This 60 mile linear route from Ludlow to Llanymynech winds its way through some challenging hill country on the western boundary of Shropshire, but the views that await you make it well worth the effort!
On road, some of these can be busy
Bishop's Castle, Clun, Llanymynech, Ludlow
Cycling is one of the best ways to soak up the beautiful landscapes and experience the unique features of Shropshire. The English/Welsh border is predominantly hilly and offers the rider numerous challenges along the way. The area is sparsely populated, with beautiful views of the Shropshire Hills and further afield to the Welsh mountains. This is a stunning part of the county to cycle in if you enjoy testing hill climbs, dramatic landscapes and remote villages.
Places of interest:
This recently restored ruin of a medieval castle has a fascinating history, including a month long siege in 1644 during the civil war.
Clun and Bishop’s Castle
This section of route does not pass through many towns, so if you’re missing civilisation, you can take a bit of a detour to visit Bishop’s Castle or Clun. The small town of Clun is a mecca for artists and walkers with a picturesque ruined Norman castle. Bishop’s Castle is larger, with a recently-restored historic town hall. Both have shops, pubs and cafés if you need to stock up. Bishop’s Castle is the home of the Three Tuns Brewery, the oldest brewery in Britain; you can tour the brewhouse in Bishop’s Castle or sample their beer at The Sun Inn in Clun.
Here the Shropshire Cycleway closely follows the England/Wales border and the ancient defensive earthwork, Offa’s Dyke. The structure is named after Offa, an 8th century king of Mercia, who is believed to have ordered its construction. Offa’s Dyke Path runs from Chepstow to Prestatyn.
This large village is a good option for a stop for refreshments or to restock your provisions. It has a supermarket and two pubs.
Look east for views of Corndon Hill, once the site of Bronze Age stone circles; it has a number of burial cairns at its summit. At 523 metres, this hill is very popular with paragliders.
Between Halfway House and Crew Green, look west for views of the Breidden Hills, five peaks which form the northern extension of the Long Mountain. Breidden Hill is an extinct volcano with the remains of an Iron Age hillfort. See if you can spot Rodney’s Pillar at its 365m peak, a monument erected in 1781 to honour Admiral George Rodney. The hill has wonderful views across the Shropshire plain.
St Peter’s Church in Melverley is an exquisite black and white building on the banks of the River Vyrnwy. The timber-frame church was rebuilt in 1406 after it was burnt to the ground by Owain Glyndwr.
The route passes east of this village which straddles the Wales England border. Look out for Llanymynech Rock which looms over the village. Formerly a quarry, it is now a nature reserve and also boasts a unique golf course – the only course in Britain to lie across two different countries. The village also has a pleasant Heritage Area featuring one of only three remaining Hoffman lime kilns in Britain.