A Wheely Wonderful way to explore the delights of Ludlow
One of the great joys of a visit to Ludlow and the beautiful surrounding countryside is to drop down a gear or two, relax and explore at your own pace. And the perfect way to do that is by bicycle. On two wheels, you can wend your way through the leafy lanes and narrow streets, stopping off wherever takes your fancy to soak up the sights, or simply take a well earned rest and refreshments.
Kay and Chris Dartnell recognised the potential of this sort of holiday nearly twenty years ago and set up Wheely Wonderful Cycling, based at Petchfield Farm in the lovely Teme Valley just outside Ludlow - and over two decades they have helped thousands of tourists to ‘get on their bikes’ and out and about around the area.
Both Kay and Chris are passionate about the county and cycling. "We think this area of Shropshire offers some of the best cycling in Europe; idyllic country lanes, with hardly any cars and great places to eat & drink...better even than France! Our unique cycling guides show cyclists all the best cycling routes and all those places you'd never come across in a car."
Ludlow itself is one of the prettiest English towns, with over 500 listed buildings in a medieval setting, with a famous castle and an enviable reputation for fine foods and drink (including two Michelin starred restaurants). And all around the town the Shropshire countryside spreads out, dotted with elegant country estates, quaint villages and a vast array of historic attractions.
One of Wheely Wonderful’s most popular short breaks provides the opportunity to cycle through some of these grand estates – including a visit to the imposing Stokesay Castle, the finest and best preserved fortified medieval manor house in England. It’s a chance to delve into hidden Corvedale, too, where the River Corve flows through rich pastures between Wenlock Edge and Brown Clee, passing Norman churches and enchanting deserted villages along the way. This break includes 2 nights in Ludlow and stops at the acclaimed Ludlow Food Centre where you can sample many other local flavours too.
Wheely Wonderful make this sort of relaxed and healthy holiday accessible to everyone, from children to empty nesters, and from novices to the most experienced cyclist. All you have to do is drive to the farm, park up and pick up the quality bikes provided – along with any other equipment required – and you’re on your way. All accommodation is arranged for you - to suit a variety of budgets – and your luggage is taken by Wheely Wonderful to your carefully selected hotel, inn, farmhouse or B&B each day. So you’re free and unburdened to saddle up and see the sights. Wheely Wonderful will provide you with a comprehensive range of route guides and maps, as well as their own handy guide of places to eat and drink along the way.
So when you’re planning your next break, think two wheels not four and prepare for a ‘wheely’ different holiday to remember.
Date Posted: 23rd September 2010