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Getting To Shropshire

Shropshire Map

Shropshire is on the border of North Wales and is surrounded by Cheshire, Staffordshire, Herefordshire & Worcestershire. Shropshire is approximately 3 hours from London, an hour or so from Manchester and only 40 minutes from Birmingham.

By Car

Shropshire connects to the M6 and motorway network via the M54. The A49, A5, A53, A458 all make Shropshire easily accessible. Click here to use AA routefinder to plan your journey.

By Rail

Shropshire is linked by a regular main line rail service. For rail timetables, please phone 08457 48 49 50.

By Air

The nearest airports to Shropshire are located in Birmingham, Liverpool and Manchester and are all approximately an hour away. Birmingham and Manchester airports also connect to a mainline rail network.

By Bus and Coach

The National Express run coaches into many of the towns in Shropshire, please call 08705 808080. For details of Bus routes and times within the county, please call the Shropshire Traveline on 0870 6082608 or contact a Tourist Information Centre.

Severn Dee Travel and the Shropshire Shuttle Bus provides detailed information and assistance on travelling within Shropshire. Information is also obtainable from Travel Line Midlands.

By Bicycle

Regional Cycle route 31 is a 28 mile route that connects Oswestry, Gobowen, Ellesmere and Whitchurch. Shropshire County Council produce's a free route guide that can be obtained by contacting a Shropshire Tourist Information Centre.

National Cycle Route 81 is a leisurely 14 mile signed route from Shrewsbury Town Centre to Wellington following the scenic riverside path, a traffic-free bridleway and quiet country lanes.

Sections of National Cycle Route 45 in North Shropshire and the Severn Valley are also now open. In North Shropshire, there is a 33 mile signed route along quiet lanes linking Whitchurch, Press, Shawbury and Upton Magna. In the Severn Valley, a scenic 11 mile route between Bewdley and the Severn Valley Country Park at Alverley traffic free paths in the Wyre Forest, and quiet country lanes.

Further information about cycling, including cycle routes and cycle hire in Shropshire is available from the Shropshire Cycling website.

By Foot

A range of walking and cycle maps for South Shropshire is available by contacting The Secret Hills Discovery Centre.

By Water

Although Shropshire is inland, the county is well serviced by Britain's extensive waterways. The Shropshire Union Canal is Shropshire's main canal it runs from Ellesmere Port to Wolverhampton. A canal trip is an excellent way to see our lovely countryside.

Shropshire's other canals include the Montgomery canal and the Llangollen canal. Further information about all of these canals is available from British Waterways.

Also running in part through Shropshire's lush scenery is the famous meandering river Severn. Forming a loop around our county town of Shrewsbury a river trip on the crystal clear water is the perfect way to see the town.