A 17 mile hilly, circular route taking you along a beautiful woodland trail to Clun with its wide choice of teashops and pubs. This challenging route takes you up to the Iron Age Hill fort of Bury Ditches, well worth the effort. A 21 mile, flatter route is also available.

Distance

17 miles

Terrain

Mainly on quiet country roads with the option for a short distance on a track for mountain bikers

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:

Clun

An attractive little town with pubs, tea and coffee shops, a museum and a fine old bridge over the River Clun.

The castle, now a spectacular ruin, was largely the work of the Fitzalans who also happened to be Earls of Arundel. Once its strategic role ended in the Middle Ages it was developed into, and partially rebuilt, as a grand hunting lodge with ornate gardens.

Bury Ditches

Often rated as a spectacular example of a surviving hill fort Bury Ditches forms a elliptical shape and is situated on the crown of a hill called Sunnyhill and comprises up to four multi-vallate ditches and rampart banks as part of its defensive earthworks and two well preserved entrance ways. From the summit views are clear to the Long Mynd, Corndon Hill and the Shropshire Hills.

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.