Nantwich, Waterways and Meres
Cycling Holiday in the UK
- Delamere Forest
- Tudor market town of Nantwich
- Cholmondeley Castle Garden, Beeston Castle
- Hanmer and Marbury Meres
- Erdigg National Trust House
- Llangollen Canal and lovely town of Llangollen
This cycling holiday visits the quiet parts of West Cheshire and North Shropshire and slips into Wales for a night in the lovely town of Llangollen. Starting near Tarporley, spend the first day exploring Delamere Forest or Little Budworth Common and then head south to the Tudor market town of Nantwich with its many black and white buildings, antique and independent shops and museum.
From here criss-cross the canals, going through Audlem with its long set of locks and Wrenbury - both villages have lovely pubs overlooking the canal so you can watch the boats. From here pass Cholmondeley Castle Gardens with a lunch stop in Malpas before heading to Shropshire lakes. Spend two nights in Wem or Ellesmere exploring some of the many small glacial lakes in the area. Choose a circular ride, or have a rest from the saddle - Shrewsbury is just a short bus ride. From here an overnight in Wales in the lovely town of Llangollen and then head back to Tarporley through Farndon on the River Dee.
Cycling distances - A flexible cycling holiday. Moderate routes 20 - 25 miles a day (option some days for longer routes) or gentle route round 15 miles each day. We can also offer a combination with gentle routes on some days and moderate on others and strenuous options for some days.
Itinerary for Nantwich, Waterways and Meres
Moderate Cycling Route
(Mix of accommodation)
Day 1 - Arrive at Little Budworth, near Tarporley lunchtime/early afternoon. We meet you when you arrive - deliver bikes and adjust them to make sure they are comfortable. Choice of circular bike rides to Delamere Forest (cycling distance, 20 - 24 miles) or to Tarporley, Little Budworth Country Park and the Shire Horse Centre (Cycling distance about10 miles).
Day 2 - Cycle from Little Budworth into Tarporley then past Beeston Castle and along quiet lanes to Nantwich with its pretty streets, antique shops and small museum. Spend time exploring the town and stay at the Crown Hotel in Nantwich for the night. About 24 miles.
Day 3 - Cycle from Nantwich through the pretty village of Wynbunbury. From here pass Dagfields antique and craft centre, on to canalside village of Audlem and watch the canal boats going through one of the longest sets of locks. Continue on through Wrenbury and Marbury to Cholmondeley. Visit Cholmondeley Castle Gardens (only open Wed, Thurs, Sun and bank holidays). Accommodation either Cholmondeley Arms. Cycling distance 20 - 25 miles.
Day 4 - From Cholmondeley cycle to Malpas. From here it's a quiet 7 mile run to Hanmer village with its peaceful lake and nice pub and on through Welshampton to Colemere Country Park and on to spend the night in the market town of Ellesmere. Stay at a comfortable farm on the edge of the town. Visit the mere and the canal wharf. Cycling distance 24 - 25 miles
Day 5 - Circular cycling route along a lovely stretch of canal towpath to Colemere Country Park. From here cycle on to the market town of Wem. From here on to the villages of Loppington and Burlton before heading back to Ellesmere for a 2nd night. Cycling distance about 25 miles
Day 6 - From Ellesmere the cycle route takes you to Whittington Castle and then on to Chirk before heading over the Pontcysyllte aqueduct and on into the pretty town of Llangollen on the River Dee. Cycling distance about 26 miles
Day 7 - From Llangollen its back along the canal to Chirk and then on to Overton through Bangor on Dee on to Tilston to stay in a nice country pub - about 25 miles
Day 8 - Cycle to Farndon on the River Dee, on to Tattenhall with a choice of places for lunch. From here pass (and stop?) at the Ice Cream and Cheshire Cheese Farm. Then past Beeston Castle, back to Tarporley and on to Little Budworth your start where we meet you with your luggage and collect the bikes. about 24 miles
There are options on some days for longer routes - please contact us if you would like us to tailor a route with some longer days
Gentle Cycling Route
(mix of accommodation)
Day 1 - Arrive at Little Budworth, near Tarporley lunchtime/early afternoon. We meet you when you arrive to deliver the bikes and adjust them to make sure they are comfortable. Circular cycle ride to Little Budworth Country Park (about 10 miles). Opportunity to look around the Shire Horse Centre
Day 2 - Cycle from Little Budworth into the pretty Georgian village of Tarporley past Beeston Castle and then along quiet lanes to Nantwich with its pretty streets, antique shops and small museum. About 17 miles.
Day 3 - From Nantwich short section out of town on the main road, then lanes. Cycle to Hack Green Secret Nuclear Bunker - (now a fascinating museum) and on to Wrenbury on the Shropshire Union Canal. From here its a gentle ride to Cholmondeley. Visit Cholmondeley Castle Gardens (open Wed, Thurs, Sun and bank holidays) Accommodation, Cholmondeley Arms.14 - 15 miles.
Day 4 - A little longer day today. From Cholmondeley cycle to Malpas then its a quiet 7 mile run to Hanmer village with its peaceful lake and nice pub. From here to the market town of Ellesmere to stay at a comfortable farm on the edge of the town. Visit the mere and canal wharf. 17 - 18 miles
Day 5 - Circular route to Colemere Country park along a lovely stretch of canal towpath. On to Loppington and then back to Ellesmere. 14 miles
Day 6 - Cycle through St Martins and Weston Rhyn and on to Chirk, with its lovely castle. From here along the canal into Llangollen - Cycling distance about 16 miles
Day 7 - One long day to Overton, Bangor on Dee and Worthenbury on the river Dee and on to spend a night in a quiet country pub in Tilston 24 miles
Day 8 - Cycle to Upper Burwardsley with the Candle workshops and lovely Pheasant Inn. From her back past Beeston Castle, to Tarporley and on to Little Budworth your start where we meet you with your luggage and collect the bikes. about 17 miles
Good waulity B & B and village pubs, small hotels. On 3 nights there is an option for Country House Hotel. Please contact us for details.
Prices shown are per person
|Number of Nights||B&Bs/Farmhouse B & B||Inns/Hotels|
|Single supp/night||£15 -25||£20 - 35|
Can do country house hotels on 3 nights - contact us for details
Discounts & Offers
Child Discounts - (Children sharing with 2 adults)
Under 2 - free
Under 4 - 80%
Under 12 - 50%
12 to 16 - 25%
Group Discounts - 10% for groups of 4 or more adults
Discount for using own bikes - Short breaks up to 3 nights £8 per day. Longer Breaks 4 nights and over £10 per day
This cycling holiday includes -
- Overnight B & B accommodation
- Detailed routes, maps, background information
- Quality bikes (discount available of you prefer to bring your own)
- Helmets and tool kit, puncture resistant tyres
- Luggage transfer & full support and back-up should you need help
- Car parking or transfer to and from nearest station
Nearest station - Chester or Hartford near Northwich
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