Shropshire Castles Cycleway

Stokesay Castle, photo courtesy of Chris Shervey Route Details

  • From - to: Shrewsbury to Ludlow
  • Distance: 52 miles
  • Terrain: Quiet lanes
  • Access: Shrewsbury, Craven Arms, Ludlow Rail stations
  • National Cycle Network: National Routes 44 and 81

Route Description

This route lets you experience South Shropshire’s historic castles and the beautiful countryside surrounding them, much of which is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Visit the historic towns of Shrewsbury, Bishop’s Castle, Craven Arms and Ludlow - renowned for traditional shops, lively street markets, art and craft galleries and spectacular storybook castles.

The Shropshire Castles Cycleway is a challenging hilly 52 mile route. The easier section, which is suitable for families and less experienced cyclists, is between Craven Arms and Ludlow.

The four castles on or near the route are (in geographical order from north to south): Shrewsbury Castle, Bishop's Castle, Stokesay Castle and Ludlow Castle. 

The route finishes in Ludlow, a thriving market town with fascinating architecture which is famous for its excellent food and drink. The town is surrounded by the bucolic countryside of the Marches. Its fine medieval castle is perched on a cliff top with panoramic views over the River Teme and the South Shropshire Hills.
Route Extension: You can continue onto Leominster using a National Byway (shown on the downloadable map below) which takes you past two additional castles - Richard's Castle (ruins) and Croft Castle - which dates from the 14th century and sits in a 1,500-acre estate of woodland, farm and parkland.

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This area map shows the National Cycle Network and local routes in this area.

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

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