This relatively flat, easy 8 mile circular route from Ludlow passes the Ludlow racecourse before returning to the town via a traffic free route through Oakley Park.

Ludlow Cycle Rides Route 1: Racecourse Rendezvous image

Distance

9 miles

Terrain

Mainly on quiet country roads

Start from

Ludlow Railway Station

Nearest to

Ludlow

Parking

Ludlow Town Centre

The route

Cycling is one of the best ways to soak up the unspoilt landscapes and stunning scenery around the historical Shropshire town of Ludlow. The routes are designed for a range of interests and abilities with easy gradients on quiet country lanes and bridleways with more challenging climbs for the more adventurous. The routes range between 8 and 23 miles but whichever route you choose there will always be something of interest to see and the views are exceptional. 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:

Ludlow

Described by John Betjeman as “England’s finest town” and by Country Life magazine as “England’s finest market town”, Ludlow is steeped in tradition and history, but is still very much a working town, a bustling centre of trade serving a large, rural hinterland.

Ludlow Racecourse

This is the only remaining racecourse in Shropshire. Tradition has it that in the fourteenth century soldiers from Ludlow Castle came here to march their horses.

Oakly Park

The impressive grounds of the Earl of Plymouth, owned by Lord Clive of India in the mid 18th Century.