National Cycle Network Route 44

Six Castles Cycleway image

Enjoy the beautiful countryside and experience historic castles as you cycle through the peaceful, scenic lanes of southern Shropshire.

The route

Route 44 is part of the award-winning National Cycle Network. The full route will ultimately run from Shrewsbury to Cinderford and is currently signed from Shrewsbury as far as the Herefordshire border, where the route follows the national byway as far as Leominster; the section of the route which runs through Shropshire is called the Six Castles Cycleway.

A leaflet covering the 58-mile section of route which passes through Shrewsbury, Bishops Castle, Ludlow and Leominster is available to download below.

Links to other cycle routes on the National Cycle Network

Cycle route 44 joins national cycle network route 81, Lon Cambria, at Shrewsbury.

Looking for a shorter route in this area?

For short circular rides from Shrewsbury and Ludlow, try our Family-friendly Rides series. There are also longer circular routes from Shrewsbury, Bishops Castle and Ludlow in the Market Towns Cycle Routes series.

Other long distance routes in this area

You can join the Jack Mytton Way (bridleway) from Route 44 near Lydbury North. The route, which is also accessible to cyclists, travels through over 100 miles of Shropshire’s most beautiful and unspoilt countryside.