National Route 81 connects Aberystwyth and Wolverhampton via Shrewsbury and Telford.

1. Aberystwyth to Shrewsbury

Route 81 runs from Aberystwyth to Wolverhampton, with the section running through Wales called Lôn Cambria. Lôn Cambria travels 113 miles from the coast at Aberystwyth to the historic border town of Shrewsbury, crossing the heart of beautiful Mid Wales through the Cambrian mountains and alongside the beautiful Elan Valley reservoirs to Rhayader. With red kites soaring above, the route follows quiet lanes linking the picturesque market towns of Llanidloes, Newtown and Welshpool. A final climb on the Roman Road over Long Mountain offers panoramic views before descending into Shrewsbury.

2. Shrewsbury to Albrighton

Shropshire Council has produced free leaflets covering the section of the route which passes through Shropshire:

  • Shrewsbury to Wellington - Make tracks alongside the river and old canal, and take time to enjoy a slower pace of life as you cycle this scenic route (13 miles).
  • Wellington to Albrighton - Explore Shropshire's contrasting historic villages and industrial new town. Make time for plane spotting at the RAF Museum, Cosford (16 miles)

Please note

We have taken all responsible steps to ensure that these routes are safe and achievable by people with a reasonable level of fitness. However, all outdoor activities involve a degree of risk. To the extent permitted by law, Sustrans accepts no responsibility for any accidents or injury resulting from following these routes. Walking and cycling routes change over time. Weather conditions may also affect path surfaces. Please use your own judgement when using the routes based upon the weather and the ability, experience and confidence levels of those in your group.

Please help us to protect this route

Route 81 is part of the National Cycle Network, cared for by Sustrans. Your donation today will help keep the Network safe and open for everyone to enjoy.

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