A 22 mile circular cycle route from Wem for the more experienced cyclists, with some steep gradients and crossing the busy A49 twice. However, it is well worth the effort, it takes in a number of pretty villages and fine hostelries as well as passing the impressive remains of the Moreton Corbet Castle.

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

Yorton – The Railway Inn

The Railway Inn pub is renowned for great real ales and has been in the same family for over 60 years.

Clive

Clive is the birthplace of William Wycherley, a Restoration dramatist of some repute. Clive Church stands on the slopes of the hill above the village and is a landmark for many miles.

Corbet Wood

Corbet Wood is situated on the slopes of the Grinshill sandstone ridge that lies south of Clive village. Cart tracks, remnants of the former sandstone quarry, now provide easy access to a pleasantly varied woodland scene and lead to several excellent viewing points.

Moreton Corbet

Moreton Corbet Castle is a magnificent and unusual ornate ruin. It was built by Bartholomew Torret following the Norman conquest in 1066. In approximately 1239 the Corbet family acquired Moreton Toret and built a stone castle on the site. For more information visit: www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/moreton-corbet-castle/

Stanton upon Hine Heath - The Stanton Arms

Home to novelist Mary Webb from 1896 to 1902.

Lee Brockhurst

A charming farming hamlet mentioned in the Domesday Book. The bridge over the River Roden was built in Thomas Telford’s design in 1800. Near this is the small village green from where access is available to the National Trust’s protected area of Lee Hills.

Refreshments

There are a range of refreshments available in Wem.