This 22½ mile circular route incorporates cycling on major roads and may suit more experienced cyclists. This is a great journey for those with equestrian interests as, after crossing the border and enjoying the sweeping countryside of Wales, you can enjoy a trip to the races at the famous Bangor on Dee racecourse.

Distance

23 miles

Terrain

Incorporates a number of major and minor roads

Start from

Ellesmere Town Centre

Nearest to

Ellesmere

Parking

Ellesmere 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 North Shropshire. It is ideal cycling terrain; quiet lanes and country roads, easy gradients and yet amazing views. These cycle routes have been chosen to suit a range of interests and abilities, the shortest route being 10 miles and the longest 29½ 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:

Ellesmere

Ellesmere is the heart of Shropshire’s ‘Lake District’ and features a delightful glacial mere which attracts an abundant amount of wildlife. This pretty town boasts medieval streets, Georgian houses and half timbered buildings, and has hosted a weekly market since originally being granted a charter by Henry III in 1221. Whilst in the town, you could take the opportunity to visit the impressive church of St Mary or stroll along the towpath of the Llangollen canal, as designed by the legendary Thomas Telford.

Penley

Between 1947 and 2002 this village was home to No 3 Hospital for Polish veterans of the Second World War.

Bangor on Dee

This delightful village exists in a natural hollow adjacent to the River Dee and is home to Bangor Bridge, a five-arched stone bridge which dates from about 1660 and is believed to have been built by Inigo Jones. The nearby racecourse has seen jump racing since 1859 and is the only course in the country that doesn’t have a grandstand.

Overton

The views from the churchyard at St Mary’s Church are one of the "Seven Wonders of Wales". Some of the 21 famous yew trees here date to the 12th century, when the first stone church is said to have been erected.