Whether you are into walking, shopping, castles or country pubs, this route has it all and more! And it’s a bigger bus than the other Shuttles with 33 seats! So take a look and start planning your weekends out.
This year the Castle Connect will run until Sunday 4th October to provide transport to the Clun Valley Beer Festival.
- Castle Connect Route Map
- Castle Connect timetable 2015
- Key Stops and Walks
- 2015 ROADSHOW - Saturday 18 April – meet the drivers and get help with planning your days out.
- 2015 Events – travel by Shuttle!
“I have enjoyed my season ticket and find it amazing value for money. I am not sure as to who will be driving next season but I would like to express my thanks to everyone involved in making each trip an enjoyable one.” 2013 feedback
With nearly 500 listed buildings, a Norman castle, original medieval streets and a lively market square there is plenty to keep the most enthusiastic visitor busy. Explore this stunning town using the town trail, enjoy a walk along the River Teme, take in the views from Whitcliffe Common and sample local produce in one of the many cafés and restaurants.
- Bromfield – from the bus stop you can walk to the Ludlow Food Centre and cafe for a spot of shopping and refreshments. There is also an enjoyable and easy 3-mile walk back to Ludlow, through the Earl of Plymouth’s Oakely Estate following the Shropshire Way. You get fantastic views of Ludlow Castle as you approach the town. Download walk directions here. Or explore the Teme Valley on a 7-mile walk to Leintwardine – download walk directions and map here.
- Leintwardine - The River Teme runs through this pretty village. The Sun Inn is a popular pub which hosts a number of events including a Beer Festival over the August Bank Holiday. It doesn’t serve food, but you can bring in fish and chips from the shop next door! The Lion Hotel is in the centre of the village and has a range of menu’s to choose from. You can also ask the Shuttle to stop outside the Jolly Frog Restaurant, which is on the edge of the village. Follow Walking with Offa (route 12) to Bucknell – a flat and easy 5-mile walk.
- Brampton Bryan – the Shuttle stops at the crossroads. Follow the sign and walk down the lane to the Aardvark Book Shop & Cafe, which serves a range of home made cakes and light lunches.
- Bucknell - the Shuttle stops at the Railway Station. The village store is across the road and there are two pubs in the village. Camping and accommodation available at the Baron at Bucknell and a number of Walking with Offa self-guided walks (route 9, 10, 11 & 12) start from here.
Or ‘Tref-y-Clawdd’, the ‘town on the Dyke’. Explore this beautiful border town with its half-timbered houses, and winding streets known locally as ‘The Narrows’. Follow the town trial to find out about Knighton’s rich history and make time to visit the Offa’s Dyke Visitor Centre which has lots of information on King Offa’s great 8th Century earthwork, and the 177 mile National Trail which follows it.
- Five Turnings – from here enjoy a 3-mile walk on the Offa’s Dyke National Trail to Knighton. Download walk directions and map here.
Clun gathers you in. It is a beautiful spot for a picnic by the river, or treat yourself to a pub lunch. At the heart of Clun stand the ruins of a medieval castle. Take time to explore; follow the heritage trail, enjoy a riverside ramble, visit the museum and browse the local craft and tea shops. Enjoy the Walking with Offa (route 7) circular 6-mile walk to Bury Ditches hillfort, or for a longer walk follow the Shropshire Way to Bishop’s Castle (12 miles).
- Bishop’s Castle
With two breweries, independent shops and gallery, two museums and great walks in every direction make sure you have enough time to enjoy all that’s on offer in this colourful country town. Try the Walking with Offa (route 6) circular 6.5-miles walk to Oakeley Mynd and Lydbury North. Self-guided town trails are available (£2) from the Town Hall Visitor Information Centre.
“I just wanted to say what a wonderful website you have. A friend suggested we take the Shuttle bus to Clun last Monday for the Green Man Fair. Owing to a misunderstanding with the driver as to where he would pick us up we missed the bus we had intended getting back to Ludlow and had to wait for the last one, but it was such a wonderful day, no matter. I never knew about this service and you have opened my eyes to so many possibilities – I have already downloaded 4 of your walks leaflets. I shall be keeping my eyes on your website for all the coming events. Thank you” 2013 feedback
The Castle Connect Shuttle bus will be at the following locations on Saturday 18 April. Come along to meet the driver, pick up your 2015 timetable and get help with planning your weekends out on the Castle Connect.
- 0945 – 1030 Ludlow, outside the Assembly Rooms
- 1100 – 1130 Leintwardine, Village Green
- 1145 – 1200 Bucknell, Railway station
- 1215 – 1300 Knighton, Community Centre / Offa’s Dyke Centre
- 1330 – 1400 Clun, river car park
- 1415 – 1445 Bishop’s Castle, bus stop opposite the Boar’s Head
You’ll have no traffic, parking or pay and display to worry about!
- 30th April-3rd May - Mojo Festival, Bishop’s Castle
- 1st-2nd May – Bishop’s Castle Music Day for Amnesty
- 1st-24th May – Bishop’s Castle Town Hall Walking Festival. www.bishopscastletownhall.co.uk
- 2nd-4th May – Clun Green Man Festival
- 2nd-17th May – The Past is Ourselves: Masterpiece Maps from the Marches. Selling exhibition of over 50 antique and unusual maps dating 1600-1900. Aardvark Books & Cafe. www.aardvark-books.com
- 9th-10th May – Bishop’s Castle May Fair
- 9th-10th May – Ludlow Food Spring Festival
- 25th May – Bank Holiday Brocante/Flea Market. French breakfast & live accordion music. Aardvark Books & Cafe. www.aardvark-books.com
- 30th May-7th June - Shropshire Hills Art Week
- 20th-21st June – Bishop’s Castle Midsummer Rejoicing
- 21st-22nd June – Clun Gardens Open
- 27th June-12th July - Fire & Ice: Iceland Seen and Unseen. Exhibition. Aardvark Books & Cafe. www.aardvark-books.com
- 5th July – Bishop’s Castle Carnival
- 10th-11th July – Bishop’s Castle Real Ale Trail
- 11th July - 8th Annual Mortimer Country Food Fair
- 18th July – Bishop’s Castle Party in the Park, 12 noon-10pm.
- 1st-16th August - Crossing the Border- art Exhibition. Aardvark Books & Cafe. www.aardvark-books.com
- 9th August – Ludlow Magnalonga
- 15th-16th August - English Civil War Society Re-enactment of the Siege of Brampton Bryan. Aardvark Books & Cafe. www.aardvark-books.com
- 23rd August – Ludlow Green Festival
- 31st August - Vide Grenier. Lots of stalls, bar and live music. Aardvark Books & Cafe. www.aardvark-books.com
- 11th-13th September – Ludlow Food Festival
- 12th-27th September - Aardvark Art Exhibition. Aardvark Books & Cafe. www.aardvark-books.com
- 12th September – National Heritage Open Day in Bishop’s Castle
- 2nd-4th October – Clun Valley Beer Festival