Market Drayton Circular Tour to Via Tern Hill and Hodnet

Market Drayton Circular Tour via Tern Hill and Hodnet

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A 16 mile cycle ride which will take you from the historic market town of Market Drayton
with its half timbered buildings and ancient market along country lanes and ‘B’ roads to help you to avoid traffic on a tarmac surface. You will cycle through the Shropshire
countryside via the village of Hodnet and Tern Hill Airfield, before returning to Market Drayton on a different route. Not too hilly a ride !!

Starting from Market Drayton Swimming Centre on the junction of Newport Road and
Pheonix Bank. Opposite the swimming Centre you will see Newtown Road (not Newport !), cycle along Newtown Road and after 150 yards TURN RIGHT on to Walkman Road and after 300 yards TURN LEFT along a lane which is sign posted for the Golf Club.

You continue to cycle along this road, keep bearing to your right and pass the golf club on the right hand side with the golf club on your left ,as you cycle along at this point you will be cycling up hill. After cycling along this road for about one and three quarters of a mile you come to a cross road junction with the A41. At the cross roads GO STRAIGHT ACROSS THE JUNCTION keeping to the road you have cycled along so far. At this point the road is called Warrant Road

You will cycle past Tern Hill Airfield on your right and continue along Warrant road
through the small village of Stoke Heath and on to the village of Stoke on Tern, which is about a mile and a quarter from the junction with the A41. Note:- Tern Hill Airfield was used as a base in both World 1 & 2 by the Royal Flying Corp and later by the RAF>

When you reach the centre of Stoke on Tern you come to a ‘T’ junction. At the junction TURN RIGHT in the direction of Hodnet. As you cycle out of the village you will pass the church on your right which is said it is where the ‘Shropshire Giant’ Thomas Dutton is buried who was 7’ 3’’ tall. Continue along the road for about half a mile and then TURN RIGHT opposite cotton Farm towards the village of Wollerton.

Continue along this road and go through the gates at the end of the road and cross the A53 ( be careful !) via the cycle track and cycle straight on for about half a mile to Wollerton. At Wollerton you will find places to get refreshments and Wollerton Old Hall a 16th century house and garden.

When you reach Wollerton the road bends sharply to the left and comes to a ‘T’ junction with Drayton Road. At the ‘T’ junction TURN LEFT towards the village of Hodnet. Now cycle three quarters of a mile to the centre of Hodnet and TURN LEFT along Shrewsbury Street and then after 200 yards TURN LEFT on to Station Road heading back towards Stoke on Tern. Follow the road over the A53 and on to Stoke on Tern. While in Hodnet you might like to visit Hodnet Hall with its hall and gardens. In the village you will find The Bear pub if you wanted some refreshments and the village has many black and white buildings making Hodnet one of Shropshires most beautiful villages.

At Stoke on Tern GO STRAIGHT ON THROUGH THE VILLAGE and after about three
quarters of a mile you come to a cross roads at the small village of Heathcote. At the junction TURN LEFT along Rosehill Road which takes you past the primary school and in the direction of the village Colehurst. Continue to cycle along Rosehill Road for about a mile and a half to the village of Colehurst, crossing over the A41 along the way. As cycle through the small village of Colehurst you will pass Old Colehurst Manor, a medieval manor house which was restored about 20 years ago and is occasionally open to the public.

At Colehurst TURN LEFT at the small cross roads and follow the lane around for about 500 yards where you come to a ‘T’ junction. At the junction TURN RIGHT along the country road which takes you down past the Golf Club and after about one and a half miles at Market Drayton you TURN RIGHT along Walkman and after a few hundred yards BEAR LEFT along Newtown Road which takes you back to the Swimming Centre, the start/ finish of your cycle ride.

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