An interesting 16 mile cycle route taking in Tern Hill Airfield and Old Colehurst Manor as well as the pretty villages of Stoke on Tern, Wollerton and Hodnet. Easy cycling but with some cycling on busy roads.

Distance

12 miles

Terrain

Quiet lanes and country roads

Start from

Market Drayton Town Centre

Nearest to

Market Drayton

Parking

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/

Tern Hill Airfield

The airfield started work in World War I as a base for the Royal Flying Corps. In World War II it was brought back into use by the Royal Air Force and is now an army base. In 1989 it suffered an attack by the IRA – luckily no one was killed.

Stoke on Tern

Home of St Peter’s Church built in 1874. Look for the grave of the “Shropshire Giant”, Thomas Dutton, born in 1853, who was 7’3” and renowned for his great strength. Next-door is “millennium monolith” with a special map of the parish and picnic area.

Wollerton

In the village you will find Wollerton Old Hall Garden, a three acre formal garden developed around a 16th Century house with tearoom. Open Easter to end of August, Fridays and Sundays (12-5pm).

Hodnet

Hodnet is one of the most attractive villages in north Shropshire; it is filled with Shropshire’s typically beautiful black and white houses. Hodnet’s centrepiece, for which it most well-known, is its Hall and Gardens which were started in 1921 by Brigadier A.G.W. Heber-Percy, who spend 30 years transforming the landscape from a boggy marsh to splendid formal garden. Today the 19th century mansion stands in the grounds, which are open to groups by appointment. The Heber-Percy family still lives in the ancestral home.

Old Colehurst Manor

A medieval manor house reputed to be the court of North Shropshire. A Grade 1 building rescued from dereliction in the 1980s with restored 17th century gardens. Occasional open days or by special appointment.