This 42 mile linear route between Whitchurch and the world famous Ironbridge is a great journey for those wishing to take in industrial heritage and beautiful landscapes.
On road, some of these can be busy. Unsurfaced tracks in places
Ironbridge, Market Drayton, Telford, Whitchurch
Cycling is one of the best ways to soak up the unspoilt landscapes and experience the unique features of the environment and villages of northern Shropshire. The north-east of Shropshire is a very pleasant, fairly flat area to cycle. Explore rolling pastoral countryside, canals and historic market towns. National Cycle Network route 55 provides a traffic-free route through the centre of Telford, Shropshire’s only new town. It continues down to the River Severn and to the fascinating birthplace of the industrial revolution in the Ironbridge Gorge.
Places of interest:
The historic town of Whitchurch is the oldest continually inhabited community in Shropshire. Local J B Joyce clocks have been exported all over the world and the town clock trail explores the history of the town’s famous timepieces. Visit the Heritage Centre for exhibitions about the clocks and other notable stories from Whitchurch’s past.
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.
Market Drayton is a bustling market town, first granted its market charter by Henry III in 1245. The town has several interesting buildings including St Mary’s Church (1150) and The Old Free Grammar School (1558) which was attended by Clive of India.
Newport is a small market town which was planned as a new town by the Normans. The street layout retains the Norman design despite the destruction of most of the medieval buildings in a great fire in 1665. The town hosts the very popular biennial Newport Nocturne bike race.
Telford is a new town named after engineer Thomas Telford. It was planned in the 1960s and merged together several smaller towns and settlements.