Shropshire, the overlooked county

This week we have been walking through beautiful Shropshire using the Severn Way and the Shropshire Way. It is a quiet county, a well-kept secret, as more than one local have remarked. They are pleased to let people drive through on their way to climb the peaks of Snowdonia. We began the week in the town of Bridgnorth with its steep ‘Cartway’ leading up and down from the river. Bridgnorth

The Iron Bridge
The Iron Bridge
seemed a busy bustling town. The market was thriving. The Severn Gorge became steeper, the further north we got until we reached Ironbridge. Captain Matthew Webb (whose bust in Dover was our starting point) learnt to swim in the River Severn at this point. It did not tempt us! The Ironbridge area was the cradle
The Wrekin
The Wrekin
of the Industrial Revolution in this country. Abraham Darby in Coalbrookdale (a dale just off the main Severn Gorge) was the first person to smelt iron using coal. There are many Museums in this part of the world and all are worth seeing especially Enginuity – a ‘hands on’ ‘try it out’ museum. The walk up Coalbrookdale besides the brook is beautiful. On the same day we climbed the Wrekin. This is a famous Shropshire landmark which rises steeply (and descends even more steeply) We decided to adjust the route to climb it and take in the view. As this was one of the ‘Saharan dust pollution’ days the visibility sadly was not what it should have been. We ended the walk at Wroxeter. You can find it on a road atlas south-east of Shrewsbury. Its main feature is a Roman City owned by English Heritage. The ruins are quite extensive and there is a re-constructed Roman villa staffed by people in Roman costume.
Shrewsbury is full of history. It is the birthplace of Charles
Charles Darwin
Charles Darwin
Darwin and hosts his statue outside the main library, which used to be the school he attended. The town has a ‘Darwin trail’ which takes you to all the notable places in his life. Shrewsbury Abbey, to the east of the town, at one time made a
Shrewsbury Abbey
Shrewsbury Abbey
bid to become a cathedral with its own diocese, but this was blocked by the then Bishop of Durham, Hensley Henson. The abbey has its own shop and a display of its history and is most welcoming to visitors. A final, somewhat cryptic remark is to make sure that you visit the ‘Treacle Mine’ in Wem. Especially if you have a sweet tooth.
As each week progresses, the number of encouraging people we meet grows. Thank you to Sula and George in Meole Brace for a good stay with them and hello to Val, Rene, Andrea dn Vince from Fishguard whom we met on the Wrekin. Also Marie who was out training on that very steep hill. Hello to Mary, Andy and Emma met at Wroxeter Roman city, Dave (on his bike in Clive), Heather met in Wem car park, Rebecca, Gordon and Audrey at the Wem Treacle Mine, Louise with Nikki and Christopher (hope the chicken pox is better!), and Class
Mrs Foster
Mrs Foster
4 of Whixall CE Primary school with their teacher Mrs Foster, Bob the vicar, Sue (OLM) and the helpers. Many thanks to Amanda who helped us greatly on the A49, Bec, who gave us cake and tea at Duckington Grange farm, Peter Davies who welcomed us with wine and a lovely quirky flat called The Retreat in Chester, Kirsty from Holiday Inn in Chester who was really helpful to us over parking, Craig, Ian, Lizzy, Sam and Gavin at the pub near Watergate in Chester. Thank you to you all – good to meet you.
Another thanks to Alison of Worcester who emailed me the link of the Worcester News where we made the front page last Thursday.
This week’s statistics
Total amount raised Online £625 Offline £1467.67 Total £2092.69
Miles walked this week 66 Total so far 395
Kissing gates 59
This week’s Scrabble Scores Nancy 3 John 2
Simnel cake (for Mothering Sunday) 1 piece
Wroxeter Roman city white wine 1 bottle

4 thoughts on “Shropshire, the overlooked county”

  1. Hi! So good to read your diary and the people you’re meeting, the places you’re seeing and the money you’re raising are inspirational. I lived in Shropshire for ten years and taught in Much Wenlock, about four miles from Ironbridge. It is indeed an overlooked county, but in some ways that’s lovely for the people who live there!!! The Long Mynd in Church Stretton, together with Cardingmill Valley are tourist attractions, however, as is, of course, Shrewsbury where I lived for several years. It is, particularly in the south, a very beautiful county indeed.

    I hope you are resting between walks, and having a really restorative time, and are finding ways through to God.

    Love from, Moira x

  2. Hope you had a great hike today … lovely to meet you both …Rawhead is my favourite run route on the Sandstone Trail … Hold onto your Dreams and Enjoy your journey … I will keep posted … may the sunshine and you raise lots of money too. Best Wishes Triathlete Jean 🙂 x

    1. Wow, a rapid response from you Jean looking at our website! Yes we had a great day – good to meet you. Nancy

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