Min Willoughby de Broke, the High Sheriff of Warwickshire, is taking on a a gruelling five-day cycling challenge across the length and breadth of Warwickshire.

Her 200+ mile ride will finish in Atherstone ahead of the AJ Bell Women’s Tour’s individual time trial in the town on Wednesday 6 October.

Between 1 and 5 of October, Min Willoughby de Broke will be cycling over 200 miles around Warwickshire with two key aims:

  • To showcase the incredible people, organisations and independent businesses that make Warwickshire the best it can be to live, work and visit; and
  • To raise £10,000 for the High Sheriff’s Fund, which was established to hand-out grants to the many small voluntary and community organisations operating at a grassroots level in Warwickshire.


Anyone wishing to support Min’s fundraising efforts for her Big Bike Ride, please visit her JustGiving page here.


The itinerary for the Big Bike Ride is as follows:

Day one: Friday 1 October 2021
The Big Ride Ride will begin at 9am at Shipston High School in Shipston on Stour and end at Henley in Arden at around 3:35pm

Along the route, Min will be passing through Shipston, Stratford, Bidford, Alcester, and Henley in Arden and covering a total distance of 50 miles.

Day two: Saturday 2 October 2021
Min will be starting out at 9:30am at the Garden Shed in Wellesbourne and ending at the Acre Close Community Building in Whitnash.

Along the route, she will be visiting a number of locations that have hosted previous editions of the Women’s Tour in Warwickshire including Wellesbourne, Warwick, Kenilworth, Leamington, and Whitnash and covering a total distance of 35 miles

Day three: Sunday 3 October 2021
Day 3 will see the High Sheriff beginning (9:45am) and ending (2:45pm) her ride at the Gilkes Garage Café in Kineton.

Along this circular route, Min will be taking in some of Warwickshire’s most picturesque scenery and villages, stopping at Burton Dassett Hills Country Park (where in 2019 the Women’s Tour hosted its first-ever summit finish), Chesterton Windmill and Compton Verney and covering 38 miles

Day four: Monday 4 October 2021
On her penultimate day of cycling, Min will begin in Southam at 9:10am and end at Ryton Pools Country Park, just outside Rugby, at 3:10pm.

Her route will take her through Southam, Rugby, Bulkington and Brinklow and cover a total of 45 miles.

Day five: Tuesday 5 October 2021
On the final day of her challenge, Min will undertake another circular route, beginning (9am) and ending (3:45pm) in Atherstone.

Her route will take her through Atherstone, Polesworth, Coleshill, Bedworth and Nuneaton covering 45 miles in total.

The final day of cycling has been purposely timed to coincide with the start of stage three of the AJ Bell Women’s Tour which takes place on Wednesday 6 October in Atherstone and where Min will set proceedings in motion by waving the flag to start the event at just before midday.

In quotes

Lady Willoughby de Broke, said of her Bike Ride: “I knew that when I became High Sheriff that I wanted to do something big, something that would challenge myself while shining a light on all the amazing businesses and organisations that contribute to making Warwickshire the best it can be!

“I am under no illusion that cycling over 200 miles in October will be an easy feat, but it is worthwhile if it showcases the beauty of this County and the amazing character and kindness of its residents and raises essential money to help grassroot organisations across the county.”

Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Leader of Warwickshire County Council, said: “We are so fortunate that we live in Warwickshire, a county with a wide array of outstanding natural beauty and equally outstanding organisations, independent businesses and communities who all work tirelessly together to make this county the best it can be.

“We are equally lucky to have such a passionate (and no less tireless) High Sheriff, in Min, who has dedicated her tenure in the role to raising the profile of all the different elements that make our County such an incredible place to live, work, play and visit.

“I would like to wish Min all the very best for this ambitious cycling challenge and hope as many of our residents as possible come out to support her across the five days of cycling.”