Castle Connect

Ludlow . Knighton . Clun . Bishop’s Castle

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.

“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

Key Stops and Walks

  • Ludlow
    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.
  • Knighton
    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
    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


Castle Connect ROADSHOW 2015

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


Choose Castle Connect to take you to local Fairs and Festivals

You’ll have no traffic, parking or pay and display to worry about!