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Shropshire Tasty Trail on New Terrain
13 Jan 2023

Tickets are now on sale for the Shropshire Festivals Tasty Trail at Ellesmere's historic Oteley Estate on Sunday, April 23rd 2023 with a new route planned through beautiful Shropshire countryside normally out of bounds to the public. Pictures by Lucy Rebecca Photography. 

The Shropshire Tasty Trail has embedded itself firmly into the annual calendar as a popular fresh air event - involving a good dose of exercise (7-8 mile walk) and the added attraction of three courses plus drinks as you walk! 

Now in its third year, it will take place at Ellesmere’s historic Oteley Estate on Sunday, April 23, taking in a new route through lush countryside and trails that are normally off limits to the public. The picturesque farming estate overlooks the mere - and you might also spot a Highland cow or two, with their long horns and shaggy coats. The estate has two stunning herds of native breeds of British cattle - Beef Shorthorn and Highland. 

Oteley Tasty Trail showing Highland Cattle

The three stop-offs on the way will see walkers provided with a starter, main course and dessert, showcasing the finest Shropshire produce, and washed down with local ale, cider and soft drinks.

There are 600 tickets - all with staggered start times and some slots already have limited availability. 

The Oteley estate is run by Ian and Clare Mainwaring, who also rear shorthorn and commercial cattle, sheep, and pigs. Their quality meat will feature in the day’s menu. The family’s private 10 acre garden will mark the finish line of the trail, where there will be refreshments, a licensed bar and music to celebrate completing the trail.

Walkers on the Shropshire Tasty Trail

Shropshire Festivals’ Director of Fun, Beth Heath, said: “Shropshire Tasty Trail combines three passions many of us have here in Shropshire - enjoying good food and drink, exploring new trails in the countryside and supporting local businesses. We want to showcase the beauty of Shropshire and some of the fabulous producers and performers who reside here! This is about leaving muddy footprints not carbon footprints, with our low food mile offering. 

“There will be free parking and dogs on leads are welcome, plus there will be live music along the way, to spur you on. Get tickets now for Shropshire Tasty Trail 2023 before they sell out!”

  • Shropshire Tasty Trail takes place on Sunday, April 23rd, 2023 at Oteley Estate, near Ellesmere. Tickets are £39.95 per person, which includes admittance to the walk, a three course meal along the trail, and a different alcoholic drink at each stop. To find out more and purchase tickets visit www.shropshiretastytrails.co.uk

People enjoying drinks on the tasty trail