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    Located adjacent and to the east of the Welsh border, the English county of Shropshire is one of the most rural and sparsely populated counties in England. Landlocked, it is also England’s largest inland county. The landscape is one of patchworked fields, wooded valleys, watery meres, bold escarpments and proud hill forts, together with elegant rolling hills, leading into the rugged Welsh mountains.

    Things to do in Shropshire
    The intricate network of canals and pathways that criss-cross the county include the Shropshire Union Canal and the Llangollen Canal. Over 46 miles of canals cover north Shropshire, taking in the towns of Ellesmere, Market Drayton and Whitchurch. At Lower Frankton, the Llangollen Canal is joined by the 35-mile long Montgomery Canal. As with other stretches of canal and waterway, the surrounding towpaths and watersides here act as unofficial nature reserves, encouraging all kinds of wildlife, whilst the route of the canals themselves not only attract narrowboat enthusiasts and canoeists, but also fishermen, walkers, cyclists and photographers.

    The Shropshire Hills also offer walkers some unparalleled vistas and countryside. Shrewsbury was awarded ‘cycling town’ status in 2008, together with substantial grant funding to further improve local cycling facilities. The Shropshire Way is a long-distance footpath which runs for almost 140 miles in a large loop around the county. To the west, Offas Dyke marks the ancient border with Wales, and is now a popular long-distance path strewn with the remains of the Marcher Castles.

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    Shrewsbury - The county town, Shrewsbury, is noted for its particularly fine architecture, and a largely unaltered mediaeval street plan, which makes it a highly attractive destination for visitors. The River Severn is a key element in Shrewsbury, and the town has a total of nine bridges which cross the River Severn and sometimes the Rea Brook; two of the bridges - known respectively as the ‘English’ bridge and the ‘Welsh’ bridge - help to underline the extent to which the town has been the scene of many territorial conflicts over the years; the Welsh bridge covers a crossing point that has been utilised since the 12th century; on the bank close by, the dramatic and modern Darwin-dedicated ‘Quantum Leap’ sculpture has been designed to symbolize the scientist’s ground-breaking ideas and the impact of his work, and is an iconic structure which has been interpreted by many as representing part of a DNA double helix, although for others it also echoes the skeleton of a dinosaur. It was created to mark the bicentenary of the birth of the town’s most famous son in 2009. Meanwhile, to the west of the town, Rodney's Pillar, set on the top of Breidden Hill, a rocky outcrop on the east bank of the River Severn, commemorates an 18th century naval hero and his successful naval fleet, with many of the triumphant ships built in Bristol from local Montgomeryshire wood.

    Bridgnorth - With two distinctive areas – the ‘High Town’ and the ‘Low Town’ – joined by the steepest funicular railway in Britain, the now relatively quiet town of Bridgnorth was once a highly prosperous settlement – the Low Town, a thriving port on the banks of the River Severn, the High Town, the location of a fine castle, churches and elegant 16th and 17th century mansions. Today, the ruins of Bridgnorth Castle lean precariously, mainly due to damage inflicted to the walls during the English Civil War.

    Ludlow - Food is a central preoccupation in Ludlow; with speciality food shops, food fairs, markets and restaurants all over the town. This pretty market town is also home to almost 500 listed buildings, many of them mediaeval or Tudor half-timbered, and the mediaeval town walls here are also worthy of note.

    Caer Caradoc - This impressive 1,506 ft hill to the east of the Long Mynd dominates the local landscape and is the site of an ancient hill fort which is thought to have been the stronghold of a pre-Roman tribe. It is on the route of several popular local walks, which give panoramic views across south Shropshire.

    Much Wenlock - A quintessentially English town, Much Wenlock retains much of the feel of an ancient historic village. Nearby, Wenlock Edge is a distinctive geological feature, a limestone escarpment which runs for approximately 15 miles and is largely covered and protected by deciduous woodland.

    Oswestry - A ‘frontier town’ close to the Welsh border, its strategic position giving it an often turbulent history, Oswestry is now a bustling modern community. Today it offers visitors a fine mixture of historic buildings and architectural styles. Offa’s Dyke, the ancient earthwork and border with Wales, runs nearby to the west. Whittington Castle is another nearby attraction and is unique, being the only castle in the UK to be owned and managed by a community of local residents. Some legends link the castle to the stories associated with the Holy Grail.

    Ellesmere - A pretty market town with mediaeval streets and Georgian houses, Ellesmere takes its name from the Ancient Britons settlement on the edge of an amazing glacial mere. The Mere is the largest of some nine glacial meres in the area and is still seen as a key local leisure amenity, whether for boating, fishing or bird watching.

    Whitchurch - A bustling market town, founded by the Romans and now on the route of the Llangollen Canal and a superb flight of staircase locks, Whitchurch has some splendid historic buildings and a number of long-distance walking routes to help familiarise new visitors with some of the most important aspects of the local history.

