A flatter 13 miles option from Bishop’s Castle with some reasonable climbs that lead you part way up the Long Mynd offering stunning views of the Onny Valley, and passes a selection of fine pubs. this ride is well worth the effort. A 20 mile, hillier route also available.

Distance

13 miles

Terrain

Mainly on quiet country roads with a short stretch on busier A489

Start from

Bishop's Castle Community College

Nearest to

Bishop's Castle

Parking

Bishop's Castle Town Centre

The route

Cycling is one of the best ways to soak up the unspoilt landscapes and experience the unique features of the environment and villages of South West Shropshire. It is ideal cycling terrain: quiet lanes and country roads, with somewhat challenging gradients that lead to spectacular views. These cycle routes have been chosen to suit a range of interests and abilities, the shortest route being 17 miles and the longest 28 miles. Cycled over a day, with a picnic lunch or a stop at a local pub, this really is a great way to explore the area.

Places of interest:

Bishop’s Castle

Bishop's Castle is 1.5 miles (2.4 km) east of the Wales-England border, about 20 miles (30 km) north-west of Ludlow and about 20 miles (30 km) south-west of Shrewsbury. To the south is Clun and to the east is Church Stretton. The town is within an agricultural area and has also become known for its alternative community including artists, musicians, writers and craftspeople. The surrounding area is hillwalking country and Bishop's Castle is a "Walkers are Welcome Town", gaining the award in 2008. The long distance footpath the Shropshire Way runs through the town and Offa's Dyke is only a few miles to the west.

The ancient trackway of the Kerry Ridgeway, a prehistoric Bronze Age route, runs from the town. The town has two micro-breweries, including the Three Tuns, the UK's oldest brewery, many pubs and eating places and a wide variety of places to stay in the town itself and the surrounding countryside

Lydham Heath Station

The Bishop’s Castle railway was a rather ill-fated venture from the start of its construction in 1861.  The project was hampered by a shortage of capital and from its investors already having vested interests in other established lines who, allegedly, did not want competition and distractions to dilute their returns.  For more information on the history of the railway line visit www.bcrailway.co.uk/railway-route.htm

Wentnor

Wentnor is set on a ridge with views in every direction. The village is compact and attractive, most of the houses and farms built of brick and local stone. The church at the south end of the ridge was rebuilt in the 19th Century, but still retains some of its original Norman features. The Crown Inn, a 16th Century building, still caters for weary travellers.