A relatively flat 22 mile circular route from Church Stretton, which can be shortened to 16 miles, visiting picturesque villages and passes, attractions like Acton Burnell Castle, plus it gives you the chance to ride the Roman road from Acton Burnell to All Stretton.

Distance

20 miles

Terrain

Mainly on quiet country roads

Start from

Church Stretton Railway Station

Nearest to

Church Stretton

Parking

Church Stretton Town Centre

The route

Cycling is one of the best ways to explore the dramatic landscape of the Church Stretton Hills. These rides have some quite challenging gradients in places but the attractions, picturesque villages and breath taking scenery they take in are worth the, at times, testing climbs. 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. These cycle routes have been chosen to suit a range of interests and abilities, the shortest route being 13 miles and the longest 22 miles.

Places of interest:

Church Stretton

Church Stretton is an historic Market Town situated in the heart of the South Shropshire hills on the English/Welsh border known as The Marches. It is the only town in the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the first Walkers are Welcome town in the Midlands. The area is renowned worldwide for its geology, with some of the oldest rock formations in existence.

Condover

This quaint village lies in well-wooded countryside and boasts Condover Hall, the finest Elizabethan house in Shropshire. There are also half a dozen old timber-framed cruck houses covered with brick ‘skins’.

Pitchford Church

Pitchford Church retains good Norman details, while the adjacent half-timbered Hall (not open) is a perfect example of a 16th century building.

Acton Burnell ‘Castle’

Built from red sandstone in the 13th century, Its roofless ruins now stand alongside a tall cedar, surrounded by manicured lawns in the grounds of Concord College. It was a fortified manor house and is now in the care of English Heritage.