A 20 mile circular cycle route from Wem taking in a number of interesting villages and hamlets with a variety of historical churches, this route takes in the beautiful Colemere lake and Country Park, which provides an ideal setting for a picnic lunch! With shorter options of 16 miles or 14.5 miles (32 km in total or 25.7 km or 22.5 km with short cuts).

Distance

21 miles

Terrain

Quiet Country roads

Start from

Wem Town Centre

Nearest to

Wem

Parking

Wem Town Centre

The route

Cycling is one of the best ways to soak up the unspoilt landscapes and experience the unique features of the environment and villages of North Shropshire. It is ideal cycling terrain: quiet lanes and country roads, easy gradients and yet amazing views. These cycle routes have been chosen to suit a range of interests and abilities, the shortest route being 7.5 miles and the longest 24 miles. Cycled over a day, with a picnic lunch or a stop at a local pub, this really is a great way to explore the area.

Places of interest:

Wem

Wem originated as a Saxon settlement but also has evidence of settlers dating back to the Iron Age. During the War of the Roses, it was “torn to the ground” by the Earl of Salisbury on behalf of the Yorkists. The town was rebuilt in 1500 by Ralf Greystock only to see further destruction in 1677 after a 14-year-old girl, Jane Churn, dropped a candle and started a huge fire that destroyed most of the wooden buildings in the town. More recently, in 1887, a local called Henry Eckford became the first to cross breed the modern Sweet Pea. His contribution to horticulture is still celebrated every year in Wem with the annual Sweet Pea Show. For more information about Wem visit www.wem.gov.uk

Wem is nestled at the heart of the beautiful Meres and Mosses landscape. For information about preserving this unique habitat, or to find local events visit www.themeresandmosses.co.uk

Newtown

Newtown is a small village which is interesting for its church dedicated to King Charles the Martyr, one of only 4 churches in the country with this dedication.

Welshampton

The church of Saint Michael was built in 1863 and was designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott with unusual yellow stone and a diaper pattern slate roof.

Colemere

Colemere is home to the second largest of the lakes/ meres in Shropshire. The mere is surrounded by extensive woodland with picnic places and a circular walk. Opposite Colemere lake is St John the Evangelist church, a mid-Victorian Gothic church.

Loppington – Dickin Arms

The only remaining bull-ring in Shropshire is set in the road in front of the Dickin Arms pub. It is believed that it was used up to 1835 for bull baiting.

Refreshments

There are a range of refreshments available in Wem.