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West Midlands

25th July - 7th August

The West Midlands region covers Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire.

 

The Heart of England has always been a booming economic centre, beginning with the wool trade in the Middle Ages which enriched Coventry, before becoming the pivot of the Industrial Revolution. Visit Ironbridge with its living museum re-creating the manufacturing powerhouse that began it all.  In 1986 the Ironbridge Gorge was designated a World Heritage Site, recognising the area’s unrivalled contribution to the birth of the Industrial Revolution in the 18th century; the impact of which is still felt across the world today.

 

Birmingham’s network of canals is a legacy of its industrial past, now attractive waterside locations for the city’s many cafes and bars. The Jewellery Quarter is steeped in tradition where over 200 workshops produce 40% of Britain’s jewellery.  If it’s something sweet that appeals, why not visit Bournville just outside the city. The Cadbury family relocated their growing chocolate business here in 1860 and built a model village for their workers around the factory. 

 

William Shakespeare who transformed the English language with his plays and verses hailed from here.  Step back into Elizabethan England when you visit Shakespeare’s homes at Stratford on Avon or explore the recreated Elizabethan gardens at Kenilworth Castle in Warwickshire. 

 

Across the counties, riders, walkers and cyclists enjoy long stretches of open countryside, with the hillier terrain of the Malvern Hills in Worcestershire, the Long Mynd, Wenlock Edge and Clee Hill in Shropshire and their commanding views. 

The Jack Mytton Way is roughly horse-shoe shaped and runs from the Welsh borders to Wyre Forest, almost 150km (100 miles) long.  Some of our Relay riders will be travelling sections of the Way.

Georgia Massey - Cannock Chase Staffs 3.
Clare Gabriel - Looking towards Malvern

Useful local information

West Midlands Growth Company - tourism website www.wmgrowth.com

Visit Herefordshire www.visitherefordshire.co.uk

Visit Shropshire www.visitshropshire.co.uk

Enjoy Staffordshire www.enjoystaffordshire.com

Visit Warwickshire www.visit.warwickshire.gov.uk

Visit Worcestershire www.visitworcestershire.org

Visit Birmingham www.visitbirmingham.com

Visit England - Things to do in the West Midlands Places to Visit in the West Midlands | VisitEngland

Coalbrookedale – home of The Industrial Revolution:  www.ironbridge.org.uk

Bournville Chocolate Factory:  www.cadburyworld.co.uk

Birmingham Sea Life Centre:  www.visitsealife.com/birmingham

Jack Mytton Way.  www.shropshiresgreatoutdoors.co.uk/horse-riding/jack-mytton-way

Cannock Chase AONB www.cannock-chase.co.uk

Cannock Chase Trekking Centre www.cannockchasehorsetrekking.com

Long Mynd Bridleways Association (Shropshire) https://www.facebook.com/groups/longmyndbridleways

More information and some fun facts

  • Birmingham has over 5 million trees and more parks than any other European city

  • J R R Tolkien, author of Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit spent his childhood in the village of Sarehole, Birmingham and was said to have based The Shire (home of Bilbo Baggins in the book The Hobbit) on the tiny village

  • The worlds first Odeon cinema opened in Birmingham in 1930

  • Birmingham has 22 more miles of canals than Venice and Staffordshire has more canals than any other county in England

  • Charles Darwin is Shrewsbury’s most famous son and was recently voted as one of the greatest Britons. The naturalist and author of “The Origin of Species” was born in Shrewsbury on 12 February 1809

  • Shropshire is a rare county in that it doesn't contain a single city

  • The famous car chase scene in the film The Italian job was filmed in Stoke Aldermoor, Coventry

  • Coventry is The City of Culture 2021

  • Shropshire is home to 32 castles and 25 hillforts

  • The first-ever modern day Olympic Games were held in Shropshire, in Much Wenlock 

Horses4Health organised rides and events

Shropshire Rides - 22nd July - 28th July 2021

Please e-mail info@horses4health.co.uk if you would like to book onto any of these rides. Minimum suggested sponsorship £15 per ride.

See Excel spreadsheet for more information.

Thursday 22nd July 2021 - Llanfair Waterdine - Clun / 8 miles

Friday 23rd July 2021 - Clun - Plowden / 9 miles

Saturday 24th July 2021 - Plowden - Roman Bank / 16 miles

Sunday 25th July 2021 - Roman Bank - Much Wenlock (RDA Cavalier Centre) / 9 miles

Monday 26th July 2021 - Much Wenlock - Chelmarsh / 17 miles

Tuesday 27th July 2021 - Chelmarsh - Cleobury Mortimer / 15 miles

Wednesday 28th July 2021 - Cleobury Mortimer to Stockton on Teme (t.b.c) / 8 miles

More rides and events coming soon!

Local events and rides during the Relay

Please note, the below rides are not organised by Horses4Health and are just a selection of events on in the area.

 

Sunday 6th June 2021 - Burwarten Fun Ride, WV16 6QQ

More information and booking at www.horse-events.co.uk

Local riding routes

See below for some riding routes in the local area. Click on the images to open up a PDF with more information about the route.

The Jack Mytton Way

100 miles of spectacular countryside and some fantastic circular rides using rural byways, bridleways and quiet country lanes. Open to horse riders, cyclists and walkers. Click the link below for more information and to see the routes.

Jack Mytton Way | Shropshire's Great Outdoors (shropshiresgreatoutdoors.co.uk)

Jack Mytton Way leaflet

Wyre Way riding routes - Click on the image below to expand

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