September Walks in Shropshire

PUBLISHED: 16:20 02 December 2010 | UPDATED: 17:48 20 February 2013

The crooked steeple of Cleobury

The crooked steeple of Cleobury

September strolls in Bridgnorth, Montgomery and Maesbury recommended by Claire Owen, Shropshire Tourism Senior Marketing Officer

What better way to start the month than with a taste of the great outdoors by joining a ranger at Severn Valley Country Park to look for different animals throughout the woodlands, meadows and wetlands near Bridgnorth. It may be called Nature Bingo but were assured you dont have to be a naturist to take part!

You can also enjoy one of four way-marked trails including a disabled access trail, cycle along the Mercian Way or catch a steam train at the country park halt. The visitor centre has lots of interesting exhibits and information about the park and surrounding countryside.

For a stroll along the Montgomery canal visit The Maesbury Canal Festival which is taking place on September 4 and 5 near Oswestry. More than 40 boats including old working boats, Saturn a restored fly boat and trading boats meet at Maesbury for the event. Within the grounds of Canal Central there will also be childrens activities, stalls and craft demonstrations, some of which will offer hands-on participation, including blacksmithing skills, weaving, wood turning, canal art painting, jewellery making, felting and dyeing. Morris Dancers and the Porth y Waen junior brass band will entertain visitors.

Maesbury is not the only festival happening this month to encourage you to get out and about all over the county theres Shrewsbury International Street Theatre Festival, Ludlow Food Festival, Ellesmere Festival, a beer festival at Severn Valley Railway Station and even a beer and brass festival at Cleobury Mortimer, which is a great excuse (not that you need one) to rediscover this pretty market town.

Cleobury Country merits exploration, whether on foot, bicycle or horseback. The Jack Mytton Way, a long distance cycle route and bridleway, has a spur into the town with local equestrian centres arranging treks. There are 250 miles of footpaths which you can discover using walking routes and guidebooks available from local shops or the Visitor Information Centre.

If you have found yourself wondering what a peat-cutters life was really like then a stroll around Fenns Moss National Nature Reserve with Bill Allmark, a former peat cutter will be right up your street. Learn how life on the Mosses used to be and why the cutting had to stop.

If youre more of a night owl, visit Wem Carnival for the evening procession on September 4 or take a trip on an all-night train service on the Severn Valley Railway at the end of the month.

Full steam ahead into October!

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