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Ironbridge Cycle Tour

Ironbridge cycle tour - Wheely Wonderful Cycling

A stunning cycle tour, which gradually leads you to the world famous Ironbridge gorge - the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution. Overnight stops take you to Clun, Church Stretton and Ironbridge (for two nights) - enabling you to spend a whole day exploring this unique gorge & heritage museums. Leave Ironbridge to cycle down through the Clee Hills to the medieval town of Ludlow. Your last day takes you through Mortimer Forest back to Petchfield Farm.

This cycle tour covers slightly longer distances (up to 32 miles a day), but with lots of interest all the way. The Long Mynd is the biggest hill you have to cycle over. Total 115 miles. Opportunities for longer rides each day.

Day 1. Petchfield Farm to Clun. 20 miles (32 km). Cycle to Clun, along one of our favourite routes, following the Rivers Teme and Redlake. A wonderful route along idyllic valley lanes past a string of picturesque villages, gradually leading you up through a cleft in the hills. Plenty of inns & teashops.

Day 2. Clun to Church Stretton. 26 miles (42 km). Today’s tour takes you to the border market town of Bishop's Castle then over the heather covered grouse moors of the Long Mynd hills (the easy way) to the spa town of Church Stretton. If you want to make this day more of a challenge you can also visit Montgomery with its spectacular castle and the dramatic Stiperstones.

Day 3. Church Stretton to Ironbridge. 32 miles (52 km). Follow Apedale to the River Severn - a distinctly different cycling area to the border country you've been touring through - lots of old established farms. You can visit the ruins of Wroxeter Roman city & Buildwas Abbey en-route. Or if you have lots of time, Attingham Park - a Grand National Trust house.

Day 4. Ironbridge, a World Heritage Site is situated on the River Severn in a quiet, deeply wooded gorge - very different to the atmosphere 200 years ago - it became the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution. You can cycle or walk to all the museums in the gorge. Blists Hill Victorian village is the most popular, but the others are fascinating too, from the Ironmasters houses to the Tar Tunnel & Jackfield Tile Museum.

Day 5. Ironbridge to Ludlow. 32 miles (52 km). Cycle through the Corvedale to Ludlow. Visit Broseley’s Pipeworks museum, National Trust’s Benthall Hall and Much Wenlock - home to the medieval Wenlock Priory, and the story of how Much Wenlock was the inspiration for the modern Olympic games. Under the Clee you will find quiet hamlets, Norman churches, superb cycling and the longest ford in the UK. Ludlow is a medieval fortified town with a magnificent Norman castle. There are lots of very good inns and restaurants in Ludlow, including two Michelin chefs.

Day 6. Ludlow to Petchfield Farm. 5 - 20 miles (16 - 32 km). Your last cycling day - either 5 miles (8 km) through Mortimer Forest, 10 miles (16 km) via Richards Castle, one of the first Norman castles built in this country before 1066! Or 20 miles (32 km) via the River Teme and Tenbury Wells. Finishing any time in the afternoon, back at Petchfield Farm.

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This holiday includes:

Six day cycle tour with five nights b&b accommodation

• All quality bikes and equipment

• Luggage transportation

• Special route guides and maps

• Comprehensive holiday information pack

• Full emergency back up service

• Safe parking at Petchfield Farm

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Week: 6 days, 5 nights
Grade: Moderate
Start: Any day
Mileage: Total 115 miles
Contact: 01568 770755

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