Around Medieval Ludlow
Cycle England and explore Castles, Norman churches and country cottages!
This cycling route in England runs through the countryside in the medieval town of Ludlow. With over 500 listed buildings, there are new and exciting things to explore each day! Among these historical buildings is the Ludlow Castle, dating back to 1086. Cycling in England will take you past country estates and old English villages and make you feel as though you have traveled back in time. Visit the historical Norman churches, National Trust houses of Berrington Hall, and Croft Castle. You will also cycle through the longest Ford in England.
Your accommodation each evening is the luxurious and historic Feathers Hotel. The oldest part of this hotel was built in 1619 during the reign of King James I. The hotel's name comes from motifs of ostrich feathers, traditionally the badge of the Prince of Wales. Located in the heart of Ludlow, it is within walking distance to all of the local shops and restaurants that make up this quaint and picturesque town. The New York Times recently named it, "The most handsome inn in the world".
There is no better way to see these amazing sights than by biking in England! Take advantage of everything this country has to offer, be sure to check out our other bike tours in England.
Where You’ll Stay
Accommodations in the luxurious Feathers Hotel
- Accommodations for 4 nights including breakfast
- 21 speed hybrid bicycle equipped with mudguards, luggage racks, panniers, repair kit, lock and handlebar map holder
- Transfers from Feathers Hotel to the starting point of the tour and back to the hotel on day 4
- Route descriptions & maps
What’s Not Included
- Dinners (can be included for an additional fee)
- Airport transfers (can be arranged for a supplement)
- Bicycle protection
- Trip insurance
Extra nights can be arranged in Ludlow.
Arrival possible daily from April 1 to October 31, 2016
This bike tour in England is an easy to moderate self-guided tour that can be adjusted to fit your level of fitness and desired mileage.
Day 1: Arrival in Ludlow
You will start your bike tour in Ludlow. It is a medieval, fortified town dominated by a 900 year old Norman castle which sits perched on a cliff above the River Teme, surrounded by fantastic cycling countryside and woodlands. It is a thriving market town, with a daily market and outstanding reputation for good food and has been described by the poet Sir John Betjeman as ”the loveliest town in England”. There is plenty to do including guided walks, an outstanding church to visit, films, and live theater. Ludlow has an hourly main line train service.
Day 2: Choice of cycle routes; 11, 15, 24, or 30 miles (18 to 48km)
After breakfast, a taxi takes you from the Feathers Hotel, to Petchfield Farm (about 5 miles) to be fitted for your rental bike. Here, there will also be a briefing about the route for the week. You will cycle back to Ludlow, following the River Teme, and pass two country estates. Today you have a choice of routes; 11, 15, 24, or 30 miles (18 to 48km). There are many possibilities on your ride today. You can stop and look for Kingfishers and Sand Martins from the ancient stone bridges, have a drink in England's only remaining parlor pub, or have a relaxing lunch at a riverside inn. You can also visit Hopton Castle and learn more about its history in the English Civil War, or take tea at Britain’s best tearoom. On your return journey through the Downton estate, visit Bromfield church with its 17th century painted ceiling.
Day 3: Choice of cycle routes 14, 22, or 34 miles (22 to 55 km)
The Corvedale is a wonderful area to explore by bike - old farming villages, quiet lanes, and great views across to the Clee Hills. A 22 mile (35km) ride takes you to the Stokesay Castle, England’s best preserved fortified medieval manor house. You can also cycle across Wenlock Edge to visit Acton Scott Historic Working Farm, here Victorian farm methods and rural crafts are demonstrated. It gives dramatic insight to all the farm buildings that you pass along the route. Another option is to cycle along the Corve valley and under the Clee to visit the romantic Norman Heath Chapel, with its deserted village. You will also cycle through the longest ford in Clee, St Margaret. Return to the Feathers in the evening.
Day 4: Choice of cycle routes 10, 14, or 31 miles (16 to 50km).
Today, cycle to the lovely market town of Tenbury Wells with its old-fashioned teashops and recently restored Victorian Spa buildings. Then, ride through orchards to Richards Castle, one of the first Norman castles built in this country before 1066. Also worth a visit is the grand National Trust house of Berrington Hall, with its ornate classical interiors or Croft Castle, a castellated manor house, home to the Croft family for 1,000 years. You will finish back at Petchfield Farm in the afternoon to drop off your bicycles. A taxi will be waiting to take you back to The Feathers for your fourth and final night.
Day 5: Departure
Your bike tour in English will end following breakfast.