A beautiful 13 mile circular ride featuring some steep climbs and descents. The ride offers great views of the countryside around Oswestry and historic features such as Offa’s Dyke. In the spring you may see curlews and skylarks.

Oswestry Cycle Rides Route 1: Scenic Selattyn image

Distance

13 miles

Terrain

Quiet lanes and country roads

Start from

Oswestry Heritage Centre

Nearest to

Oswestry

Parking

Oswestry Town Centre

The route

One of four routes from 13 – 31 miles (21 – 50km) following quiet lanes and country roads around Oswestry. There is a wealth of beautiful countryside, with stunning views and historically interesting green spaces including Oswestry Iron Age Hillfort, the Old Racecourse and Offa’s Dyke Path National Trail, all of which can be seen when riding these cycle routes.

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:

Oswestry

Oswestry is an ancient market town located on the English/Welsh border, nestled in the foothills of the Welsh hills. Its position as a frontier town has given it a turbulent history.

This history is still visible in the encircling English and Welsh town walls and the foundations of the castle, which date back to 1086 and the town’s market which dates from 1190. The name ‘Oswestry’ is thought to be a corruption of ‘Oswald’s Tree’ or ‘Oswald’s Cross’, after the king of Northumberland who was killed in battle by the king of Mercia near Oswestry in 641AD. Most of the town centre is a designated conservation area.

There are lots of historically interesting buildings including the timber framed Llwyd Mansion, the Cambrian railway museum and St Oswald’s Church. Oswestry’s first school founded in 1407 is now the heritage and visitor information centre. The cycle routes in this leaflet start here.

There is a wide choice of places to eat, drink and stay as well as some great shops. The Cae Glas Park is beautiful to walk through when the flowers are in bloom.

Oswestry Old Racecourse

Enjoy the view of the old racecourse from the seat by the roadside topograph. Now a popular walking spot and wildlife haven, the racecourse was used until the mid 1800s.

Offa’s Dyke

Offa’s Dyke, named after King Offa, the ruler of Mercia, is a linear earthwork which roughly follows the Welsh/English border dating from the 8th century. The rampart is well preserved in this area and can clearly be seen in the fields on both sides.

Selattyn

Selattyn is an old hill settlement. The Cross Keys, a traditional inn serving real ale (closed lunchtimes), is one of the oldest buildings. The attractive St Mary’s Church has undergone successive restorations and alterations since the Middle Ages but retains a 14th century carved barrel roof.