A stunning 30 mile circular route from the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre taking around five hours. The route takes in Bishop’s Castle, Clun and Clungunford. It is hilly but easily achievable in a day. This route misses out the forest tracks (and very steep hill) at Bury Ditches.

Distance

30 miles

Terrain

Quiet Country roads

Start from

Craven Arms: Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre

Nearest to

Bishop's Castle, Clun, 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.

From Bishop’s Castle take the A488 to Colebatch and turn right to Cefn Einion, Shadwell, Llanhedrick, Bicton and Clun.

Places of interest:

Wart Hill

Site of an Iron Age Hillfort. At 324m the fort has excellent views of the surrounding hills and is the focal point of ‘The Wart Hill Wander’, a Secret Hills Walk.

Edgton

You can make a diversion here to the lovely hill top village of Edgton. A Pottery in the Old Schoolhouse (next to the church) is open daily, 10am to 5pm. The village well is covered in a willow arch and is ‘dressed’ each year.

Lydbury North

The village is dominated by the large estate of Walcot Hall. A Georgian House with Arboretum, once occupied by Clive of India. Open May & June (limited days). The Norman parish church has a massively buttressed clock tower with a unique carved bell frame, holding a peal of 6 bells.

Bury Ditches

A spectacular Iron Age Hillfort. Cycling is not allowed on the Hillfort, but a short walk from the car park takes you to the summit with excellent views over the whole area.

Clun

One of the ‘Quietest places under the Sun’ according to the poet AE Housman. An unspoilt village dominated by its Norman castle. The ancient packhorse bridge is a reminder of Clun’s importance as an old droving route. A good place for a lunch stop with three inns and three tea shops!

Clunton

The Crown Inn. Another of those ‘quietest places’ in the beautiful Clun Valley. The Crown Inn is a rarity, it’s a community owned village inn. A consortium of local people banded together to buy it when it was threatened with closure.

Purslow

­Hundred House Inn. The oddly named pub is a reference to the old taxation boundary.

Hopton Castle

Built in the 14th century on the site of an earlier castle. It was the scene of a very bloody siege in the Civil War, when all the occupants were massacred & thrown into the ditch nearby. The nearby Hopton Wood is excellent for mountain biking, with over 15 miles of specially developed off road paths.

Clungunford

13th century church on a Saxon site. Next to the church is the remains of a ‘Motte’ and bailey fort probably used to defend the bridge crossing the River Clun.

Roman road

Part of the Roman Watling Street West which links Caerleon with Chester. Local places linked were the roman garrison town of Bravonium (now called Leintwardine) and Viroconium (Wroxeter) near Shrewsbury.

Refreshments

Clun, Bishop’s Castle and Craven Arms have plenty of facilities for refreshments. The Bird on the Rock tearoom at Abcott serves teas & light lunches.