A 20 mile figure of eight ride through beautiful countryside offering you the chance to enjoy the delights of Montgomery, with a Half Monty shorter alternative and plenty of refreshment stops en route.

Distance

18 miles

Terrain

Mainly on quiet country roads but with some stretches on busier roads

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 some 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:

Welsh Border

This ride crosses the English/Welsh boundary no less than six times. There are no border formalities so passports are not needed.

Bishop’s Moat

This was possibly the original Bishop’s Castle, built to the Norman Motte and Bailey pattern, to defend the Manor of Lydbury from Welsh incursions and to dominate the ridgeway and the Camlad Valley from its height of 370 metres. The 9m high motte (mound) is situated to the west of the bailey (yard). A well preserved bank surrounds the oval shaped bailey, which measures 90m by 60m.

Montgomery pubs & teashops

Catering well for the hungry and thirsty cyclist. The museum and the castle, towering over the town, are well worth visiting. The views from the castle are superb.

Offa’s Dyke

This remarkable earthwork, built in the 9th Century AD by the King of Mercia, is crossed twice by the cycle route. In the low lying areas it often shows up as little more than a ditch and bank but between the Blue Bell pub and the entrance to Mellington Hall an impressive section can be seen.

Motte & Bailey Castle

Close to Offa’s Dyke at Brompton, a reasonably well preserved motte is visible from the road, illustrating the strategic nature of the Camlad Valley in troubled times.