A 22.5 mile circular cycle route leaving Whitchurch along the canal towpath, you will encounter a famous set of locks at Grindley Brook. The route then heads into the rolling countryside of Cheshire; refreshments can be found in the picturesque village of Malpas. This route includes some cycling along main roads and some steep hills and is therefore suitable for more experienced cyclists.

Distance

23 miles

Terrain

Quiet Country roads

Start from

Whitchurch

Nearest to

Whitchurch

Parking

Whitchurch Town Centre

The route

Cycling is one of the best ways to soak up the unspoilt landscapes and experience the unique features of the environment and villages of North Shropshire. It is ideal cycling terrain: quiet lanes and country roads, easy gradients and yet amazing views. These cycle routes have been chosen to suit a range of interests and abilities, the shortest route being 7.5 miles and the longest 24 miles. Cycled over a day, with a picnic lunch or a stop at a local pub, this really is a great way to explore the area.

Places of interest:

Whitchurch

Whitchurch is one of the busiest and most beautiful market towns in Shropshire. As one of the oldest towns in Shropshire, it also has a fascinating history. Whitchurch is a bustling place; perfect for a great day’s shopping offering a variety of traditional and specialist shops as well as larger chain stores. There are fantastic places to eat, drink, explore or just relax and watch the world go by. Find out more about Whitchurch’s heritage and what else there is to see and do at the Heritage and Tourist Information Centre or visit www.whitchurch-heritage.co.uk/

Grindley Brook

The Ellesmere canal, designed by Thomas Telford, passes through Grindley Brook and then into a famous three chamber staircase lock.

Malpas

Malpas is a picturesque village with the remains of a motte and bailey castle dating from Norman times. Its mediaeval street pattern still remains. The church also contains a 15th century octagonal stone font and choir stalls with carved misericords.

Sarn and Tallarn Green

RS Thomas, who died in 2000 and was widely regarded as the best religious poet of his time, was the curate at the Church of St Mary Magdalene in Tallarn Green between 1942 and 1945. The Queen’s Head public house is at Sarn, ¼ mile away from the Church.