A 27 mile circular cycle route from Whitchurch, with 18.5 mile shortcut. The tranquillity of Shavington Park and the ever popular canal side hostelries at Audlem will reward cyclists who take on the longer route.

Distance

27 miles

Terrain

Quiet Country roads

Start from

Whitchurch

Nearest to

Whitchurch

Parking

Whitchurch 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:

Whitchurch

Whitchurch is one of the busiest and most beautiful market towns in Shropshire. As one of the oldest towns in Shropshire, it also has a fascinating history. Whitchurch is a bustling place; perfect for a great day’s shopping offering a variety of traditional and specialist shops as well as larger chain stores. There are fantastic places to eat, drink, explore or just relax and watch the world go by. Find out more about Whitchurch’s heritage and what else there is to see and do at the Heritage and Tourist Information Centre or visit www.whitchurch-heritage.co.uk/

Calverhall

Calverhall village is located halfway between Whitchurch and Market Drayton, designed largely by W. Eden Nesfield in partnership with Norman Shaw in the 1870’s. The Church of 1872 also has a glass by William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones of 1875.

Audlem

Audlem is an ever-popular picturesque village in the heart of Cheshire’s Upper Weaver Valley set beside the Shropshire Union Canal. With characteristic canalside hostelries, Audlem is always popular as a stop-off point for walkers and canal cruisers, as well as a popular destination for several summertime events and festivals.

Wrenbury

In 1643, during the English Civil War, Wrenbury Hall served as accommodation for the Parliamentarian forces as they prepared for the fateful Battle of Nantwich. In the village itself is the church of St Margarets, which dates from c1500, although a church has existed on the site since the 12th century. Wrenbury also boasts a delightful canal wharf at Wrenbury Mill on the outskirts of the village.