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Total distance 99 km
Total gravel road64 km Gravel
Total tar road35 km Tar
Total climbing2200 meter of climbing

Dargle - Boston loop

With almost 100 km and more than 2000 meters of climbing we don’t consider this an easy route. But don’t let it stop you riding this route as it is a beautiful ride trough the Dargle valley. The 60km of gravel road brings you to Boston past the b… and nature reserve.

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Slowly climbing to towards 1500m

From Piggly Wiggle at 925 meter we took… into the Dargle valley for a climb to almost 1500 meter. This tar road trough the valley is popular by cyclists as it has nice rolling hills and is relatively quite with traffic. After 17,5 km we hit the gravel road towards Impendle and continued our climb towards the highest point of the route. Despite some really bad patches with corrugation we had beautiful views on winding roads

Riding trough Tillietudlem nature reserve

After 28km we turned left onto the D522. This road used to be open for the public but crosses since a couple of years Tillietudlem, a private nature reserve. Please inform the manager beforehand so he can make sure you can leave the reserve via an unlocked gate.

After we left Tillietudlem we had a patch of 10km of tar road (D617), mainly downhill towards Boston. Just 1 km before Boston we turned left onto the Gravel road.

Fill up at Caltex

During our rides we like to stop for coffee, apple pie or a milk shake. This route does not cater for that. If you need refreshments like water, cooldrink and or bars you can visit the Caltex just before Boston. To do so don't turn left onto the gravel road but cycle a km longer on the D617

Climbing back to Dargle

Although we had to climb most of the time the beautiful scenery made us forget the pain in the legs.

Alternatives and short cuts

If you want to do a shorter distance that is easy achievable on this route as you can cut out 35 km of the dargle valley road. You can park you car at …. You can also decide to stay at one of the lodges, B&B's or self catering accommodation along the route. The gravel loop on it's own is 65km.

Park & Ride

Barn Owl

The Barn Owl

Set on the Beautiful Groundcover farm on the iconic Midlands Meander our cafe is a comfortable, down-to-earth country cafe serving the best the locality has to offer. Its good honest food, delicious coffee in a relaxed country setting.
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From a humble passion for exquisite coffee, came a family’s dream to produce the nation’s finest coffee. The love and care we put into every roast emanates from each perfectly brewed cup of Terbodore coffee enjoyed.
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11 on Karkloof

11 on Karkloof

11 Karkloof is a rustic old Mushroom Farm in the beautiful KZN Midlands, only 6.5km from Howick, set in prime farmland of the Karkloof valley. Surrounded by the best single track in Southern Africa, the farm is the ideal starting point for mountain biking.
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The Shaw family have been on this farm since 1852. The Karkloof range is one of the largest privately owned indigenous forests. It has been the pride and joy of all the five generations who’ve lived here. Hikers, birders and lovers of flora and fauna, have over the years enjoyed disappearing among the “giants” for a day, far from the bustle of everyday life.
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