Cycling in and around Shrewsbury

Shrewsbury’s conveniently positioned in miles of glorious Shropshire countryside not far from the Welsh borders. This means that for residents and visitors alike, it’s an idyllic location for getting outside on a cycling adventure. Whether you’re looking for a gentle day out winding your way through pretty country lanes, or a more challenging route that will test your endurance, there are a number of cycling opportunities in and around Shrewsbury. Here’s a look at a few of the most enchanting, or you can view a full directory of Shropshire routes here.

Cycling within Shrewsbury

There are numerous green spaces within Shrewsbury that are ideal for walking and cycling, like Quarry Park. For a longer loop that really lets you take in the town’s rewarding sights, the Lyth Hill Loop offers spectacular views as you head into the Shropshire Hills. You’ll pass by Stapleton Church, and travel to Lyth Hill with its areas of woodland and scrub to explore. Another option is the 10-mile Home Farm Highlights route, following Route 81 from Shrewsbury through Uffington to Home Farm, Attingham. You can choose to extend the route to Rodington to make it 16 miles. Home Farm’s located at Attingham Park, a working farm with animals, tearooms. The home-made ice cream is a worthy treat after a long cycle!

The Lady Halton Route

One of the easier rides in the Shropshire area, this is a family-friendly loop that spans seven miles of tracks and tranquil lanes around Ludlow. It’s an hour’s drive outside of Shrewsbury, making it a good idea for a day out. The loop takes you past Linney Riverside Park and Oakly Park before returning to give you a prime view over Ludlow Castle. There are plenty of spots to have a bite or enjoy the views along the way, which is ideal if travelling with small children.

 

 

Off-roading

Some day-trippers prefer to cycle away from Shrewsbury into the Shropshire Hills and go off-roading. If you’re into mountain biking, this can offer fun and challenging routes. Some of the most popular rides include the Jack Mytton Way and Long Mynd.  Hopton Wood is an hour’s drive from Shrewsbury, and is known as a prime centre of downhill mountain biking.  If you choose to go off-roading, be sure to stay sensitive about your impact on the environment. Pay close attention to local wildlife and livestock, and try not to ride over plants. Be sure you have the right type of bike and gear for the job as well. Stock up on accessories like bottle bags and bike lights ahead of time.  

Six Castles Cycleway

If you’re up for a longer challenge, this 58-mile route runs between Shrewsbury and Leominster. Along the way, you’ll meander through the Rea Valley into Wales, pass near Bishop’s Castle, and then up and over the hills to Craven Arms. There are six castles marking the route, including Bishop’s Castle, Richard’s Castle, Shrewsbury Castle, Ludlow Castle, and Croft Castle. Finish up with a visit to Stokesay Castle. With changing scenery and unique architecture at each castle, it’s a fascinating ride.

 

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