This 36 mile linear route between Telford and the quaint Shropshire town of Cleobury Mortimer is a great journey for those wishing to explore the stunning Severn Valley and Shropshire Hills.

Distance

36 miles

Terrain

On road, some of these can be busy

Start from

Telford

Nearest to

Bridgnorth, Cleobury Mortimer, Highley, Ironbridge, Telford

Parking

Telford

The route

Cycling is one of the best ways to soak up the beautiful landscapes and experience the unique features of the environment and villages Shropshire. Eastern Shropshire combines flatter gentle rides with more hilly areas with fantastic views. Cycle through the stunning Severn Valley and explore the Shropshire Hills.

Places of interest:

Telford

Telford is a new town named after engineer Thomas Telford. It was planned in the 1960s and merged together several smaller towns and settlements.

Ironbridge

Ironbridge Gorge, the birthplace of the industrial revolution, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are ten award winning museums in the gorge including Blist’s Hill Victorian Town, The Museum of the Gorge and the stunning Ironbridge and its tollhouse.

Bridgnorth

The former river port of Bridgnorth is a lovely town to visit. It is divided into two sections, Low Town and High Town which are linked by the Bridgnorth Cliff Railway, a funicular railway built in 1892. High Town is the main shopping area and has beautiful views down the Severn valley.

Severn Valley Railway

Between Hampton Loade and Highley, the cycleway route runs alongside the Severn Valley Railway, a heritage railway line originally opened in 1862. The 16-mile line from Bridgnorth to Kidderminster follows the course of the River Severn for much of its route. Heritage rail services restarted in 1970 after the main line was closed in 1963. Look out for trains which are usually hauled by steam locomotives.

Severn Valley Country Park

Green Flag award winning Severn Valley Country Park offers 126 acres of beautiful countryside and wonderful views, spanning both sides of the longest river in the country. The woodlands, ponds and meadows in the park are home to many species of plants and animals, some of them quite rare. The park has a visitor centre and tea shop.

Jack Mytton Way

Heading west from Highley, the route follows a section of the Jack Mytton Way. This is a long distance bridleway open to cyclists. The track here is unsurfaced and is passable by most bikes in reasonable weather, but you may wish to use the alternative on‐road section shown on the map.

Clee Hills

As you cycle between Ludlow and Highley, look out for fabulous views of the Clee Hills to the north. These hills are part of the Shropshire Hills AONB and include Brown Clee Hill, the highest peak in Shropshire (540m).

Rays Farm

A family farm park with animal petting and feeding, activity centre, forest walks, play area and coffee shop.