All Walking and Cycling

Walking Offa's Dyke
Offa’s Dyke long distance footpath

Oswestry and the Borderlands are a magnet for walkers and cyclists and the whole area offers amazing choices for both walking and cycling, you will not be disappointed when you visit Oswestry- where Shropshire meets Wales.

Being on the border was at one time a serious challenge to remain in England or Wales but now, with border conflicts long resolved, Offa’s Dyke is all that remains of the bad old days. Not only Offa’s Dyke but also Wat’s Dyke, The Shropshire Way and Oswald’s Way all put in an appearance around Oswestry and whether you prefer to amble or stroll, hike or climb, the terrain will not disappoint you. The walk up to Rodney’s Pillar is especially popular with local walkers.

Oswald’s Trail will take you on a journey through time where you will go past the spectacular earthworks of the iron age hill fort, to the more recent industrial landscape in the form of lime workings at Morda, to the 17th century aristocrat’s racecourse, defunct for 200 years; past a secret garden, through 2 estates of the landed gentry with Brogyntyn offering views of a medieval castle earthwork. Not only an interesting walk, but one offering spectacular views and a chance to stop and sample the wares Oswestry has to offer. Oswald’s Trail is 12.6 miles, but can be done in bite sized pieces.   It can be purchased in the tourist information shop or downloaded from the Rambler’s website under

http://www.ramblers.org.uk/go-walking/group-finder/areas/shropshire/groups/the-oswestry-group/oswalds-trail-walking-route-around-oswestry.aspx

For those who want more of a challenge, the Oswestry Round is a 33 mile circular walk around Oswestry. This walk offers a 17 mile hill walk challenge with the reward of wonderful views, and a 16 mile easy walk along our industrial heritage that is the canal system. This walk can be done in small stages too as described in the booklet, again available to purchase, details of which can be found on this link http://www.oswestryround.co.uk/ .

Nearby is the Nesscliffe Hill Country Park where you can climb to Oliver’s point which will give you a great view of Rodney’s pillar not far away. Nobody knows who Oliver was, but Admiral Lord Rodney was a commander in Lord Nelson’s navy and much of the oak that went into building navy ships came from his lands around here.  The Breiddon Hills are well worth a visit and you can walk up to Rodney’s Pillar, mostly on a track with a gentle gradient until you get to the last 250metres which is steeper. Back at Nesscliffe, it is well worth your while crossing over to The Cliffe where you can walk along a sandstone ridge with panoramic views into east Shropshire. For more details of these and other short walks please visit shropshiresgreatoutdoors.co.uk/ .

Cyclists bring your bike or maybe hire one, you too will be spoilt for choice – gentle routes along picturesque canal towpaths transform to challenging mountain bike routes as you head down the valleys into Wales.

For suggestions for itineraries for walks in and around Oswestry, including dog friendly walks without stiles – click here.

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