Shropshire Lakes and Hidden Highways

Cycling Holidays in the UK

Price from: £365

Nights: 3

Difficulty: Easy, Moderate

Shropshire Lakes and Hidden Highways

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

The Shropshire Lakes and Hidden Highways cycling break explores the gently rolling, quiet Shropshire Plain. North Shropshire has many small beautiful glacial lakes, mosses, rare plants and wildlife.

Choose the easy break, or the moderate break with slightly longer cycling distances. This is an exceptionally quiet cycling holiday with small lanes and few cars making it an ideal holiday for 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 also passes Hanmer Mere, Hawkstone Park and Follies, and Morton Corbett Castle.

You might also like the longer Marches Meander cycling holiday

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 the 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 the countryside near Ellesmere (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 in Whittington. Then on to Ellesmere where we meet you with your 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 £365
Single supp/night £15 – £40

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 –  £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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