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2 Days Quietest Cycling Tour in Shropshire, UK
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Under the Sun UK Cycling Tour

Enjoy the area of Shropshire that offers some of the best cyclings in Europe! You will be cycling along river valleys, cutting through spectacular hills, dominated by ruined castles. This really is unspoiled countryside; cars take second place to tractors, sheep, and cyclists. This vacation is one of Wheely Wonderful Cycling Holidays' favorite cycling holiday as it passes the charming border village of Clun with its two traditional inns, a teashop, and a castle. This is possibly the most perfect cycle route you will ever find. Pedal your bicycle and follow the unspoiled river valleys of the Teme, Clun, and Redlake along easy gradients leading up into the beautiful Clun Hills!

Key information

  • Trip type: Self-guided
  • Lodging: Center-based
  • Type of transportation: Cycling
  • Terrain: Road and sometimes hilly
  • Starts and ends in: Petchfield Farm
  • Difficulty level: Easy (Cyclist doesn't need to have a certain level of fitness, mostly flat terrain though occasionally they will ride in unpaved or hills, 10-30 miles per day)
  • Total distance: 38 - 47 miles / 59 - 73 kilometers
  • Vacation type: Leisure cycling
  • Type of bike: Hybrid bike
  • E-bike: Available to rent / 30 GBP


  • 2-day cycling tour
  • Cycling along the quiet lanes
  • Unique detailed route guides and maps
  • Full back up service for any emergencies
  • Quality bikes and biking equipment
  • Inclusive of luggage transfers
  • 1 night’s accommodation
  • Breakfast


2 cycling days in English
The organizer also speaks: French
Group size: Maximum of 8 participants
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You will be accommodated at one of friendly hotels or inns provided by Wheely Wonderful Cycling Holidays. The hotel / inn has friendly staff and is often family-run but definitely not a big hotel chains. The accommodation can be historic country houses and coaching inns. They have comfortable bars and award-winning restaurants (you can choose to include evening meals on selected holidays). Most of them are in small towns with a choice of other places to eat within walking distance.

There will be full hotel facilities and lounges, but some of the small inns may not have this, and they are typically graded three to four stars by the AA or Visit Britain. In addition, you may choose which type of room you want to sleep in, whether double room, twin room, family room, or family suite. Single rooms are sometimes available but a twin or double is normally booked for a single occupant. All rooms have either en-suite or private bathroom facilities.


The routes guide you through the river valleys of the Teme, Onny, and Clun along quiet lanes with plenty of chances to stop at local tea shops and pubs for refreshments. The poet AE Housman aptly describes Clun as the quietest place under the sun. The first cycle tour lives up to its name and is a perfect introduction to the joys of cycling.

This tour will give you a chance to pass several places

  • Ruined castles (There are more castles and fortifications here than any other part of the UK.)
  • Some of the best cycling trek in Europe
  • The Kerry Ridgeway, a 2000-year-old Bronze age trading route
  • The “Three Tuns”, one of the countries of four oldest brewing pubs
  • Acton Scott, a wonderful historic working farm
  • The teashop at Clungunford awarded best in England


Day 1: Petchfield Farm to Clun

You will arrive at Petchfield Farm and be kitted out with your bikes and maps. Your luggage will be organized by Wheely Wonderful Cycling Holidays. You will then start cycling along idyllic valley lanes past a string of picturesque villages and gradually leading you up through a cleft in the hills. Plenty of inns and tea shops on your route, including one in the historic village of Brampton Bryan with its grand yew hedge and castle. Alternative routes take you further up the Teme valley.

  • Total distance: 20 - 29 miles / 32 - 46 kilometers

Day 2: Clun to Petchfield Farm

You will cycle downstream along the River Clun via the ruins of Hopton Castle and a 1930’s traditional tearoom. Afterward, you will have lunch in a Roman village with its riverside inn or the unique parlor pub which is unchanged for 100 years. You will be finishing any time in the afternoon then back to Petchfield Farm.

  • Total distance: 18 miles / 27 kilometers

Fitting the bike

You will be asked for your height when you book a holiday to reserve the correct sized bicycle for you. On the day you pick your bicycles up, they are carefully fitted to you. This ensures a comfortable few days cycling. If you want to use a mountain bike or tandem, please let Wheely Wonderful Cycling Holidays know when you book. They have lots of ways of adapting bicycles. If you think for some reason you may not be able to cycle just give them a call.

