Shropshire; A landlocked county bordering with Wales. The county of Cheshire is to the North and with Staffordshire to the East. Worcestershire and Herefordshire are on southerly borders. The county has been known for its picturesque market towns, areas of natural beauty and industrial heritage along with the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Landscape; From North to South, Shropshire has a changing landscape all of which is spectacular in its own right. The Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty covering roughly a quarter of the county, mostly in the south. A very rural county and one of the most least populated ones. Britain’s longest river, the Severn river, runs through the county, exiting into Worcestershire. One of the most important and bogs is also found in Shropshire at the Fenn’s, Whixall and Bettisfield Mosses National Nature Reserve.
History; Starting with one of the most well known heritage sites in the county, The Ironbridge Gorge area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, covering Ironbridge, Coalbrookdale and a part of Madeley. Shropshire boasts a great deal of special interest locations, including the the Shropshire Union Canal. Ancient history includes that of tribal Celtic Iron Age kingdom through to Roman settlements and repeated Viking incursions.
Wildlife and Fauna; The county has 40 Reserves across the region including woodland reserves such as The Ercall, Clunton Coppice and Earls and Pontesford Hill. A bird watching hot spot here is Charles Sinker Fields, formerly known as The Flooded Fields on the edge of Whixall Moss. Another more ancient site to visit is, aptly named Ancient hollies on the Stiperstones which cover 37 hectares of landscape.
Tourism; The county has a vast range of tourist destinations and attractions ranging from the obviously popular heritage sites as mentioned above, many are attracted by the stunning scenery and areas of natural beauty here, there are plenty of hiking trails throughout the rolling hills and the valleys not to mention the tranquil canal and river walks. Cycling routes are plentiful too, again many trails to explore too. Our authors have plenty of ideas for locations to explore.