An 8 mile loop along tranquil country lanes this ride offers something for everyone. The route takes in remote river valley scenery and includes a traffic free trail through the geologically significant Mortimer Forest and a Roman Fort at Leintwardine. Also a choice of two other loops of 16 or 23 miles.

Distance

8 miles

Terrain

Mainly on quiet country roads with some busier 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.

Mortimer Forest

The geology of this area is of world significance. So much so that the famous 19th century geologist Sir Roderick Murchison used the name of Ludlow to define 440 million year old rocks as Ludlovian, a term that is now used worldwide.

Burrington

There are six very early cast iron tomb slabs in the churchyard. One is for Richard Knight (1659 – 1745) who set up a forge nearby at Bringewood.

Roman Fort of Branogenium

This major Roman settlement underlies the present village of Leintwardine. The settlement dates back to AD70 and the fort was constructed in AD160.