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Rural Rides: Cycling Holidays in the Shropshire Hills

Searching for a cycling holiday in the Shropshire Hills? You’ve come to the right place!

Moonrise Lodges’ two luxury lodges are set on a family farm in the Shropshire Hills, a designated area of outstanding natural beauty. The Shropshire Hills are best explored by bike, as cars take second place to tractors and cyclists in this picturesque rural area. Miles away from the motorways, our beautiful county has remained largely natural and unspoilt, with little traffic. Factor in the fantastic scenery and high standard of pub grub, it’s not surprising that the Shropshire Hills have become a mecca for cyclists!

Cycle through quiet country lanes as they meander through gentle valleys or climb up sweeping hills and be rewarded with amazing views. Whether you’re seeking a gentle cycle or a challenging hill climb, we highly recommend getting out and exploring Shropshire on two wheels…

Cycling in Shropshire: A Perfect Partnership

Shropshire boasts a plethora of cycling trails and tracks, suitable for all ages, preferences, and abilities.

If you like circular routes, the county’s market towns are a great place to start, with several circular routes originating from each town. Each town has a distinct charm and character, from the medieval jewel that is Ludlow, to the ‘Little Switzerland’ of Church Stretton – named so because from here, cyclists can brave one of Britain’s most iconic road climbs, the Burway.

For cyclists seeking flat routes, Shropshire is jam-packed full of meandering rivers, canals, and lakes to explore on two wheels. Shropshire’s very own Lake District near Ellesmere is ideal for families seeking relaxed rides. Explore the River Severn from Shrewsbury, Ironbridge or Bridgnorth, or the Llangollen canal from Ellesmere, Whitchurch, or Market Drayton.

If you prefer a more challenging cycle, the unsigned Shropshire Cycleway follows the perimeter of the county. Experienced tourers can explore this 185-mile route and take in the county’s magnificent scenery from the fascinating and varied country border.

Terrific Trails to Explore on Two Wheels

Here at Moonrise Lodges, you will find many cycle routes situated close by. Check out our recommended list of trails and tracks below…

1. Ludlow Racecourse Rendezvous

This easy 8-mile circular route takes in the picturesque market town of Ludlow, passing by the renowned Ludlow Racecourse and back to town via Oakley Park. With easy gradients on quiet country lanes and bridleways, this traffic-free route is a great way to explore the historical Shropshire town of Ludlow. Stop off at The Clive Arms on the outskirts of the town and enjoy some traditional pub grub.

2. Llandyssil and Abermule

This 11.5-mile attractive valley route follows quiet, country roads, taking you past Llandyssil and into Abermule. The ride is relatively easy once you’ve climbed the sharp hill out of Montgomery, eventually rewarding you with spectacular views over the Kerry Ridgeway, Montgomery Town Hill and Corndon. We highly recommend heading to The Abermule Inn for that much-needed pit stop of a cold beer and light lunch.

3. Church Stretton: To the Edge

This 13-mile circular trek from Church Stretton takes in the beautiful surrounding countryside, visiting popular attractions such as the Acton Scott Working Farm and Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre. With challenging gradients in some places, you can explore the dramatic landscapes of the Church Stretton hills from the comfort of your saddle. At the end of a long cycle, reward yourself with a cold beer at The King’s Arms, The Bucks Head or The Old Coppers Malt House.

4. Abermule and Bettws Cedewain

This 17.5-mile moderate cycle ride takes you through rural country lanes, with the opportunity to visit Dolforwyn Castle and detour along the Montgomery Canal. This peaceful route requires two steep hill climbs to reach both Montgomery and Dolforwyn; however, you will be rewarded with amazing views. We recommend a quick pit stop at the Bull & Heifer in Bettws Cedewain to rest and refuel.

5. Churchstoke and Priest Weston

This 19.3-mile ride takes you on beautiful country lanes and cuts across Offa’s Dyke, with an optional detour to Roundton Hill Fort and Nature Reserve. After an initial 2 miles of cycling on the main road, you will climb a steep hill towards Offa’s Dyke, before passing through Churchstoke and up towards Priest Weston. Stop off at The Courthouse or The Horse & Jockey in Churchstoke for a quick bite to eat, before hopping back on the saddle.

6. Welshpool and Berriwe

This 23.7-mile route follows part of the Sustrans Route 81, with a highly recommended detour to Powis Castle. Begin by following part of the picturesque Route 81 on quiet country lanes between Leighton and Berriew, before encountering some hill climbs – especially steep near Hendomen, Powis Castle and Berriew. Take your pick of lunch options at The Pheasant Inn, The Raven Inn, or The Wellington Inn in Welshpool.

Spectacular Cycling Holidays in the Shropshire Hills

Life’s a climb, but the view is great here in rural Shropshire! Our two luxury lodges are perfectly placed to explore the stunning Shropshire Hills – whether that be by bike, by foot, or by car.

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Published on 22nd October 2021 by Caroline Brook