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Short 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 (this is a shorter version, missing out the extra night in Ironbridge). Overnight stops take you to Clun, Church Stretton and Ironbridge - enabling you to explore 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, on your route.

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). From Church Stretton you follow Apedale to the River Severn. You can visit the ruins of Wroxeter Roman city & Buildwas Abbey en-route.

Ironbridge is situated on the River Severn in a quiet, deeply wooded gorge - very different to the atmosphere 200 years ago - when it became the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution. The town and its museums are a World Heritage site. 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 4. 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. 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 5. 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

Wheely Wonderful Cycling

This holiday includes:

Five day cycle tour with four 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: 5 days, 4 nights
Grade: Moderate
Start: Any day
Mileage: Total 115 miles
Contact: 01568 770755

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