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*Fenn's, Whixall and Bettisfield Mosses Nature Reserve

'Straddling the English border, near Whitchurch in Shropshire and Wrexham in Wales, lies one of the biggest and best raised bogs in Britain. Its astonishingly varied wildlife makes it a place of international importance.'

Description from

Natural England

*Hawkstone Park
Size (acreage)100

'After years of neglect the magical landscape was lovingly restored and reopened in 1993. Parts of the park and the main walking routes contain several flights of steps, some natural ones carved into rock and some man made wooden ones – these can be slippery when wet.'

Description from

Hawkstone Park Follies

See also

Hawkstone Park [GPS Cycle & Walking Routes]

*Wellington - Walkers Are Welcome

'This page has been prepared by Wellington Walkers are Welcome Management Committee. This is an ad hoc group of interested local walkers. We are not a party political organisation; we have supporters of a range of political parties, and none, on our management committee who work effectively together. The inspiration for the group came from a combination of Wellington LA21 Group and Wellington Town Council without whose help this would not have been possible.'

*Whitchurch Walkers [Shropshire]

'Formed in 1976 by a group of local people interested in walking and the protection of local footpaths ... Whitchurch was granted "Walkers are Welcome" status in 2012 and became part of a national network of over 100 small towns and villages.'

Ellesmere Sculpture Trail
Distance (miles)3

'The Trail provides visitors with a free and gentle tour of Ellesmere (mostly accessible by wheelchair and pushchair) taking in the uniquely attractive settings of the mere, the historic castle fields and canal.'

Hope House Way
Distance (miles)345

Route 'devised to cover, as near as possible, all of the counties and areas served by Hope House Children’s Respite Hospice, a registered charity situated near Oswestry'.

The book The Hope House Way: a 335-mile Walk Around Shropshire, the Marches and Mid Wales for Hope House Children's Hospices by Mark Rowlands and published by the Rotary Club of Wrekin should be obtainable second-hand.

Maelor Way
Distance (miles)24

'Uses public footpaths, bridleways, quiet lanes and canal towpath to pass from Grindley Brook through unspoiled undulating countryside to Bronygarth in the shadow of Chirk Castle.'

Montgomery Canal Walk
Distance (miles)35

'Walking or cycling along the towpath is an excellent way to experience the peace and tranquility of this rural canal. This is also a popular canal for canoeing – paddling quietly through peaceful green surroundings is a great way to spot wildlife.'

See also

Montgomery Canal [Canal & River Trust] | Montgomery Canal [Wikipedia]

Oswestry Round
Distance (miles)33

'Delightful and challenging 33-mile route combining Offa’s Dyke Path and the Montgomery and Llangollen canals to form a circular walk around the border town of Oswestry. The guide book and annual challenge to complete the route are in support of Cancer Research UK and Lingen Davies Cancer Fund.'

South Cheshire Way
Distance (miles)34

'Waymarked long-distance footpath which starts in Grindley Brook, Shropshire, passes through Cheshire, and finishes at Mow Cop, Staffordshire ... It links the South ends of the Sandstone Trail and the Gritstone Trail.'

See also

South Cheshire Way [Richard Jarvis]

Way for the Millennium
Distance (miles)40

'Spans the width of the County for 65 kilometres from Newport in the west to Burton upon Trent in the east. Unlike the Staffordshire Way, the Way for the Millennium, which follows a disused railway line and canal towpaths for much of its length, has no steep gradients and is suitable for people of any age.'

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