Bikes and equipment

All bikes and equipment are included in this holiday but if you have got a favorite saddle or special pedals, do bring them along and they will be fitted for you. You will use some excellent bikes made by Trek for all the cycling holidays. They’ve all been specifically designed for road cycling (but also cope with tracks, with care). They are brilliant, not only really well made and easy to maintain but, above all, a real pleasure to ride.

In fact, lots of customers return home and go out and buy one from their local shop. If you would prefer to use mountain bikes, let Wheely Wonderful Cycling Holidays know. These are ideal for off-road cycling, but there are no racks or mudguards fitted. They have 21 gears, aluminum tubing, front suspension, and very trendy.


If you feel you may need some extra assistance up some of those hills, you may ask for the electric bike option. The provided e-bikes are suitable for all your holidays apart from the challenging tours.

Children's bikes and trailers

There are a wide range of children’s bikes, child seats, and attachments. Buggies for children aged two to four years old. There is also buggies for children aged two to four, towed by the parent, weatherproof, and great fun for the child. There is plenty of room for picnics and other essentials.

Tag-along bikes

It is equipped with gears and lightweight Reynolds Tubing for children aged four to eight years old. Attach it to the adult bike then turn it into a tandem. The child pedals and helps cycling but if they get tired, you can tow them. It’s very popular because, by four years, they are fed up with the child seat and want more action but you have complete control over their activities on the road.

Gel covers

All the bikes have really comfortable saddles. If you want extra padding, let Wheely Wonderful Cycling holidays know and they will fit you with a gel cover.


You will be sent off with a day pannier each, just the right size for the essentials, and the rest will be carried by car.

Cycle safety helmets

It is not compulsory but recommended. Everybody will be supplied with a helmet if required but you can also bring your own if you prefer.


The slime will be put in all the inner tubes. This helps to prevent 90% of all known punctures. It is a great stuff but do not forget that Wheely Wonderful Cycling Holidays will always come out and rescue you.

Locks and security

Each bike is supplied with a lock and key. Always make sure your bike is locked securely. Overnight all bikes are locked into a secure building at your accommodation.

Own bikes

If you prefer to use your own bikes, then feel free to bring them along. Wheely Wonderful Cycling Holidays will check them over before you start off on your trip and still come and rescue you if it breaks down. Wheely Wonderful Cycling Holidays will give you a small discount if you bring your own bikes.

Maps and route guides

For all the holidays, Wheely Wonderful Cycling Holidays specialize in providing unique maps and route guides. Routes are described in great detail and also show lots of places of interest, local history, and refreshment stops.

Map carriers

For the cycling holidays, maps are carried in the front handlebar bags, making it easy to read at all times. On walking holidays, you have a special pouch to hold the maps, route guide, and compass.

Route grading

How difficult are the cycle routes? How long does it take to cycle? Most people average five miles per hour over a day including stops (ten miles per hour without stops), so 20 miles takes about four hours. Here is a description of the route grading:

  • Easy: Up to 20 miles per day, over easy terrain, suitable for all abilities. If there are hills, then you choose the easy way up.
  • Moderate: Up to 30 miles per day, perhaps with one big hill but still suitable for most abilities.
  • Difficult: Up to 40 miles per day with more hills, about six to eight hours’ cycling. You will feel tired at the end of the day.
  • Strenuous: Longer mileage with lots of big hills and steep gradients. You need a good level of fitness to complete these tours.


This cycling tour will take you from Petchfield Farm, Ludlow to Clun, United Kingdom. Clun is a charming border village, with a castle, museum, teashop, and two pubs that provide excellent food.


Your accommodation serves you a bed and full English breakfast. All overnight stops are within an easy walking distance of a restaurant or country inn. The special food guide will point you in the right direction. Ludlow and the whole of the Marches area have become really well known for its excellent food. There are lots of Michelin-star restaurant and food festivals, and, most importantly, it’s all produced locally.

You can enjoy the best teashops in the land, De Grey’s in Ludlow, which is voted as the UK’s best tearoom. You can also taste local cheeses like Hereford Hop and Stinking Bishop which feature on the award-winning cheese board at The Stagg, the UK’s first inn to pick up a Michelin star on the Hereford / Welsh border. Local cider made from apples with extraordinary names like Black Foxwhelp and Strawberry Norman as well as Dunkerton’s cider also worth to try.

