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The ABR Midlands Rally
Last years ABR Midlands Rally was a hoot so if you fancy a weekend camping, riding and chewing the fat around a big camp fire in the sunny Midlands during August 2012 read on.
The campsite is on a farm about 8 miles out of Stratford with full off road/Enduro riding facilities. We'll be camping in a fantastic rural location – it's a wild camp, if you can call anything in Warwickshire 'wild' – but we will be hiring in Portaloos for nose powdering and the like.
There will be three types of ride outs available on the Saturday and the Enduro course on the farm is there for you to ride at any time. And if you were there last year then you'll know it's big bike friendly and as easy or as tough as you want it.
This year I'll be setting a challenge and the first one to do it will be on free beer for the weekend. Here's the challenge.........I'll buy the beer for the 1st person to ride through the bog pictured in my avatar without stopping.
Ride outs on the Saturday will include three options.......
1 Enduro and mud plugging.
2 Tour of the Green lanes of the Cotswolds
3 Road tour of the Cotswolds - with a cream tea and scones.
And we may also have a mass ride out to the ABR offices for a piccie and a stop off in nearby Stratford upon Avon to scare the locals.
Coming from the North
From M40 junction 15, Take the A429 towards Cirencester. Enter the Village of HALFORD take the first left,(if you pass a pub on the right or petrol station on left you have gone to far). Into IDLICOTE ROAD. You come to a sharp left bend in the road with a right fork - take the right fork. Follow the lane for about a mile until it drops down a hill - the campsite is on the right through a gate at the bottom of the hill. If you continue up the hill GRANBY FARM is on the right.
From Stratford upon Avon
Take the A4300 to Shipston on Stour. At the roundabout just past the village of Newbould on Stour take the 1st turning (heading north) to Halford on the A429 (The Fosse Way) After about 2 miles you enter Halford and take a right just past the garage into IDLICOTE ROAD - see above.
£13 per night which includes full use of the off road trails on the farmland plus male and female portaloos and marquee.
There will be a catering van on site from Friday lunchtime serving all the usual nosh; burgers, bacon, sausage, curry, chips etc plus tea and coffee. The van will be on-site until Sunday morning and will be serving full breakfast. It's the same van as 2011 and you'll not be disappointed with quality and quantity.
We've also decided to hire a small marquee again so that if the weather weather is crap there will be some cover.
Charles the farmer will provide firewood for the campfire as he did in 2011.
There is a garage, small shop and pub in Halford - about 2 miles away.
Shipston on Stour is approx 4 miles away and has supermarkets, pubs, hotels, b&b's, chip shops, Chinese and Indian take aways.
You can see pics from the 2011 Rally here
And if you want to know more, here's a link to the threads from the 2011 rally