National cycle route 455 - Oswestry, Ellesmere and Whitchurch


Cyclists by the Mere in EllesmereEnjoy the beautiful countryside, historical sites and abundant nature as you cycle along peaceful, scenic lanes through north Shropshire.


Formerly known as Regional Cycle Route 31.

The name of this route changed in the summer of 2013. The signs are in the process of being changed, therefore you may need to follow signs for regional route 31. 


The route

A leaflet with a detailed map of the 28 mile route is available from local tourist information centres and local tourist information centres and libraries. Alternatively you can download or order a copy of the leaflet.


Links to other routes on the National Cycle Network (NCN)

Between Welsh End and Whitchurch route 455 runs parallel with NCN route 45, the Mercian Way. Why not follow this route which links with the historic towns of Ironbridge to the south or Chester to the north?


Looking for a shorter route in this area?

The Market Towns Cycle Rides series includes leaflets describing shorter, circular routes from Oswestry, Ellesmere, Wem and Whitchurch.

Interactive cycle map

Attractions along national cycle route 455

  • Transport Museum, Oswestry: museum exhibiting memorabilia of the Cambrian Railway.
  • Park Hall Countryside Experience: combines past and present farming life with vintage machinery, children's activities and woodland adventure.
  • Wat's Dyke: north of Oswestry route 455 follows the line of Wat's Dyke, built by the Mercians in 600AD to delineate their border with Wales.
  • Old Oswestry Hill Fort: the most impressive Iron Age hillfort on the Welsh Borders, covering 40 acres, with formidable multiple ramparts.
  • Whittington Castle: ruins of a castle which date back to the 12th Century; the moat is now a duck pond.
  • Meres and Mosses, Ellesmere: beautiful nature reserves and countryside to explore around Ellesmere. The meres are wetlands formed by glaciation; the mosses are lowland raised bogs.
  • The mere at Ellesmere: visit the visitor centre, restaurant, gift shop and gardens.
  • Llangollen Canal boat hire, Blackwater Meadow Marina, Ellesmere: hire a canal boat and take a leisurely trip down the canal. Visit Waterscape for information about cycling along the Llangollen canal.
  • Jubilee Park, Whitchurch: large park with a good view of the Whitchurch skyline.


Visitor information

There are visitor information centres in Oswestry, Ellesmere and Whitchurch. Visit Shropshire Tourism for suggestions for places to stay or refreshment stops along the route.

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