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Walking Around Shrewsbury

The county town of Shrewsbury, nestled in a loop of the river Severn, has managed to retain the old world charm of its attractive centre. The old town has a compact layout of outstanding half timbered black and white buildings, perhaps the most famous of which are Abbot's house and the gabled Ireland's Mansion. Narrow alleyways such as Grope Lane have great character and take one's mind back to Elizabethan times. Exploring these narrow medieval streets is a pleasant way to pass an hour; and if you have a little longer a visit to the splendid Rowley's house museum will improve your knowledge of Shrewsbury's history. If military matters are of interest the castle houses the Shrewsbury Regimental Museum.

Shrewsbury was established as a Saxon town positioned within an almost complete loop of the River Severn, thus providing a natural moat around the town for defence. A castle was later built to defend the small gap in the loop.

OS Maps: Explorer™ 241

A Walk from Shrewsbury [SJ 498123]
An enjoyable riverside meander on the edge of one of England's finest towns. The walk is contained within a series of crazy meandering loops that the River Severn makes to the east of Shrewsbury. Leave the town along Abbey Foregate and head for Shire Hall. Continue heading east until you reach the River Severn. Turn left and follow the Severn Way around the meanders until you eventually return to the town centre.
Best Pub for this walk
Armoury, Victoria Quay Tel: 01743 340525 (Good Pub Guide)
Excellent bar food and restaurant
This walk is fully described in the guidebook '50 Walks in Shropshire' by Julie Royle



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