Discover the beauty of Shropshire this Boxing Day. After the excitement of Christmas Day, what better way to unwind than in the picturesque Shropshire countryside? Lace up your walking boots, breathe in the crisp winter air, and let the beauty of Shropshire’s landscapes rejuvenate your spirit.
The Lawley, Church Stretton
Towards the North East of the Shropshire Hills range sits the Lawley. It’s a smaller hill than it’s big brother, Caer Caradoc, which makes it a popular trail for dog walkers and families alike. Its sleek and beautiful crested shape is recognisable from across Shropshire. The start of the walk can become muddy, but once you’ve climbed the short but steep ascent the path evens out slightly. Don’t get confused by the telephone radio mast halfway, as this is not the summit – keep walking until you reach the weather wave to admire the far reaching views.
Lake Vyrnwy, Oswestry
For a walk that combines the beauty of nature with the tranquillity of water, head to Lake Vyrnwy. A man-made reservoir built in the 1880s to supply Liverpool with drinking water, the Grade 1 listed dam provides a serene backdrop for a Boxing Day stroll. Choose from various trails around the lake, each offering its own unique things to see, from dams and waterfalls to wooden sculptures and woodland.
The Burway Loop, Church Stretton
For those seeking a bit of elevation and a touch of challenge, the Burway Loop is a sound choice. This circular route takes you through the heart of the Long Mynd, offering panoramic views of Shropshire’s hills and valleys. The invigorating and rugged climb is rewarded with sweeping landscapes that showcase the region’s natural beauty.
Attingham Park, Shrewsbury
One for the gentle amblers, step into the grandeur of Attingham Park near Shrewsbury. Combining stately elegance and gentle trails, explore the vast parkland surrounding the Georgian mansion, with its deer park, ancient woodlands, and the meandering River Tern. Choose your path based on your preferred length and intensity, and revel in the beauty of this National Trust gem.
Wenlock Edge, Much Wenlock
Wenlock Edge is a narrow, limestone escarpment that runs for 18 miles from Craven Arms to Ironbridge – the National Trust owned 8-mile stretch makes for wonderful walking. With a mix of limestone grasslands and ancient woodland, you’ll see evidence of its old industrial use with old quarries and lime kilns along the way.