A short, easy six mile cycle route including some cycling on busy roads. This route crosses the Shropshire Union Canal at the pretty Tyrley Locks and gives you the option of returning to Market Drayton along the towpath.


8 miles


Quiet lanes and country roads

Start from

Market Drayton Town Centre

Nearest to

Market Drayton


Market Drayton Town Centre

The route

One of four 6-24 miles cycle rides around Market Drayton following quiet lanes and country roads.

Cycling code

  • Always follow the Highway Code
  • Be considerate to other users, and give way to pedestrians and horse riders
  • Take particular care at junctions, when cycling downhill and on loose surfaces
  • Ride in single file on narrow or busy roads
  • Consider wearing a helmet and high visibility clothing

Places of interest:

Market Drayton

A market (so good the town was named after it) has been running in Market Drayton for over 759 years and remains one of the liveliest weekly street markets in the area. Market Drayton is also the home of gingerbread, however, the locals prefer to dunk it in port rather than eat it dry – which may explain why a certain Robert Clive - better known as Clive of India, who was born in Market Drayton – chose to climb the spire of St Mary’s church when he was a boy. The town itself retains much of its medieval street pattern with red sandstone and mellow brick buildings mingling with black and white half-timbered properties; and to add even more character to the town, the Shropshire Union Canal passes just a few hundred yards from the town centre. For more information visit: www.market-drayton.com/InDevelopment/

Tyrley Locks/ Shropshire Union Canal

South of Market Drayton is one of the most spectacular sections of the Shropshire Union Canal. Tyrley has a flight of five locks that raise (or lower) the canal by a total 33ft. The nearby Tyrley Wharf was originally a working yard; Cadburys used it as a milk collection point for their factory at Knighton. Nearby, Woodseaves Cutting, cut out of sandstone, is nearly 100ft deep.