Brand NEW National Cycle Network leaflet Route 44 COMING SOON!
The challenging 58 mile route named “Six Castles Cycleway” runs through Shrewsbury, Bishops Castle, Ludlow, Craven Arms, Ludlow and Leominster.
Ride through peaceful lanes and enjoy the beauty of the South Shropshire countryside. The route will take you past some of the historic castles that the area has to offer such as Ludlow Castle and Stokesay Castle.
This leaflet will be available to download shortly.
June 2007 - New Ludlow cycle ride leaflet - The market towns series of leaflets has a brand new addition!
Just published , the leaflet for Ludlow, contains four rides starting from Ludlow railway station which visit various interesting sites in Ludlow and the surrounding area, including Bromfield, Stanton Lacy and the racecourse; Tenbury Wells and Little Hereford; Leintwardine and Mortimer Forest; and the medieval villages at Cleestanton and Cold Weston at the edge of Brown Clee Hill.
The leaflet is an addition to the very popular series which already includes leaflets for Market Drayton, Wem, Whitchurch, Ellesmere, Cleobury Mortimer, Bishops Castle and Church Stretton. The leaflets contain maps and directions for exploring areas around Shropshire's market towns, and rides vary from under 10 miles to over 20 miles.
The leaflets are free and are available from local Vistitor Information Centres or request copies from Transport Planning telor e-mail: . Download the Ludlow leaflet by clicking here
New leaflets are also scheduled to be published in 2007 for Ruyton XI Towns, Oswestry and Bridgnorth and for Much Wenlock, Broseley, Shifnal, Albrighton and Shrewsbury in 2008.
Sustrans Connect2 Initatives
Shropshire County Council is celebrating following the announcement that Sustrans’ Connect2 is the winner of The Peoples £50 Million Big Lottery Fund. To find out more about Sustrans' Connect2 and what is planned for Shrewsbury following the win go to:
Launch of cycling and walking facilities on Shelton Road, Shrewsbury
New cycling and walking facilities on Shelton Road, Shrewsbury were officially launched on 29 March 2007. The improved facilities incorporate:
- a new 40mph speed limit
- new crossing points for pedestrians
- a narrowed carriageway
- surfacing improvements
- a new footway and cycle track.
The cycle track will form part of National Cycle Network Route 81 (Lon Cambria), which connects Shrewsbury to Aberystwyth, and improve walking and cycling routes to local schools. The project has been funded jointly through the Local Transport Plan (cycling and safer routes to school budgets), Highways Maintenance and Sustrans/Cycling England. .
New Online Mapping of All Shropshire's Cycle Routes
You can now look at Shropshire's entire cycle route network online using the new interactive map generated by Shropshire County Council. Shropmap allows you to zoom into your area of interest to a very high level of detail or you can simply use it to see how the cycle routes connect across the whole of Shropshire. - To see all of Shropshire's cycle routes, including the National Cycle Network, click here
To see Shropshire's National Cycle Network only click here
Brand new National Cycle Network leaflets - available now for free!
Shropshire County Council has produced 8 new cycle leaflets covering National Cycle Network Routes 31, 45, 75 and 81. Pick them up for free from Visitor Information Centres, order them direct from Shropshire County Council by calling 01743 25 3008 or download them here:
Route 31 - Oswestry, Ellesmere & Whitchurch (1.69 MB)
Route 45 - Mercian Way - Wyre Forest to Bridgnorth (1.69 MB)
Route 45 - Mercian Way - Around the Wrekin (Ironbridge to Shrewsbury) (2.33 MB)
Route 45 - Mercian Way - Whitchurch to Shrewsbury (2.37 MB)
Route 75 - Nantwich, Market Drayton & Newport (1.47 MB)
Route 81 - Lon Cambria - Welshpool to Shrewsbury (2.02 MB)
Route 81 - Shrewsbury to Wellington (1.47 MB)
Route 81 - Wellington to Albrighton (1.47 MB)
New market town cycle leaflets
Following the huge success of the Market Drayton and Wem cycle ride leaflets, Shropshire County Council can now offer a total of 8 market town leaflets. Additional leaflets for Bishop's Castle and Ludlow are in the pipeline and will be published in the near future. The leaflets contain maps and directions for exploring areas around Shropshire's market towns, and rides vary from under 10 miles to over 20 miles. Pick them up for free from Visitor Information Centres, order them direct from Shropshire County Council by callingor download them here:
Wem (386.1 KB)
Market Drayton (1015 MB)
Whitchurch (1.41 MB)
Church Stretton (1.41 MB)
Ellesmere (1.52 MB)
Craven Arms 1 (408 KB)
Craven Arms (2535 KB)
Cleobury Mortimer (1022 KB)
Ludlow (1022 KB)
Shrewsbury Sports Village
The new cycle circuit at Shrewsbury Sports Village is now officially open. More details at:
Lots of new places to park your bike
Shropshire County Council continues to provide secure cycle parking in public locations and has recently installed cycle parking at local libraries in the Bridgnorth area, at railway stations in South Shropshire and throughout the centre of Oswestry.
If you have a suggestion for a site where bike parking would be of benefit to the local community, e-mail:
Other cycling schemes in the pipeline
Shropshire County Council is working with a number of partners to develop a wide variety of cycling, traffic calming, Home Zone and Safer Routes to School schemes. Cycling projects which are being considered for the next 2-3 years include:
* Shrewsbury - Shelton Road cycle route (National Cycle Route 81)
* Shrewsbury - link to Cartmel Drive from Whitchurch Road
* Wem - Mill Lane to Drawell Lane link
* Route 44 (National Byway) – signing between Shrewsbury and Ludlow
Shropshire Cycle Forum
Have your say! If you want to get involved in the development of cycling schemes in Shropshire, why not come along to the Shropshire Cycle Forum? This group is open to local cyclists and has an evening meeting every 3 months at the Shirehall in Shrewsbury. For more information: