A 29 mile circular cycle route from Shrewsbury, with 23 mile shortcut. A longer ride for more experienced cyclists with great views of Wenlock Edge, The Wrekin and visits to Acton Burnell Castle and Venus Pool Nature Reserve.

Shrewsbury Cycle Rides Route 3: Acton Burnell Adventure (29 mile) image


22 miles


Following quiet lanes and bridleways

Start from

Shrewsbury Abbey

Nearest to



Shrewsbury Abbey Foregate car park

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 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.

Condover Hall

An elegant Grade I listed three storey Elizabethan sandstone building, described as the grandest manor house in Shropshire. American writer Mark Twain stayed here in 1873 and 1879. It was used as a residential school between 1979-2009.

Pitchford Hall

A magnificent Tudor hall with a Grade II listed orangery, Roman remains and a 300 year-old tree house. It is one of the oldest treehouses in the world, and even boasts an oak floor and gothic windows. (The hall is not open to the public).

Acton Burnell Castle

Acton Burnell Castle is a ruin of a fortified manor house built in the 13th century (1284) by Robert Burnell, a powerful landowner and friend of King Edward I. It was built of red sandstone and is one of the oldest remains of its type in the country.

Venus Pool Nature Reserve

About ½ a mile past the bridge you will see the entrance to Venus Pool Nature Reserve on the right. This site, owned and managed by Shropshire Ornithological Society, is well worth a visit – particularly if you have some binoculars with you! There are several hides – 3 for public use.