Yesterday’s ride ended and today’s began in Telford Town Park as last nights accommodation was within the complex there. We rode out of the park and over a very modern railway bridge, quite the opposite to the many bridges in the Telford and Ironbridge area we had been crossing.

Telford Station Bridge

After riding along cycle paths running alongside busy main roads for about 8 miles, it became more pleasant when we returned to the quiet country lanes. In the Lilleshall area we saw this odd pair of sculptures.

Not sure what they are?

Soon after these we spotted the most amazing huge fields of giant colourful poppies. They went on almost as far as the eye could see.

Poppy seed heads the size of tennis balls!

We passed through Newport en route to Market Drayton and crossed the Shropshire Union Canal for the first time of many today.

Just before Market Drayton we found the perfect spot for our lunch. We had the place to ourselves!

Our ride today took us through many ancient villages such as Cheswardine, Norton in Hales and Audlem. We also cycled through a lovely sounding village called “Sound” ( earlier on our adventure we cycled through a village called “Hill” which was actually quite flat!)

As we approached Nantwich through grassy parkland we clocked up our 500th mile since leaving Land’s End! We then rode over the River Weaver to our B&B for 2 nights as it is rest day tomorrow!

Total distance today 41.5 miles

Total Hill Climbs today 1409 ft

A Different Shropshire Milestone