This 40 mile linear route from Stottesden to Bucknell winds its way through the stunning Shropshire Hills and has some challenging climbs but the wonderful views makes them well worth the effort!

Distance

40 miles

Terrain

Mainly on quiet country roads road.

Start from

Stottesden

Nearest to

Cleobury Mortimer, Craven Arms, Highley, Ludlow

Parking

Stottesden

The route

Cycling is one of the best ways to soak up the beautiful landscapes and experience the unique features of Shropshire. The south of Shropshire is hill country and this ride takes in views of the Clee Hills, some of the County’s highest peaks. This route also passes through Ludlow, a beautiful medieval market town with a stunning castle and famous foody culture.

Places of interest:

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 Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (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.

Ludlow

A visit to this medieval market town will probably be one of the highlights of your trip.  The town centre is lined with stunning Tudor and Georgian buildings, all overlooked by the 11th century castle, which itself has amazing views down to the River Teme. Ludlow also has a reputation for the excellent quality of its food and drink and at one point had the highest concentration of Michelin starred restaurants outside London.

Stokesay Court

West of Onibury the route passes Stokesay Court, the imposing Victorian mansion which was the setting for the 2006 film Atonement. The Court is open on certain days of the year for pre-booked tours.

Rocke Cottage Tea Rooms

Step back in time at this period tearoom in Clungunford situated in a 17th century inn with décor from the 1920s.

Hopton Castle

This recently restored ruin of a medieval castle has a fascinating history, including a month long siege in 1644 during the civil war.

Hopton Wood

If you also enjoy mountain biking or cyclocross, you may like to visit Hopton Wood. Run by the Forestry Commission, this area features some of the best off‐road cycling trails in Shropshire suitable for all abilities from novice to experienced riders, including a demanding XC trail and three downhill trails.