Explore The Borderlands of Shropshire and Wales- days out around Oswestry, what to see and do.
The busy market town of Oswestry is not only surrounded by beautiful borderland scenery but also a fascinating mix of places to visit and attractions to enjoy.You will never be bored on the borders- take a tour and whichever side of the border you find yourself, you won’t be far away from views that will make you stand and stare.
Every day of your visit can take a different direction but begin your visit at Old Oswestry, one of the best iron Age Hill Forts in Britain. Stroll around the top to really appreciate the extraordinary landscape that has made Oswestry’s location so special.
The Unesco World Heritage Site of Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal is close by, and on the way you could stop at the National Trust’s Marcher castle at Chirk or wander down the Ceiriog valley. Whittington’s own castle is even closer (remember the tales about Dick Whittington, Lord Mayor of London?) and the award winning Park Hall Countryside Experience is a wonderful family friendly farm attraction nearby. Stroll around the meres at Ellesmere – formed in the ice age, they are known as Shropshire’s Lakeland.
Head over towards Shrewsbury, Shropshire’s county town and Charles Darwin’s birthplace and don’t miss The British Ironworks sculpture park as you leave Oswestry. You could make a detour to climb up to Kynaston’s cave – the lair of Shropshire’s most famous and, possibly, only highwayman!
South from Oswestry will take you to the border village of Llanymynech with the old Lime Works and on to another National Trust property – Powis Castle at Welshpool. Drift along the glorious Tanat Valley and find yourself at Llanrhaeadr to wonder at its waterfall or a scenic drive around Lake Vyrnwy could be a perfect day out.
Whichever direction you choose, you will love what you discover.
Explore Oswestry and the Borderlands – where Shropshire meets Wales
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