Great Rides - Shrewsbury

In Shrewsbury, the beautiful Shropshire countryside is at your doorstep.

Back in 2008, Shrewsbury was awarded the status of Cycling Town — and since then, it has steadily improved its network of traffic-free pathways and bike routes, all of which take advantage of flat terrain and River Seven views.

Try a portion of National Cycle Routes 81 or 44, especially the 58-mile Six Castles Cycleway on 44, which passes by (you guessed it) six very different castles and on into Wales. Or venture through the rolling Shropshire hills to Ellesmere (serene canals, cute coffee shops), along the scenic lanes and B roads to Shawbury or over the punchy limbs of the Broom Hall Hills.

For mountain biking, hit Minton Batch­–Long Mynd, with natural singletrack and stunning views of heather-covered peaks or push yourself at Hopton Wood, which hosts national-level competitions.

Gravel is great around here: Mortimer Forest is full of gorgeous back lanes and nearly weather-proof doubletrack, and the climbs up Brown Clee and Tittersone Clee (Shropshire’s two highest points) will make you mash your pedals.

The Shropshire Sportive and the Strade Shropshire both offer supported rides over the sweeping hilltops and quiet valleys, and the Poppy Ride brings together local cyclists and veterans in honor of the Royal British Legion. Just over in Wales, near Llangdwyn, the weekend-long Marin Valley Burner MTB features mountain bike and gravel races and rides — plus camping and live music.

Westbury Loop

Distance: 35.8 mi:
Elevation: +/- 2,272 ft

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Criggion Loop

Distance: 38.7 mi:
Elevation: +/- 1,861 ft

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Ludlow Crossover

Distance: 73.2 mi:
Elevation: +/- 4,018 ft

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North to Audlem

Distance: 70.9 mi:
Elevation: +/- 2,597 ft

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Ironbridge & Newport Loop

Distance: 55.2 mi:
Elevation: +/- 2,356 ft

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Long Mountain & Anchor

Distance: 72.4 mi:
Elevation: +/- 5,244 ft

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Much Wenlock & Church Stretton

Distance: 46.7 mi:
Elevation: +/- 2,577 ft

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Shrewsbury Circular

Distance: 41.4 mi:
Elevation: +/- 1,593 ft

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Ellesmere via Maesbury Marsh

Distance: 59.6 mi:
Elevation: +/- 2,227 ft

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Cheshire 100 Loop

Distance: 101.6 mi:
Elevation: +/- 3,572 ft

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Welshpool Ride

Distance: 60.9 mi:
Elevation: +/- 4,315 ft

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Shropshire Climbing

Distance: 61.1 mi:
Elevation: +/- 5,338 ft

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Bridgnorth & Ironbridge

Distance: 53.3 mi:
Elevation: +/- 3,006 ft

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Cockshutt & Lyneal Northern Loop

Distance: 41.5 mi:
Elevation: +/- 1,648 ft

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Llanymynech Loop

Distance: 52.7 mi:
Elevation: +/- 2,195 ft

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Asterton Bank Hill Climb

Distance: 46.4 mi:
Elevation: +/- 3,377 ft

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North Shrewsbury

Distance: 34.2 mi:
Elevation: +/- 1,400 ft

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The Breidden Loop

Distance: 32.2 mi:
Elevation: +/- 1,080 ft

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Acton Burnell Adventure

Distance: 21.2 mi:
Elevation: +/- 794 ft

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Shrewsbury to Llangollen

Distance: 69.7 mi:
Elevation: +/- 3,046 ft

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Baschurch Loop

Distance: 25.3 mi:
Elevation: +/- 1,218 ft

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Sleap Aerodrome: WW2 Heritage Tour

Distance: 22.3 mi:
Elevation: +/- 997 ft

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Meres of Ellesmere Tour

Distance: 37 mi:
Elevation: +/- 1,415 ft

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Epic Welsh Mountain Loop

Distance: 79.3 mi:
Elevation: +/- 4,325 ft

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Harold's Bank

Distance: 44.9 mi:
Elevation: +/- 2,769 ft

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See the Sea at Barmouth

Distance: 139.9 mi:
Elevation: +/- 8,719 ft

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Tour of Lake Vrnywy

Distance: 85.8 mi:
Elevation: +/- 5,088 ft

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Ludlow Loop

Distance: 72.9 mi:
Elevation: +/- 3,840 ft

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Home Farm Loop

Distance: 9.9 mi:
Elevation: +/- 302 ft

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Quarry Ride

Distance: 1 mi:
Elevation: +/- 75 ft

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North Side of the River Severn

Distance: 13.2 mi:
Elevation: +/- 669 ft

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Shrewsbury to Uffington

Distance: 9.2 mi:
Elevation: +/- 249 ft

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Lyth Hill Loop

Distance: 19.6 mi:
Elevation: +/- 1,024 ft

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Shrewsbury Town FC Tour

Distance: 7.1 mi:
Elevation: +/- 253 ft

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Waterways Loop

Distance: 5.2 mi:
Elevation: +/- 142 ft

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