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Shropshire Lakes and Hidden Highways

Cycling Holiday in the UK


Price From: £345
Nights: 3
Difficulty: Easy or Moderate

Holiday Details

Highlights

  • Pretty lakes and Colemere Country Park
  • Hawkstone Park
  • Wollerton Old Hall Gardens
  • Pretty market town of Ellesmere, with canal, lake and visitor centre

Description

Explore the gently rolling quiet, Shropshire Plain and borderland with this cycling holiday. The area has many small glacial lakes, mosses, rare plants and wildlife. Choose the easy break, or the moderate break with slightly longer cycling distances. The cycling is exceptionally quiet with little lanes and few cars making it an ideal holiday for children or those wanting a peaceful wind down for a few days. Shrewsbury is nearby allowing opportunity to visit this historic town either at the start or end of your break.

Cycle along quiet lanes, through pretty villages like Loppington, English Frankton and Clive, and past many small lakes dotted around the Shropshire Plain. Visit Colemere Country Park, the pretty town of Ellesmere (with its weekly market, Mere, heron watch and canal wharf). The three night break passes Hanmer Mere, Hawkstone Park and Follies, Wollerton Old Hall Gardens, Morton Corbett Castle and Hodnet.

Itinerary for Shropshire Lakes and Hidden Highways

3 nights 4 days. Gentle route

Day 1 - Arrive at lovely farmhouse B & B on edge of Ellesmere from lunchtime. We meet you when you arrive to deliver bikes and adjust them to make sure they are comfortable. Circular ride around countryside (about 11 miles). Opportunity to look around Ellesmere, the Mere (lake), and canal wharf

Day 2 - Cycle out of Ellesmere along quiet lanes to Hanmer Mere and then on past Whixall moss to the small market town of Wem. Comfortable B & B in Wem, or option to upgrade to Country House Hotel. About 15 - 16 miles

Day 3 - Cycle through quiet countryside and villages of Stanton on Hine, Shawbury and Hadnall. The route passes Morton Corbet Castle ruins, Haston Country Garden Centre (rose specialists) and Merrington Green nature reserve. Stay at the Burlton Inn . 19 miles or 10 mile shorter option. through Loppington, Commonwood nature reserve) We give you both and you can decide on the day.

Day 4 - Cycle back to Ellesmere past Colemere Country Park, then on to Ellesmere where we meet you with you luggage and to collect the bikes. 12 - 14 miles.

3 nights 4 days. Moderate route

Day 1 - Arrive at lovely farmhouse B & B on edge of Ellesmere from lunchtime. We meet you when you arrive to deliver bikes and adjust them to make sure they are comfortable. Circular ride around countryside (about 11 miles). Opportunity to look around Ellesmere, the Mere (lake), and canal wharf

Day 2 - Cycle out of Ellesmere along the canal to Colemere Lake and Country Park. From here visit the small market town of Wem famous for its sweet peas. Then on past Hawkstone Park and Follies to Wollerton (chance to visit gardens, NB not open every day - check with us for opening times if you want to visit) and on to Hodnet. (Hall and Gardens have only limited opening) to stay at Bear Hotel. 20 - 21 miles. 

Day 3 - Cycle through quiet countryside and villages of Stanton on Hine, Shawbury and Hadnall. The route passes Morton Corbet Castle ruins, Haston Country Garden Centre (rose specialists) and Merrington Green nature reserve. Stay at the Burlton Inn. 24 miles.

Day 4 - Cycle back to Ellesmere past Colemere Country Park, through small hamlets and the village of Whittington with its lovely castles ruins surrounded by a moat. Nice pub stops for lunch either just before Whittington or after (the Jack Mytton Inn near the canal). Then on to Ellesmere where we meet you with you luggage and to collect the bikes. 24 - 25 miles.

Accommodation

Comfortable farmhouse B & B, country house hotel and country inns. Accommodation can also be arranged in Shrewsbury if you want to extend your break

Pricing

Prices shown are per person

Number of Nights B&Bs/Farmhouse B & B/Inns
3 £345
Single supp/night £10 - £25

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

What's included?

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 - Wem or Whitchurch

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