View of Ludlow from St. Laurence's Parish Church in England, United Kingdom. Wikimedia Commons:Peter Evans

Stokesay Castle in Stokesay, Shropshire, England, United Kingdom. Flickr:UpSticksNGo Crew
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Around Medieval Ludlow Bike Tour

England, Wales Bike Tours

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 (a listed building is one that has been placed on lists maintained by Historic England) 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.

    Highlights:

    • Authentic village experience
    • Renowned food scene
    • Shropshire Hills and stunning views
    • Flexible distances each day
    • Lovely accommodations. You choose!

    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.

  • 2020

    Guest House: $ 1152 £ 590 $ 1,041 712 $ 1205 kr 7495 $ 789

    Single supplement: $ 410 £ 210 $ 370 253 $ 429 kr 2668 $ 281

    Hotel/Inn: $ 1259 £ 645 $ 1,138 778 $ 1317 kr 8194 $ 862

    Single supplement: $ 742 £ 380 $ 670 458 $ 776 kr 4827 $ 508

    extra options

    Extra nights

    Guesthouse:  $ 139 £ 71 $ 125 86 $ 145 kr 902 $ 95

    Single room: $ 223 £ 114 $ 201 138 $ 233 kr 1448 $ 152

    Hotel/Inn:  $ 160 £ 82 $ 145 99 $ 167 kr 1042 $ 110

    Single room:  $ 301 £ 154 $ 272 186 $ 314 kr 1956 $ 206

    Extra day's bike rental:  $ 88 £ 45 $ 79 54 $ 92 kr 572 $ 60

    Electric bicycle rental: $ 146 £ 75 $ 132 90 $ 153 kr 953 $ 100

    *Discounts available for children. Please ask us for details.

    If you wish to arrange transfers to and from the airport, please contact us.

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

    Information to read before you book.

    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

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  • Travel

    Fly to Birmingham International Airport, Manchester, or Liverpool John Lennon. Other options are London Heathrow or London Gatwick.

    Local Travel

    Birmingham International, Manchester, and Liverpool each have an hourly train service to Ludlow. Travel time is approximately one hour. London Heathrow and London Gatwick also have rail connections with travel time being approximately three and a half hours. Airport transfers can be arranged at an additional cost.

    Climate

    Please check local conditions before arrival. In Ludlow, the summers are comfortable and partly cloudy, the best time of year to visit Ludlow for warm-weather activities is from June through September. Don’t forget your raingear! A good website to visit to research average regional weather including average high/low temperatures, average rainfall, and more is weatherbase.com. Average high/low temperatures in degrees Fahrenheit for Ludlow are: April 55º/35º, May 61º/43º, June 66º/45º, July 70º/48º, August 70º/48º, September 64º/45º, and October 57º/39º.

    Recommended

    Book during the famous, Ludlow Festival which takes place the last week of June and the first week of July but book early! Hotel availability becomes scarce.

    Remarks

    It is possible to bring your own pedals and bike seat. This tour offers children discounts starting from the age of 16, based on sharing a family room or family suite with two adults. Children’s bicycles, trailers, tandems, and mountain bikes are also available. Please ask us for details!

    Documents

    Before you travel, please check your country's passport and visa requirements and the passport and visa requirements of the country/countries you plan to visit. For US citizens, the US Department of State website is a good source of information. The Country Information tab in the International Travel section provides details about passport validity, blank passport pages required, etc. For our other international clients, please be sure that you research your own country's travel requirements. It is each traveler's responsibility to ensure proper documentation.

    *Important note: Beginning July 1, 2021, additional documentation from the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) will be required to visit any of the 26 Schengen-member countries for tourism, business, medical, or transit. This is an additional check on security rather than a visa.


Where You’ll Stay

Hotel/Inn: Charlton Arms Hotel, a stylish country Inn on the banks of the River Teme in historic Ludlow (10 minute walk from the train station).

Guesthouse: The Mount Guesthouse, a Victorian house, with very friendly hosts a few minutes walk from Ludlow’s historic center (5 minute walk from the train station).

What’s Included

  • Accommodations for 4 nights including breakfast
  • 21 speed hybrid bicycle equipped with mudguards, luggage racks, panniers, repair kit, lock and handlebar map holder
  • Transfers on Day 4
  • Route descriptions & maps

What’s Not Included

Extra Stay

Extra nights can be arranged in Ludlow.

TourBike
TypeSelf Guided
SkillEasy–Moderate
Length5 days
From£590 Rates
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Tour Dates

2020

Arrival possible daily from April 1 to October 31, 2020

Skill Level

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-To-Day Itinerary

Around Medieval Ludlow Map

Day 1: Arrival in Ludlow
Day 2: Choice of cycle routes; 11, 15, 24, or 30 miles (18 to 48 km)
Day 3: Choice of cycle routes 14, 22, or 34 miles (22 to 55 km)
Day 4: Choice of cycle routes 10, 14, or 31 miles (16 to 50 km)
Day 5: Departure

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; 12, 16, or 30 miles (18 to 48 km)
After breakfast, a taxi takes you from your accommodation 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 48 km). 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 along the longest ford in Clee, St Margaret. 

Day 4: Choice of cycle routes 10, 14, or 31 miles (16 to 50 km)
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 take you back to your accommodations for the evening.

Day 5: Departure
Your bike tour in English will end following breakfast.

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Tour Reviews

  • Steven S. 4 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    Tour operators were very nice. For example, they gave us ride back to town rather than call a taxi.
    Two days were relatively flat, two were hilly, especially the last day when riding back to the farm from Ludlow. Plenty of historical sites. Recommended lunch stops didn't meet our schedule, so be prepared.
    Be aware:
    -no cyclometer (I had my own Garmin),
    -no TripSite water bottles - take your own,
    -no detailed directions for optional rides - just a list of way-points,
    -only one handlebar bag per couple - for the person carrying the map. (each bike has a pannier)
    There is a heavy-duty road map included, which was helpful. I also traced the routes on Google maps the night before to know what landmarks to look for, as many streets and roads are not signed.
    Some of the riding is along narrow roads between tall hedgerows. It's like riding in a tunnel - not very scenic.
    Overall, we enjoyed the biking experience, the stops, and Ludlow.

  • Barb V. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    We had a great time biking, the bikes and maps were wonderful! The biking was hilly! It was very hot, unusual for wales, and the hotel did not help us when we asked to open the windows more. They also wanted to give us two separate rooms because they did not have a twin room available. That took some sorting out! All in all it was very memorable and can't wait to go again!

  • Kevin from Trailsnet.com 3 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    What a fantastic tour this is!! It includes a little bit of everything: scenery, history and fantastic bicycle adventures. And the accommodations were incredible. I can easily say that I've never stayed in a more historic yet comfortable hotel in my life. And that was especially important with this particular tour because it is all based out of the medieval market town of Ludlow, so your hotel is your home base for each day of cycling.
    If you decide to do this tour, prepare to enjoy the historically and gastronomically famous town of Ludlow and the surrounding area. The food is marvelous and the landscapes are spectacular!!

  • Chris Prince 5 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Loads of fun and quite hilly. The castle at Stokesay and Ludlow were worth the price of admission alone. Locals are super friendly, climate mild during the summer. Some fairly treacherous roads to traverse, and moderately challenging mapping. Fantastically fun, though! Made for a great adventure for the second part of our honeymoon.

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