This one is the perfect day out for all the gravel grinders out there, with the beautiful and historic townships of the Upper Lachlan perfectly spaced apart for mid-ride coffees and bites to eat at Taralga, Laggan and Crookwell, no matter where you choose to start or end this ride.
Leaving from Crookwell, you'll travel initially on a sealed road before it soon turns to gravel as you head towards Roslyn. The road throughout the entire road is relatively flat, with gentle undulations the whole way. You'll be passing through pastoral country landscapes with wide sweeping vistas for most of this journey; with a few sections through dry sclerophyll Eucalypt forest.
We've mapped it from Crookwell but, as a circuit, it could be just as easily commenced from either Taralge or Laggan, depending on where you stay on the nights either side of the ride; and we recommend that you do stay in the area for the nights pre and post ride to get the most from your time in the Upper Lachlan, and to ensure a full day to enjoy the ride.
The route can, of course, be completed just as easily in the opposite direction, and especially if you decide to swap your afternoon tea break in Laggan for a morning coffee/brunch instead.
FOOD AND DRINK
Whichever way you choose to ride this route, and from any of the three main townships of Crookwell, Taralga or Laggan, you won't be riding for more than around 40-45km before you'll arrive at the next township and ready for a bite to eat and something to drink. There are plenty of options in Crookwell including cafes, a takeaway and the local IGA. At Taralga, you can choose the Tangled Vine Cafe, the Ploughman Cafe or the Taralga Hotel; and in Laggan - either the Laggan Pantry or the Laggan Hotel. Whichever you choose among these options, you can't go wrong. All have great coffee, great menus and comfortable surrounds to sit and watch the world go by while you contemplate the next leg of the journey.
92.64 km / 57.564 mi
1,094 m / 3,589 ft
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