Explore the Severn and Vyrnwy river flood plains south of Oswestry with lovely views of the surrounding hills. This short-cut route of 21 miles offers the chance to take in the countryside heritage area at Llanymynech. The 28 mile route is mostly fairly flat but there is one very steep descent to Porth-y-waen so excellent brakes are needed.

Distance

21 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.

Llansanffraid-ym-Mechain

Llansanffraid-ym-Mechain is a bustling village in Wales, probably best known for its football team (TNS), which now plays its games in Oswestry. There are a number of options for places to stop for refreshments and the pleasant church of St Ffraid which dates from the 12th Century. Nearby, on the banks of the River Vyrnwy, is Plas yn Dinas, defensive earthworks possibly dating from the dark ages.

Melverley Church.

It’s worth the time to stop by St Peter’s Church on the banks of the River Vyrnwy. It’s an exquisite black and white timber framed church built in 1406 shortly after the Welsh chieftain Owain Glyndwr burnt down the earlier wooden chapel.