Saturday sees Tour d’Arts Alive’s charity cycle challenge that starts and finishes in Clun. This year the event coincides with Clun Open Gardens, giving friends and family of participating cyclists a good reason to join them on a jolly day out.

This year the Tour features four new routes, ranging from a relaxed 12 miler to a hard core 90 mile challenge, the toughest sportive in Shropshire! With the alternative 45 and 60 mile routes there’s something for everyone. Entrants so far include visitors coming from as far afield as St Ives and Leicester.

Cyclists enjoy a warm welcome with live music from the Bishops Castle Community Band on return to Clun, and a unique edible medal! There are friendly village hall food stops on the three longer routes.

Clun Open Gardens has been running for 34 years and this year visitors can enjoy exploring 16 spectacular gardens, ranging from a small courtyard garden to larger spacious gardens both in and out of the town. Any short route cyclists or the super fit will be back in time to enjoy the blooms.

The Tour d’Arts Alive is organised by a partnership between cycling event company Rideventures and the charity Arts Alive and Flicks in the Sticks, that brings professional live performances, big screen films and live satellite screenings to communities all over Shropshire and Herefordshire.