Circular tour around Stoke
We asked Sam Haddad of Cooler magazine to join us on a cycling break and share with you her route and top tips. A stage of the Tour of Britain nearly breaks Sam as she completes a punishing sportive in the Staffordshire rain.
Head out of the city of Stoke, and go across the M6 motorway, south via Swynnerton to Eccleshall, then east towards the pretty market town of Stone. The ride then follows the Trent Valley to Sandon before heading east and skirting Uttoxeter. The climbs then start to come thick and fast as you traverse the stunning Staffordshire Moorlands and on to the super tough climb of Gun Hill, just after Tittesworth Reservoir.
You’ll then head back towards Stoke passing the Rudyard Reservoir and crossing the Churnet Valley near Cheddleton.