There have been vineyards in the area for over 2000 years: Wroxeter, Bodenhams, and Three Choirs. You can also participate in the Ludlow Food Festival every May and September. In addition, special diets and other requirements are no problem; just let Wheely Wonderful Cycling Holidays know at the time of booking.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Biking tour to Clun
  • Cycling along the idyllic valley and picturesque villages
  • Quality bikes and equipment (pannier to carry your picnic, lock, helmet, gel covers, etc).
  • Unique detailed route guides and Ordnance Survey maps to show the best route
  • Comprehensive holiday information pack about the area and events during your stay
  • Luggage transported between each night’s accommodations
  • Full back up service for any emergencies and problems
  • Safe and secure parking at Petchfield Farm
  • Breakfast
  • 1 night's accommodation

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Driving directions from London and the South East

  • From the M25, take the M40 to Birmingham.
  • Continue to the M42 (west) and join the M5 south to junction five.
  • Take the A38 to Droitwich, A4133 to Ombersley and Holt Heath, A443 to Newnham Bridge, and A456 to Woofferton.
  • Turn right (north) on the A49 - B4361 to Ludlow.
  • As you approach Ludlow on the B4361, take the sharp left towards Wigmore, just before the Charlton Arms Hotel. Don’t be tempted to take the shortcut from Woofferton to Elton via Richard’s Castle; everybody gets lost.
  • Journey time: two and a half hours from the M25.

Driving directions from Manchester and the north of England

  • From the M6, take the M56 west to junction 10.
  • Turn south on the A49 to Whitchurch - Shrewsbury - Ludlow.
  • Take the first slip road into Ludlow and go through Ludlow on Corve Street and Old Street.
  • Cross the river Teme at Ludford Bridge and turn immediately right towards Wigmore (just past the Charlton Arms Hotel).
  • Journey time: two hours from the M6.

Driving directions from Bristol and the South West

  • Take the M5 north to junction 6.
  • Turn left on the dual carriageway - A449 to Ombersley - A4133 to Holt Heath - A443 to Newnham Bridge - A456 to Woofferton.
  • Turn right (north) on the A49 - B4361 to Ludlow.
  • As you approach Ludlow on the B4361, take the sharp left towards Wigmore, just before the Charlton Arms Hotel. Don’t be tempted to take the shortcut from Woofferton to Elton via Richard’s Castle; everybody gets lost.
  • Journey time: two hours from Bristol.

Driving directions from Ludlow

  • Take the Ludlow to Wigmore road (from the B4361 next to the Charlton Arms).
  • Continue on this road through Mortimer’s Forest and down into the valley for five miles.
  • Go through the hamlet of Elton.
  • Petchfield Farm is on your left, 100 meters after the left turn to Richard’s Castle.
  • Journey time: 10 minutes

Driving direction from Hereford

  • Take the A4110 north to Wigmore.
  • At Wigmore, turn right towards Ludlow (by the Oak Inn).
  • Go through Leinthall Starkes.
  • Petchfield Farm is half a mile after Leinthall Starkes on the right-hand side.
  • Journey time: 30 minutes

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Birmingham Airport (BHX) or Manchester Airport (MAN).

These are the nearest international airports to Ludlow. The airports have scheduled flights to and from America and many European hubs. However, those airports are not the major airports. For a larger choice of flights and destinations, please book your flight to arrive at Heathrow Airport (LHR) or Gatwick Airport (LGW). All airports have direct connections into the rail network.

If you would like a taxi to collect you from the airport and to transfer you to either your first night’s accommodation or the base start of your cycling holiday, please contact Knighton Taxis and M&J Travel.

Arrival by train

Ludlow is on the mainline train service between Newport and Manchester run by Arriva Trains. From London, you can take an hourly-service train at Paddington Station, and then change at Newport. The journey time is three and a half hours.

If you are coming from Heathrow, take the direct train link to London (Paddington Station). Alternatively, take RailAir bus link to Reading from Heathrow every 20 minutes with 45 minutes' journey time. This misses out London and connects directly to the mainline service to Newport / Ludlow.

From Birmingham, you can take an hourly service from Birmingham International or Birmingham New Street with a changing in Shrewsbury. Journey time is one and a half hours. In addition, you can take an hourly service from Manchester Piccadilly (it is usually direct but sometimes needs to change at Crewe) with two hours’ journey time.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 12.1% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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