Bishops Castle to Bishops Castle

Bishops’ Castle – Clun – Bishop’s Castle -21 miles
You’ll be disappointed if you get to Bishop’s Castle and expect to see a some form of ancient
historical stronghold – whilst the town derives it’s name from the castle built by the bishop of Hereford, of the castle there is very little evidence. However, Bishop’s Castle itself is a quiet market town, with plenty of eating houses and pubs. Route has a few climbs and descents – but should easily be manageable to a reasonably fit rider.

The starting point for the route is the Community College and Leisure Centre which is at the south side of the town, along the Brampton Road.

Leave Leisure Centre and turn Right onto the Brampton Road.
At the junction go Straight across the A488 down road signposted Lyndbury North.

Follow the B4385 passing through Lydbury North (church on the left) then as you enter the village outskirts of Kempton, turn Right the village centre.

Follow road for a couple of hundred yards through Kempton and after passing over the River Kemp, bear Left to follow road south towards Purslow.

At the T junction at Purslow (Public House in village), turn Right onto the B4368 signed Clun

Follow the B4368 and after about 2 miles you pass through the village of Clunton and after a further 2.5 miles you come into Clun. In Clun there are plenty of pubs and coffee shops and has both a ruined medieval castle and an old bridge over the River Clun.

As you enter Clun, ignore the road which takes you over the old bridge over the River Clun and follow the road through the town centre and turn Right onto the A488.

Head North along A488 for about 500yards then take the road on the Left signposted Bicton.

As you enter Bicton carry straight on (signposted Bishop’s Castle). After a few hundred metre, turn Left onto road signposted Mainstone.

Just after passing over the River Unk, at the T junction, take the Left turn signposted Mainstone. After about 1.5 miles, ignore road on left and go Straight On following signs to Bishop’s Castle until you reach a 4-way cross roads.

At the cross roads, bear Right and continue to follow the road (Moat Hill) down towards Bishop’s Castle.

As you enter Bishop’s Castle, you hit a T junction. Turn Right signposted Town Centre down Welsh Street. At the next T junction turn Right onto the High Street and follow road down a steep hill through the town (Church Street) until you reach the Six Bells Inn at the bottom of the hill. Then simply turn Left onto Brampton Road back to the Leisure Centre

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