Shropshire

Border Tour

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Overview

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

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.

Burford

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.

Ludlow

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.

Clun

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.

Welshpool

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.

Oswestry

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.

Chirk

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.

Colemere

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!

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Overview

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Bridgnorth

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27.3 miles

Burford

3
9.3 miles

Ludlow

4
17.9 miles

Clun

5
18.1 miles

Welshpool

6
21.3 miles

Oswestry

7
6.1 miles

Chirk

8
11.4 miles

Colemere

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About the Border Tour Trail

Distance: 111 miles
Cites / Towns: 8
Number Of Businesses: 0

Head through the countryside from Bridgnorth to Ludlow before visiting the 13th century Stokesay Castle. Follow the English / Welsh border with a visit to best preserved section of Offa’s Dyke where you can stroll through the rolling landscape to take in the views before venturing on to the ruins of Clun Castle by the side of the River Clun. Stop a while to explore the nearby ruins of Wigmore Castle and red sandstone of Acton Burnell castle. Head on via Mitchell’s Fold, a bronze age stone circle, to arrive at the market town of Oswestry before taking in the 700 year old Chirck Castle and arriving in Colemere.

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Forts & Castles

Shropshire’s geographic position on the Welsh Marches means it became home to many castles and forts over the years . Visit The Bronze Age Mitchell’s Fold Stone Circle on Stapeley Hill, home of many a local legend. You’ll also discover Clun Castle, Stokesay Castle and Chirk Castle.

Border Line

Although the defensive purpose remains unclear Offa’s Dye is an earthwork built by King Offa of Mercia that roughly follows the English / Welsh Border. Take some time to explore the structure and walk along part of Britain’s National Trails to take in the panoramic views across the countryside.

Explore Towns

Visit medieval Oswestry and explore the mix of English and Welsh history, evident in the street and surrounding place names. Explore the woodlands, meadows and meres at Colemere before taking a walk along the Thomas Telford Shropshire Union Canal to neighbouring Ellesmere.