Explore Shropshire without a car
Shropshire is a beautiful county. Why not relax and enjoy the scenery on a car-free day out?
This website provides information on how to get around by bus, train, bicycle and on foot, and below are ideas for leisure activities in Shropshire which can be reached without using a car.
Days out by train
Two of Shropshire's most popular destinations, Ludlow and Shrewsbury are easily accessible by rail. There's loads to see and do in both towns, including exploring castles, boutique shops, Tudor buildings and riverside walks, as well as regular special markets and festivals and entertainment at venues like Theatre Severn and Ludlow Assembly Rooms. Find train travel information with National Rail Enquiries.
Other popular destinations accessible by rail include:
Combine a rail trip with a walk or cycle ride
Days out by bus
Shropshire Hills Shuttles
The Shropshire Hills Shuttles are seasonal shuttle buses which run between great walking hubs and attractions in the Shropshire Hills including:
You can request where the bus stops along the route, and hop on and off the buses to fully explore the stunning Shropshire Hills. The Shropshire Hills Shuttles website has suggestions for walks you can do from points along the shuttle bus routes.
Timetabled bus services
Use a regular bus service to visit towns not served by rail. You could try:
Find a bus time.
Days out by bicycle
There are cyclle leaflets available for most of the towns in Shropshire in our market towns series with suggestions for circular cycle rides from 5-30 miles from the town centre.
- From the Shrewsbury leaflet: cycle to Attingham park. the National Trust give free entry to the grounds if you arrive by bike.
- From the Ludlow leaflet: cycle to Ludlow Racecourse to enjoy a day out at the races!
- From the Bishop's Castle leaflet: Cycle to Clun to see the ruins of Clun Castle.
Looking for a nice family ride?
Try one of the routes in our Family-friendly Rides series, or combine a cycle ride on the traffic free section of the Mercian Way with a steam train ride on the Severn Valley Railway.
Days out walking
Use the Shropshire walking website to search hundreds of walk suggestions. Many can be started in local towns or tied in with public transport, such as the Shropshire Hills Shuttles.
- Walking with with Offa - twelve suggested walks from pubs, and guides to days out and walks in Bishop's Castle, Craven Arms, Church Stretton and Ludlow.
- Shropshire Countryside sites - take a walk in one of Shropshire's countryside sites. For example, The Mere at Ellesmere, Rectory Wood near Church Stretton, Onny Meadows in Craven Arms and Reabrook Valley in Shrewsbury are within easy walking distance of the town centre.
- Eight car free walks along the Shropshire Way are accessible by bus and train
There's so much amazing countryside to visit in Shropshire that a day's walking is not enough! Why not visit on a walking holiday?
Special days out and events
Don'f forget to check our events listing for ideas on days out. We run regular guided bike rides, including women's rides around Shrewsbury.
A number of Shropshire towns have walking festivals. A list of these and other walking events is available on the Shropshire walking website.