Campaign launched to create cycling routes at Wenlock Edge

The routes will be created along Wenlock Edge. Photo: National Trust.
The routes will be created along Wenlock Edge. Photo: National Trust.

With cycling fever gripping the nation due to the Tour de France, the National Trust has announced plans for two new routes 6.5km and 12km in length, to take riders through beautiful Shropshire countryside.

Both routes will start from National Trust car parks and will pass through ancient woodland and along historic disused railway lines which used to take limestone to Ironbridge.

Wenlock Edge is already a popular location for walkers, runners and horse riders so this additional provision will ensure cyclists are also catered for with routes specifically tailored for them.

Visitor Experience and Conservation Manager, Emily Knight, said: “We have launched this fundraising campaign to introduce two off-road, way-marked family friendly cycle routes.

“As a charity, we depend on your generous support to help us carry out conservation work, and projects such as this, to improve our special places and make them more accessible.

“Your donations will support the surfacing of the cycle routes, waymarkers, an information board and a leaflet.”

Donations can be made via www.justgiving.co.uk/wenlockcycling or by texting EDGE51 followed by £5 or £10 to 70070. With this support, the National Trust can open up Wenlock Edge for more families to enjoy.