This 24½ miles is suitable for more experienced cyclists as it includes some cycling on steep inclines and busy roads. Those who take the ride will enjoy both open countryside and the opportunity to enjoy the industrial heritage of the town of Oswestry, which has been an important settlement on the borders of Wales for many centuries.

Ellesmere Cycle Rides Route 4: To Gobowen & Oswestry image


25 miles


Inclines and busy roads

Start from

Ellesmere Town Centre

Nearest to



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 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.


Open cast mining was recorded in this village in the 12th century. The railway station here serves the line between Shrewsbury and Chester.


Oswestry is a vibrant market town on the border between Shropshire and Wales, with a wealth of history. The historical strategic importance of this area is underlined by the remains of an imposing castle at Castle Bank in the town centre and the Old Oswestry hillfort, on the northern edge of the town. The greatest of the poets of World War I, Wilfred Owen, was born here in 1893.