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Shropshire
Shropshire

Places to Visit

Shropshire

Those Blue Remembered Hills

Perhaps nowhere else in England will you find a county so deeply rural and with so much variety as Shropshire. Choose a clear day, climb to the top of The Wrekin, and look down on that ‘land of lost content’ so wistfully evoked by A E Housman. Peer through your binoculars and trace the course of Britain’s longest river as the Severn sweeps through the county, from the Breidden Hills to Wyre Forest, slicing Shropshire in two. To the north is a patchwork of dairy fields, hedgerows, copses and crops, broken at intervals by rugged sandstone ridges such as Grinshill or Nesscliffe, and dissected by a complex network of canals.

On Wenlock Edge
Spilling over the border into neighbouring Cheshire and North Wales is the unique meres and mosses country, with serenely smooth lakes glinting silver, interspersed with russet-tinged expanses of alder-fringed peat bog, where only the cry of the curlew disturbs the silence. South of the Severn lies the Shropshire Hills AONB. It’s only when you walk Wenlock Edge that you fully discover what a magical place it is – glorious woods and unexpectedly steep slopes plunge to innumerable secret valleys, meadows, streams and farmhouses, all tucked away, invisible from the outside world.

Recommended in Shropshire

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Goldstone Hall

This family-run and sympathetically refurbished hotel is a home from home, situated in extensive grounds.
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Porter House SY1

This fine property in the heart of town has individually styled rooms and food with an American twist.
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Crown Country Inn

The kitchen at the Crown Country Inn has a 'Local to Ludlow' policy, so expect delectable local produce.