A 38 mile circular ride around the beautiful countryside of Shropshire which surrounds the mediaeval County town of Shrewsbury.

Distance

40 miles

Terrain

Mainly on quiet country roads with some stretches on busier roads

Start from

Shrewsbury Sports Village

Nearest to

Shrewsbury

Parking

Shrewsbury Sports Village

The route

Cycling is one of the best ways to soak up the beautiful landscapes and experience the unique features of Shropshire. The Shrewsbury cycleway lets you experience some of the best of the Shropshire countryside only a short distance from the county’s main town Shrewsbury, which is itself a fascinating, attractive and historic place to visit on any trip to Shropshire.

Places of interest:

Shrewsbury

Shrewsbury, the Country town of Shropshire, is an historic market town whose town centre has a largely unaltered medieval street plan and over 660 listed buildings, including several examples of timber framing from the 15th and 16th centuries. Shrewsbury Castle, a red sandstone fortification, and Shrewsbury Abbey, a former Benedictine monastery, were founded in 1074 and 1083 respectively by the Norman Earl of Shrewsbury, Roger de Montgomery.

Haughmond Hill Café

Haughmond Hill is a pretty hill east of Shrewsbury maintained by the Forestry Commission. It’s a nice place to walk with good views. The café is open daily.

Haughmond Abbey

A short detour from the main route, these extensive ruins of an Augustinian abbey which was probably founded in the 12th century, are worth a visit. Managed by English Heritage the abbey is open to the public Wednesday to Sunday from March to October.

Astley

Astley is a pretty village with a medieval church which dates back to the 12th century.

The Country Garden Plant Centre

A short detour from the main route, this garden centre is situated in the grounds of Black Birches House which dates back to the 12th century. It has a popular tea room which is open daily and offers a discount for cyclists.

Merrington Green

A peaceful wooded nature reserve showing no traces of its history as a US army camp during World War II.

Churncote Farm Shop

Farm shop and café open daily, serving lunch and breakfast.

Polemere

A recently-created nature reserve with a glacial lake formed in the last ice age at its centre, which is a haven for waterfowl.

Lyth Hill

As you cycle, you will have a good view of Lyth Hill to the north. The hill is accessible by bicycle; if you fancy a bit of a detour to see some fantastic panoramic views, you can climb the hill along the Shropshire Way from Exford’s Green (unsurfaced).

Old Atcham Bridge

A pretty place to stop for a break by the river, the bridge was built in 1774.

Attingham Park

An elegant 18th century mansion with Regency interiors set in an extensive deer park. It is managed by the National Trust. When the park is open it is more pleasant to cycle on the road through the park than use the road which runs alongside it. The National Trust offers free entry to the park grounds if you arrive by bicycle. The shop is open year round; the café has seasonal opening times, check website for details.