Almonte-Tatlock Loop (109 km)
Updated: Jul 5
Route Author: Jeff Noakes
Location: Almonte, Lanark County, Ontario
Distance: 108km (67.1 miles)
Suggested Tire Width: 35mm, largely due to some of the unmaintained stretches. This is especially the case in autumn or in early spring when leaves are covering rocks, branches, and other obstacles.
Amenities: The starting point in the quaint town of Almonte has several amenities, including a pub, restaurants, a brewery, coffee shop, a grocery store and several convenience stores. There may be porta-potty at the road depot on Galbraith Road north of Middleville. There are no other facilities on route.
Estimated Gravel Time: 80%
Parking: Parking can be found across the street from the Metcalfe Geoheritage Park. The park itself has toilet facilities
This loop combines the best parts of the Almonte Paris-Roubaix and the Walsh Wiltshire Lanark-Lombardy gravel race route.
The loop starts in the lovely village of Almonte, from the parking lot across the street from the Metcalfe Geoheritage Park, and is intended to be ridden clockwise. The route itself includes significant stretches of gravel, including several unmaintained sections (Ramsay Concession 5A/Quarry Road, and the southern end of Old Perth Road), as well as the piece de resistance, California Road, an amazing stretch of unmaintained dirt near White Lake.
With the exception of Almonte itself, the only significant stretches of pavement include the roads between Quinn Settlement and Arklan (between kilometers 38 to 45) and Galbraith Road north of Middleville (between kilometers 51 and 53 km).
Photo Credits: Jeff Noakes