We are spoiled for choice living in Shrewsbury for great trips out into stunning Shropshire countryside. Katie Wilson gives some of her favourite outdoor destinations within a stone's throw of town. Pictured: The Dingle sunken garden in The Quarry, Shrewsbury's town park
Summer 2022 is fast approaching, and we know what that means – beach trips, summer holidays, BBQs and cool evening get-togethers.
So, in preparation for the loveable hectivity of those summer months we’ve put together a list of our five top summer spots for that much needed mental wellbeing reboot! Take time to reconnect mentally and look after yourself this summer.
Attingham Park is an 18th-century National Trust estate situated near the village of Atcham, with 200 acres of parkland offering four main walking trails varying between one and four miles long.
Attingham offers beautiful greenery with walled gardens, a deer park and, for rainy days, a splendid Regency mansion. The estate also includes a small shop and café with outdoor seating to sit and enjoy the sunshine. Dogs are welcome but should be on a lead in all except the designated off-lead area.
It is the perfect spot for those wanting to explore some history or those just wanting to re-charge in the serenity of the Shropshire countryside. Booking is recommended during busy times, such as school holidays and there's an entry fee for non-members - HERE
The Quarry and The Dingle
The Quarry is the main recreational park in Shrewsbury, close to the centre of town, ideal for a quick breather, but also a visitor destination in itself.
Created in 1719, its correct name is 'The Quarry' although you'll hear plenty of folks call it Quarry Park. It encompasses a large green park alongside the River Severn, children’s play area and splash park and the gorgeously maintained, formal sunken garden 'The Dingle', which boasts vibrant flowers and a picture-perfect pond. Look out for the statue of the goddess Sabrina and the gateway to the old Shoemakers' Arbour, which was moved here from Kingsland.
It is a favourite spot for locals and perfect for a stroll after lunch, dog walk, or a shopping trip in the town. There's nothing like a re-connect with the outdoors after a Saturday spree!
Haughmond is a shallow hill in Shrewsbury, surrounded by woodland, with gorgeous views, and is a perfect spot for you to revitalise this summer.
Choose from four different walking routes - the Geo and Corbett trails are suitable for mobility scooters or buggies, making it an accessible walk for all the family. Wilfred's Walk and Henry's Hike are longer walks, which can be muddy at times. Don't miss the stunning vantage point with commanding views across Shrewsbury to the Welsh hills beyond. It's the perfect positivity boost!
Haughmond also features a café to re-fresh and socialise, with plenty of seating opportunities for a summer picnic. Parking costs £1 for up to two hours off peak, or £2 during peak times.
Nescliffe Hill and Kynaston’s Cave
Nescliffe Hill and The Cliffe cover 70 hectares, with woodland areas, stone quarries, an impressive and recently excavated hillfort and Kynaston’s Cave, claimed to be a hideout for a medieval outlaw.
With all of this, and Oliver’s Point (pictured) which offers gorgeous views of the Shropshire countryside, Nescliffe is ideal for re-charging those batteries while also exploring a little bit of history.
The site features two free car parks with one only a couple of minutes’ drive from the beautiful English pub, The Three Old Pigeons with its fireside seat, said to have belonged to the outlaw Sir Humphrey Kynaston himself! Enjoy its sun-filled beer garden after your morning walk.
Battlefield Heritage Site
For anyone looking for a sunshine re-boot with some history, Battlefield 1403 heritage site on the Albrighton Estate fits perfectly.
The site of The Battle of Shrewsbury - a famously difficult skirmish between King Henry IV and Harry Hotspur of the rebellious Percy family, in 1403 - the countryside around here offers a walk through history. Don't miss St Mary Magdalene’s Church, said to have been built over the resting place of some 1,600 soldiers who perished in the famous battle, and its associated medieval fishponds.
With two trails to choose from, there is plenty of opportunity to soak up sunshine and experience that fresh country air. Finish off with a visit to the very fine farm shop, butchery & cafe here. Plus there's a visitor exhibition, falconry centre and children's play area. A grand day out.