Shropshire is well known for its hills, ancient woodlands and charming villages – and the Shropshire Hills, which cover almost a quarter of the county, is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. With such a diverse and stunning landscape, there are fantastic walks in the great outdoors to suit walkers of all abilities.
From some of the best walks in Shropshire to discovering events such as the Shrewsbury Folk Festival, the Old Hall is ideally placed to start your adventure.
Shropshire Hills walks and walks around Shrewsbury
There is an extensive range of walking opportunities directly accessible from the Old Hall and further afield throughout Shropshire.
Views from the top of The Wrekin are not be missed, with varying ability routes to the top or on the lower slopes through the glorious woods.
A five-minute drive away is Wenlock Edge − a narrow limestone escarpment that runs 18 miles from Craven Arms to Ironbridge. Walking along Wenlock Edge, you'll spy the remnants of industrial use, including old quarries, and there are footpaths and bridleways to enjoy.
There are several circular woodland walks in Wenlock Edge, including the Jenny Wind walk and Major's Leap walk, which offer far-reaching views.
South of the county, there are endless walking and hiking opportunities through valleys or up and down the South Shropshire Hills. Designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Shropshire Hills has walks for every level of walker, from gentle strolls to hill-walking and hiking trails.
The north of Shropshire features The Mere, an award-winning park, lake and gardens. This is a great place for a wander and the chance to enjoy a slice of cake at The Boathouse bar and cafe. There are plenty of canal routes to follow nearby, too.
To the west of the county is Rodney's Pillar, a landmark boasting views of the River Severn and Offa's Dyke. Reaching the summit provides the ideal perch for far-reaching views across Shrewsbury and beyond Welshpool into Wales.
Offa's Dyke has its midpoint as it passes through Shropshire, as well as some of the most challenging walks through the Shropshire hills.
Events in Shrewsbury and Shropshire
Shrewsbury Food Festival
A festival dedicated to the culinary arts, the Shrewsbury Food Festival takes place every year towards the end of June. Delight your tastebuds with lip-smacking treats from local and artisan vendors. The festival also features children's entertainment, live music and cooking demonstrations. The perfect day-out for foodies and families.
Shrewsbury Folk Festival
Four days of music, fun and friends, the Shrewsbury Folk Festival is held over the last weekend of August, celebrating all things folk. Family-friendly and dog-friendly, the Folk Festival features popular folk musicians and tempting food and drink. Easily reached from the Old Hall, it's a wonderful late summer festival.
Ludlow Food and Drink Festival
Shropshire is the place to be for food fanatics. Held over a weekend in September, the Ludlow Food and Drink Festival showcases local food and drink produce. There's an array of exhibitors at the festival – from cheesemongers and baristas to winemakers and butchers – all with tempting fayre to sample.
In Shropshire and Shrewsbury, it's almost impossible to be stuck for something to do. There is a range of other activities to enjoy, from horse riding and wine tasting to canoeing and pottery classes. Feel free to ask us for personalised recommendations to suit you or if there is something you're particularly interested in.
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