The south Shropshire hills area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) covers a quarter of Shropshire and amongst many other things is the ultimate untapped mountain bike destination. Conveniently situated in the middle of the UK the train only takes 2.5 hours from London, 1.15 hrs from Birmingham and 2 hrs from Manchester (and just as easy by car).
Shropshire itself is just epically beautiful. Rolling hills in one direction, farmland in the other, high streets full of independent shops and more pubs, restaurants and coffee shops you can fit into a trip. It’s a place that’s constantly evolving, yet retains its timeless appeal. Visit once for a Muddy Cwtch ride and you’ll be back again.
Places to stay
Location of the ride may alter slightly depending on weather/terrain but the following accommodation options are roughly within half an hour radius of our start point.
In the South Shropshire hills you’ll find the small village Ratlinghope - there’s a lovely country pub with good food at The Bridges Pub or for a more budget option The Bridges YHA.
Shrewsbury is the closest town with lots to see, eat and do, beautiful small town based along the River Severn there are a number of B&Bs here including the lovely Ferndell within walking distance of town and boutique hotels in town including the Lion and Pheasant.
If you prefer more rural then The School House B&B is for you, countryside on your doorstep and still only half hour drive from Ludlow, a historic town known for it’s ‘foodie’ reputation.