This 24 mile circular route, 35 mile without shortcut, is a challenging ride with considerable climbs towards the Clees (along the edges of the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), returning via remote lanes with long descents to Cleobury. A tough ride with dramatic views. Take all day to enjoy this ride. The two possible shortcuts miss the best sections.

Cleobury Mortimer Cycle Rides Route 4: The Clee Challenge (24 mile) image

Distance

24 miles

Terrain

On road, some of these can be busy

Start from

Cleobury Mortimer: Lacon Childe School

Nearest to

Cleobury Mortimer

Parking

Cleobury Mortimer Town Centre

The route

Cycling is one of the best ways to explore the beautiful landscape of Shropshire. Experience a different pace of life in the hilly countryside around Cleobury Mortimer known as Cleobury Country and into the foothills of the Clee Hills along four graded routes of increasing difficulty. 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 35 miles.

Places of interest:

Cleobury Mortimer

The small market town at the centre of the ancient industrial and farming hamlets of Cleobury Country, gained its market charter in 1253.

Detton Manor Hall and Farm

Medieval village site and Hall with Elizabethan star shaped chimneys. Built in two ranges, stonework older than timber framed part. Grade 2* listed. (Best view after right hand bend beyond hall).

Burwarton Village

Burwarton House Grade 11 listed, English Heritage. On left Georgian Burwarton Arms pub, meals. Village hosts annual one day agricultural show in August, over 100 years old.

Aston Botterell

A market town in Henry III’s reign but population of 74 in 2001. St. Michael’s Church built of local stone has magnificent memorials of Botterell family whose 13th century family seat was at Aston Farm.

Cleeton St.Mary’s

Is situated under Titterstone Clee with old bell coal pits. Spring at Grid ref. 606782 is a holy well. 19th century Church built of Oreton sandstone has well sited picnic bench.

Gobbetts Rare Breeds

A poultry farm displaying rare breeds and selling chicks and also perennials nursery.