    Telford and The Wrekin - The Wrekin is one of the most notable of all landmarks in the county, and can be seen from miles around, and across into the Black Country and Staffordshire. The hill rises to 1,113 ft above the Shropshire Plain, dominating the landscape around Telford and Ironbridge, and has as its origins an extinct volcanic hill. On a clear day, from the top of the Wrekin it is said that fifteen counties are visible. The lack of an accessible road route over the top of the hill means that everyone has to ‘go round the Wrekin’. Located not far from the Wrekin, Telford is the largest town in Shropshire; named after the renowned civil engineer Thomas Telford, it is one of the so-called ‘new towns’ built during the 1960s and 70s. 

    Ironbridge - Ironbridge Gorge is an UNESCO World Heritage Site, which encompasses Coalbrookdale and Ironbridge. Ironbridge itself is seen as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution some 300 years ago. In addition to being the site of the first ever cast iron bridge, Ironbridge is now home to a total of ten museums, which are spread along the banks of the River Severn, making it a quite unique place to visit, and an excellent excuse for a day out.

    Coalbrookdale - The second village in the Ironbridge Gorge, Coalbrookdale is also a place of great significance in the history of the Industrial Revolution – and specifically in relation to iron ore smelting, as it was here that easily-mined ‘coking coal’ was first used to produce a superior quality of iron. Home to the Ironbridge Institute, Coalbrookdale holds a unique place in the history of industrial development.

     


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    photo of Corfton View , Corfton, Craven Arms, Shropshire
    This is a beautiful example of a half timbered house with open aspect to the rear, overlooking the Shropshire countryside and the spot where Corfton Castle used to stand. The good-sized kitchen area has French windows at ...
    Bedrooms: 4
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    photo of Honeysuckle Cottage , Minsterley, near Shrewsbury, Shropshire
    Built in the 1850s, this semi-detached holiday cottage has been upgraded and is located on the outskirts of Minsterley with its own gardens and countryside views. Walking, fishing, horse riding and a number of NT ...
    Bedrooms: 3
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    photo of Windy Mundy Farm , Pitchford, near Shrewsbury, Shropshire
    Peacefully situated within the extensive grounds of the Pitchford Estate, these three properties offer superb holiday accommodation. Windy Mundy Farm (RNG) has been converted from an 18th-century threshing barn and deer ...
    Bedrooms: 8
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    photo of Upper Stanbatch Cottage , Wentnor, near Bishops Castle, Shropshire, Church Stretton
    This 19th century cottage at the head of a valley on the slopes of the Long Mynd, is accessed via a steep track. In a secluded setting it adjoins acres of NT land, within an AONB and SSSI with wonderful views and ...
    Bedrooms: 3
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    photo of Cow Shed , Ludlow, Shropshire
    Nestling at the bottom of Clee Hill in the rural hamlet of Bitterley, the Cow Shed is a detached, single-storey converted barn on a 'mixed' working farm. This beautifully presented holiday property has wonderful views over ...
    Bedrooms: 2
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    photo of Yeomans Cottage , Kempton, near Bishops Castle, Shropshire
    Tucked away in the sleepy hamlet of Kempton in the heart of the Shropshire Hills, an Area of Natural Beauty and close to Clun, Bishops Castle, Craven Arms and Ludlow, this beautiful, detached holiday cottage is full of ...
    Bedrooms: 3
    Sleeps Max: 6
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    photo of Dale Cottage , Coalbrookdale, near Ironbridge, Shropshire, Bridgnorth and Ironbridge
    Situated on the edge of Coalbrookdale, just a short walk from the River Severn and the centre of Ironbridge, this attractive detached holiday home benefits from a large sitting out area. This picturesque town, once at the ...
    Bedrooms: 3
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    photo of Woodbine Cottage , Little Hereford, near Ludlow, Herefordshire, Leominster
    Woodbine Cottage is a beautiful, 250-year-old half-timber holiday property. Originally part of the Easton Court estate, the house is steeped in character and history, from the bread oven and oil-fired Aga in the kitchen, ...
    Bedrooms: 5
    Sleeps Max: 8
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    photo of Garden Cottage , Shrewsbury, Shropshire
    Garden Cottage is just a short walk from the town centre of Shrewsbury, which is ideal for spending the day exploring its many listed buildings and enjoying its various outdoor activities nearby. Shrewsbury is one of ...
    Bedrooms: 3
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    photo of 1 Piccadilly , Trefonen, near Oswestry, Shropshire
    A beautiful, detached holiday property in an elevated setting overlooking the countryside, occupying a quiet position within the peaceful village of Trefonen. This stone-built cottage, featuring a welcoming wood-burning ...
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