This 14½ mile circular route takes you into the heart of the North West Shropshire Coalfield. It is easy cycling through a maze of country lanes and offers a journey into the industrial past of the County.

Ellesmere Cycle Rides Route 3: To St Martin’s image

Distance

13 miles

Terrain

Mainly on quiet country 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.

St Martins

This village grew up around Ifton Colliery, which was once the largest coal mine in Shropshire, employing over 1300 men. The mine closed in 1968 and the site of the pit is now an industrial estate.