The Border Tour launches from Bridgnorth heading south west through the countryside to arrive at Ludlow before taking in Offa’s Dyke and then progressing north via Oswestry to Chirk. This is a tour to explore the history of the Welsh Marches and take in the castles of the English / Welsh border.
Bridgnorth, two charming towns – High Town and Little Town either side of the River Severn, linked by a Victorian funicular, Bridgnorth Cliff Railway, and seven sets of ancient donkey steps. Enjoy the vista from the sandstone cliff tops, the flower filled quayside and explore the ancient cobbled Cartway street.
Pass through Burford, the southerly most point in Shropshire where the Teme and Ledwyche rivers meet. Check out Burford House, an 18th century country house.
A thriving market town with an historic centre on the cliffs above the River Teme, Ludlow is an excellent base for exploring the Welsh Marches or relaxing for a bite to eat – visit in September for the Ludlow Food & Drink Festival. Visit Ludlow Castle, St. Laurence’s Church or the racecourse.
Visit the “quietest place under the sun” to relax by the River Clun. A 15th century Packhorse Bridge joins the ancient town and Norman areas of Clun. Climb to Clun Castle to enjoy the views and take a picnic or sample afternoon tea in the Rocke Cottage Team Rooms.
The gateway to Wales and the Cambrian Coast, Welshpool is a delight of historic buildings, shops and eateries. Visit Powis Castle, or the Motte & Bailey design ruins of Domen Gastell, take a walk along The Montgomery Canal or visit Powysland Museum.
The frontier town of Oswestry is an ancient market town where the streets of English Walls, Welsh Walls and Horsemarket live on today. Explore the timber framed buildings, Heritage centre and Oswestry Castle, whilst slightly further afield are an Iron Age Fort and Offa’s Dyke.
The rivers Dee and Ceiriog meet at the border town of Chirk, where you will find the motte and bailey Chirk Castle at the entrance to the Ceiriog Valley. If you are feeling brave you can cross Thomas Telford’s Chirk Aqueduct 70 feet above the Llangollen canal.
You can walk the ancient woodland and hay meadows at the splendid Colemere, one of Shropshire’s finest, and look out for the numerous flowers and large variety of local wildlife. Perhaps take a canal walk to nearby Ellesmere – look out for kingfishers and otters!