16 miles, allow two and a half hours. Some hills but not too many.

Distance

13 miles

Terrain

Quiet Country roads

Start from

Craven Arms: Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre

Nearest to

Craven Arms

Parking

Craven Arms: Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre

The route

The best way to see the Shropshire Hills is by bike! Cycle from the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre in Craven Arms and in five minutes you are in the heart of the Shropshire Countryside. Discover for yourself superb views, hidden valleys, ancient castles, quiet woods and sleepy villages.

Starting from the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre at Craven Arms, continue on to the crossroads at Acton Scott and turn left signposted for Henley. Cycle past Acton Scott Hall and church, at the bottom of the hill fork left across the old railway line to Henley. Continue through open common land (Henley Common) to Alcaston. Keep left signposted for Wolverton. Straight on past Wolverton Manor Farm, uphill and turn right to rejoin the main cycle route at Wolverton Woods. Return to the start via Westhope.

Places of interest:

Flounders Folly

Probably built by Benjamin Flounders, a local ship & landowner, in 1838.

Wenlock Edge

A wooded, limestone escarpment that runs unbroken for 14 miles between here and the Severn Gorge. The Edge is rich in flora & fauna.

Westhope College

Traditional Victorian gardens now run under organic principles. Open mid-April to mid-September, Monday to Wednesday, 9am to 4.30pm.

Caer Caradoc

A spectacular Iron Age hill fort dominating Ape Dale & Church Stretton. Reputedly the site of Caractacus’ last stand against the Romans.

Acton Scott Historic Working Farm

A farm run as a living museum of agricultural life at the turn of the century. Open Easter to October. Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm.

Refreshments

Church Stretton and Craven Arms have plenty of facilities for refreshments, whilst Acton Scott Historic Working Farm has a wonderful tea-room in the Old Schoolhouse serving afternoon teas & light lunches.