the tree enclaved road to Blackpool bridge, Moseley Green and Parkend before the winding full of Autumn colours road to the Speech House Hotel. Look out for the grass verge damage that has been carried out by the wild boar. A run up over the Pludds with another stunning view point now high above the River Wye near Ruardean and then a sweeping run down to Lydbrook High street (at 1.5 miles long it is believed to be the longest high street in the U/K) via the open hairpins followed by a steep climb up Worral Hill to the A4136.
The final road section takes in roads that show the colour that is the Royal Forest of Dean at this time of year. Then back to the end of event carvery meal at The Forest Hills Golf and Country Club.