Shropshire connects to the M6 and motorway network via the M54. The A49, A5, A53, A458 all make Ludlow and the Shropshire Hills easily accessible. Click here to use AA routefinder to plan your journey.
The regular main line Manchester to Cardiff service calls at Church Stretton, Craven Arms and Ludlow www.nationalrail.co.uk.
The Heart of Wales line, one of the most scenic in Britain, stops at Church Stretton and Craven Arms www.heart-of-wales.co.uk.
Contact National Rail for further information 08457 48 49 50.
For organising travel to Shrewsbury or Ludlow, Omio is Europe’s first multi-mode travel search engine, the site allows you to compare and combine rail, coach and air travel to destinations across the UK and Europe.
Pay as you go car hire
The Co-wheels Shropshire car club enables you to travel to Ludlow or Shrewsbury by train but still have access to a car when you need it. Co-wheels have 2 cars in Ludlow and 3 cars in Shrewsbury parked just a few minutes’ walk from the stations. Simply join the car club as a visitor member and the book a car for as long as you need it – from an hour to a few days. It’s flexible, affordable and easy to use. For more information click here
By Bus and Coach
The National Express run coaches into many of the towns in Shropshire, please call 08705 808080.
The following regular bus services operate in the Shropshire Hills. For details on all these routes contact Traveline 0871 200 2233 or www.travelinemidlands.co.uk
- 435, Shrewsbury – Ludlow, 6-day bus service which stops in Church Stretton, Craven Arms and Ludlow.
- 553, Shrewsbury – Bishop’s Castle, 6-day bus service
- 292, Ludlow – Kidderminster, 7-day bus service which stops at Cleobury Mortimer
- 492, Ludlow – Hereford, 7-day bus service
- Ludlow Park & Ride operates Monday to Saturday into the town centre from the Eco Business Park just off the Ludlow By Pass.
Other bus services:
Shropshire Hills Shuttles
These are 16-seater mini-buses which operate every weekend and Bank Holidays from Easter until the end of September, providing easy access into the hills for walking, sightseeing, pub lunches, picnics and more. www.shropshirehillsshuttles.co.uk.
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.
Route 44 of the National Cycle Network is a 58 mile linear route which guides you from Shrewsbury, through the Shropshire Hills and into Bishop’s Castle, Craven Arms and Ludlow. From Ludlow it continues south into Herefordshire and onto the cathedral city of Hereford.