On a bike you see, hear & experience so much more than any other type of holiday…This is what you can experience on our Ludlow Country Estate Cycle tour…. come and try it for yourself.
Pick up your bike and cycle off…On your ride, you can stop & look for kingfishers & sand martins from the ancient stone bridges, have a drink in England’s only remaining parlour pub, lunch at a riverside inn, visit Hopton Castle & find out about its role in the English Civil War or take tea at Britain’s best tearoom. Cycle through the Downton estate, visit Bromfield church with a 17th century painted ceiling. Stop at Ludlow Food Centre for a coffee and to watch local artisan food producers, then finish your day with a fabulous off road ride through Oakly Park estate, past Clive of India’s former home and back to Ludlow, with great views of Ludlow Castle.
You stay in Ludlow, so in the evenings you can explore Ludlow – its is a medieval, fortified town dominated by its 900 year old Norman castle. Perched on a cliff above the River Teme, and surrounded by fantastic cycling countryside and woodlands. It is a thriving market town, with 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 from guided walks, an outstanding church, swimming pool & assembly room (films & live theatre). During the summer months Ludlow plays host to many special events including a two week arts festival with Shakespeare plays set in the Castle, and Britain’s best food festivals.
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 (35km) mile 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 you are cycling past! Or you can cycle along the Corve Valley and under the Clee to visit the romantic Norman Heath Chapel with its deserted village & cycle through the longest ford in Clee St Margaret.
Cycle to the lovely market town of Tenbury Wells with its old-fashioned teashops & recently restored Victorian Spa buildings. Then through orchards to Richards Castle, one of the first Norman castles built in this country….before 1066. Visit the grand National Trust house of Berrington Hall, with its ornate classical interiors and see how the servants lived too and Croft Castle, a castellated manor house, home to the Croft family for 1000 years.