Explore both the English and Welsh countryside with this 25 mile ride out into the beautiful Ceiriog Valley with fantastic views over Offa’s Dyke and Oswestry’s old racecourse. Suitable for experienced cyclists, low gears and good brakes are essential!

Oswestry Cycle Rides Route 2: Ceiriog Climber image

Distance

26 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.

Glyn Ceiriog

The village of Glyn Ceiriog sits at the heart of the stunning Ceiriog Valley. A former mining community, references to slate mining in the village date back to 1329. During the 19th century a steam tramway was built along the valley to transport slates to the Llangollen Canal.

Old Oswestry Hillfort

The site of an imposing Iron Age hillfort, one of the best preserved in Britain. The defences were built up in stages from 600BC up to the late Iron Age. It is likely that the hillfort remained in use until the Roman conquest.  It is now covered by wild flowers and grazing sheep and is a lovely place for a walk with great views on a clear day.