A 16 mile circular cycle route from Shrewsbury that combines some places of interest in Shrewsbury with visits to Attingham Park and Home Farm.

Shrewsbury Cycle Rides Route 2: Around Attingham image

Distance

13 miles

Terrain

Following quiet lanes and bridleways

Start from

Shrewsbury Sports Village

Nearest to

Shrewsbury

Parking

Shrewsbury Sports Village

The route

One of four cycle rides into the countryside around Shrewsbury, following quiet lanes and bridleways, from 10 – 29 miles (16 – 46 km).

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:

Shrewsbury

Shrewsbury is a very attractive historic market town nestled in a loop of the River Severn. The town centre has a largely unaltered medieval street plan and features several timber framed 15th and 16th century buildings.

The town was founded around 800AD and has played a significant role in British history, having been the site of many conflicts, particularly between the English and the Welsh. William the Conqueror gave the town to Roger de Montgomery who founded Shrewsbury Castle in 1074 and Shrewsbury Abbey in 1083. Both these historic buildings can be visited by the public.

Shrewsbury was also the birthplace of naturalist Charles Darwin, one of the most influential scientists of the nineteenth century. He was educated at the famous Shrewsbury School, which was also attended by Michael Palin and DJ John Peel.

Nowadays, Shrewsbury is famous as a ‘town of flowers’. The town hosts one of the oldest and largest horticultural events in the country, Shrewsbury Flower Show, and is known for its floral displays.

Shrewsbury is a lively town with frequent markets and street fairs and festivals. There are plenty of wonderful places to eat and stay, as well as some great shops. There are also some beautiful, peaceful green places to explore such as the town’s stunning Quarry Park, the River Severn path and the Reabrook Valley Nature Reserve.

Shrewsbury Abbey

This Abbey Church of SS Peter and Paul was found by Roger de Montgomery, a relative of William the Conqueror, in 1083.

Old Atcham Bridge

This seven-arched bridge is made from sandstone. It was designed by John Gwynne, a founder member of the Royal Academy, and constructed in 1771.

Attingham Park (National Trust)

Elegant 18th Century mansion with regency interiors set in extensive deer park. The National Trust offers free entry to the park to people who arrive by bicycle. Shop open year round, café has seasonal opening times check website for more details: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-attinghampark