A route with an excellent start, middle and end, visiting the popular tourist destinations of Ludlow and Ironbridge. A UNESCO world heritage site, the popular Ironbridge gorge is home to the world’s first iron bridge, constructed in 1781 and sat proudly looming over the tranquil River Severn.
Our start and finish location is the equally spectacular medieval town of Ludlow, a central point in the Welsh Marches and bordering onto both Wales and England. It’s ruined medieval castle and fortifications stand promontory overlooking the River Teme and hide some hidden gems for that post ride caffeine fix.
Starting from Ludlow we head north-east and skirt Brown Clee Hill (do checkout our other route to tackle this climb), onto the village of Cleobury North and Ditton Priors, home to the most excellent cycle stop of Willows Cafe.
It’s then onto the villages of Monkhopton and Morville before heading into Broseley and our halfway destination of Ironbridge. Here besides the jaw-dropping views and tourist shops aplenty, you’re spoilt for choice for excellent cafe and coffee stops with our recommendations including Eighty Six’d (especially for lunch) and Green Wood cafe (a great brunch stop).
It’s now time to pump those legs up the steep ascent out of the gorge to continue our cycle towards medieval town of Much Wenlock and heading through the hamlets of Bourton, Brockton and Broadstone.
Remaining on quiet Shropshire roads we pass Tugford, Peaton, North Sutton before arriving back at Ludlow for a well deserved coffee! If sweet treats are your thing do checkout Dugans’ Patisserie or the Italian Smokehouse Deli.