BBC Escape to the Country and Wheely Wonderful Cycling

Episode 50 Series 17 Broadcast 16 May 2017 – Shropshire


Cycling in Shropshire – Chris Dartnell

We were really pleased to be asked by the BBC to be the local “cycling expert” on their programme Escape to the Country.  Our task was to show an active family who wanted to move to Shropshire, all the great cycling in the county.  Its the reason why we moved here to set up our cycling holiday business; quiet traffic free lanes, great scenery, and great food.

“The Quietest cycle tour under the Sun”

We spent a whole day filming last summer … at our base Petchfield Farm and along the route of our most popular cycling holiday “The Quietest Cycle Tour under the Sun.  We filmed at Burrington Bridge, Hopton Castle, Clun and Clun Valley and Ludlow.  The clips shown on the  Escape to the Country programme, broadcast for the first time yesterday (16 May 2017).  Great views, great cycling, castles and they even managed to fit in tea & cake at the Green Cafe in Ludlow.  all the best elements of our cycling holiday. You can watch it on i-player and it will be repeated in future.


Alistair Appleton and Jules Hudson

Were filming in different parts of the Shropshire whilst we were filming the cycling.  We thought that the programme was to be broadcast with Jules Hudson having a go at Blacksmithing at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm (so we have lots of photos of this) but actually – the programme went out with  Alistair Appleton inspecting the new biomass boiler at Attingham Park.  Both places can be visited on our Shropshire Castles Cycling holiday.

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Stokesay court leaflet swap shop for Shropshire hills stunning location

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Herefordshire gardens springing into action..Visit on our #gardens #cyclingholiday

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#berringtonhall art installation, visit on our #herefordshire #cyclingholidays gives a whole new meaning to dinner party discussion

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Changing Wheely Wonderful Cycling’s website

We’re just changing over our cycling holiday website – to a brand new mobile friendly site – please bear with us..if you don’t get through to us straight away over the next couple of days.

Ring us on 01568 770755

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We’ll get back to you as quickly as we can

Here’s a sneak preview of the new website…then all I’ve got to do is update this blog!


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The Times 28 January 2017 – cycle from Ludlow to Presteigne, 2 day route of 35 miles from Wheely Wonderful Cycling


The Times Travel section  0f 28 January featured our “Easy cycle tour to Wales”   from  Ludlow to Presteigne 2-day route of 35 miles.

Here are the details of this weekend cycling holiday, and  you can see all all the information on this link to our website 

Its a great cycle tour – lots of history, great views and cycling on quiet country lanes…and you visit two countries in one weekend.

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Welsh Place names

Just found this rather dry sounding report on twitter

it is actually a fascinating insight to the welsh language and place names – and if you are exploring #Wales by bike – its essential reading. Get out your #OSmap and find out what that name on the map actually means. The word cloud below shows all the different word in the Welsh language for slopes, hills and mountains – definitely rivalling the Inuit for their legendary 50 words to describe snow.


On all our Welsh Cycling holidays, we provide you with an OS map and a brief guide to welsh place names – it helps you understand the terrain you are cycling through – you may not be able to pronounce it – but you can understand it!



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