Canadian Cycling Magazine

Where to stay


You can tour the region if you wish, or simply base yourself in one or more locations and take on the great single-day rides. Church Stretton is a very popular old market town with loads of great b&bs and a campsite. It also has many cafés, pubs and restaurant­s. It’s probably the best base for a short visit. Ludlow is a bigger town with a fine castle. It’s well-blessed with accommodat­ion and dining options, but it’s to the south of many of the prime rides. The tiny towns of Bishops Castle and Clun are well worth a day or two. They open things up for raids into neighbouri­ng Wales.

There are numerous campsites around, which are great when the weather is good. There are also a number of youth hostels, offering budget bunks and other sleeping options. The yha Bridges (, near Ratlinghop­e, is nicely situated, and is popular with cyclists.

Riding Shropshire’s northeast

The riding to the north of the A5/M54 is flat-rolling. As long as you avoid the main roads, there are some great rides and superb old English countrysid­e, with a lot of quaint half-timbered villages along the way.

Exploring the mid-south

South from Telford and around to the west of Bridgnorth is a hilly and scenic place to ride. There are some awesome roads and a lot of great scenery around here, particular­ly along the limestone escarpment Wenlock Edge.

Riding southwest

This prime area is well worth a week of any rider’s time. Directly to the west of the A49 is where the best riding is found. From Church Stretton west and over to the Stiperston­es, slightly north toward Church Pulverbatc­h and due south to Ludlow and along the borders with Clun, Knighton and anywhere in between – paradise on dropped bars is what you will find here.

Bike shops and resources

There are several very good bike shops in Shrewsbury (28 km north of Church Stretton). Check out the Trailhead ( thetrailhe­ In Telford, there is the mountain-bike orientated Plush Hill Cycles ( plushhillc­ A few minutes south of Church Stretton, you’ll find Blazing Bikes ( blazingbik­ The mostly mountain bike shop is connected with The Station Inn ( stationinn­marshbrook. that offers food and accommodat­ion. Ludlow also has a couple of good places with Epic Cycles ( epic-cycles. being the main road bike centre.

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