We like riding bikes!

We are a diverse group of people living in the Bishops Castle area with one thing in common - we like riding bikes! We organise rides for riders of all abilities, and we are affiliated to Cycling UK for the protection of all.

Rides are on the first Wednesday of the month. Rides are normally "meet at destination" rides, enabling riders of all abilities to meet at a place and time to socialise together.

In addition, an informal "further, faster" group meets each Wednesday at the Six Bells Pub. You should use the link below to contact us if you think you might want to join this ride for the first time, so that we can let you know if it's going to be right for you.

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

A Ride with a Difference

by Shirley Mutlu

I thought it would be interesting to do a ride on roads not ventured before with a change of scenery, so I planned a 40 mile ride starting from Church Stretton taking in the heritage sights of the Roman City at Wroxeter, Acton Burnell Castle, Langley Chapel  and the cast-iron Cantlop Bridge built in 1813, possibly designed by Thomas Telford.

So on the 22nd August off Yavuz and I went. We took some back lanes running parallel to the A49 which we crossed at Dorrington. We passed some lovely houses and farmsteads not far from the A49 which were quite different from what we normally see locally. Then we headed north eastwards to Atcham.  Between Condover and Berrington we should have turned off for Cantlop but missed the turning - I was trying to follow the route on my phone but it proved quite difficult.

We passed Attingham Park which covers a large area and apparently is the National Trust's most visited property. I can believe it because on one occasion when we visited it, there was a constant stream of cars travelling up the driveway. My planned routes' sights were more understated but just as interesting. 
The Roman City at Wroxeter was amazing, once the fourth largest town in Roman Britain with some well-preserved remains.  No cafe here but a few tables and seating area outside where we ate our sandwiches.  

After Wroxeter we headed south towards Cressage and then westward to Acton Burnell an affluent looking village, our next stop. 

The castle is a ruin but a lovely quiet spot to take in the atmospheric setting. A short hop from Acton Burnell to Langley would have taken us to another atmostpheric place, the chapel with its 17th century timber pews but alas another turning missed!

The final stretch took us through Cardington then Hope Bowdler and down the hill into Church Stretton. All these sights are English Heritage and I would certainly do it again and try not to miss the chapel and bridge. Anyone else interested?