Guide Book PDF - Shropshire Walking

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Guide Book PDF - Shropshire Walking

Route 25Oswestry Racecourseto Chirk BankBy the old School House, BronygarthWalking the pastThis walk links Oswestry Racecourse,with its fabulous views over the town,and the Shropshire Plain to ChirkBank. In one day you will experienceinspiring parts of Offa’s Dyke Path,climb Selattyn Hill, be under the gaze ofChirk Castle before being awestruck bya magnificent aqueduct.The landscape dramatically throws updifferent vistas to the east and north andis riddled with Welsh, Roman, Saxon,Viking and Norman history - you canimagine the dust of armies and glint ofsun on armour observed from the hillsabove the plain. The Battle of Croganin 1165 saw an extraordinarily bloodyvictory for the Welsh Princes over HenryII, who had his men clear a swathe ofthe Ceriog Valley of trees so the Welshbowmen would have no hiding place –all to no avail. On the other hand youcan just close your eyes and bask in theclean air and tranquillity.Pentre Wood lies between Pont Faen andBronygarth. Woodland Trust volunteershave created a series of steps to easeyour way on what can be a very slipperyslope. Looking through the trees overthe chattering River Ceiriog you shouldglimpse a view of one of Britain’s firsttrout hatcheries – still in business after130 years. Just below the bottom of WellOswestry RacecourseLane it is hard to miss an ancient BlackPoplar of tremendous girth. Give it a hugas you pass.Listen to the Bronygarth podcastMind the gapThe short stroll over Thomas Telford’sChirk aqueduct and though the canaltunnel (or vice versa) is only a minordetour and you can easily reconnectwith the Shropshire Way at Pont Faen orChirk Bank as appropriate. The 70-foothigh aqueduct with its 10 arches wascompleted in 1801.The RacecourseMany towns and villages boast aformer ‘racecourse’ established whenhorseracing was a universally commonsport. Oswestry racecourse was a cutabove anything else in the vicinity.Its classic two mile figure of eightconfiguration had to cross a turfed overroad. Its leading event was the Sir WatkinsWilliam Wynn Cup – the first to finish nodoubt declared to be the Wynner!Ultimately it fell on hard times as crowdsbecame more disreputable, putting offrespectable race-goers. The arrival ofSelattyn Towerthe railways made other courses moreaccessible for all concerned.You can still see the remains of thegrandstand where there is a veryinformative interpretation panel. At thesouthern end there is an unusual stonesculpture of a two headed horse – agood each-way bet perhaps.Selattyn (non-towering)TowerAll that remains of Selattyn Tower is itsstone lower storey which was used asshooting lodge. Built in 1847 by a MrCrewe it had a wooden superstructureand was part folly and part memorialfor its owner’s hero Prince Gwen, a6th century Welsh leader. The Towerwas built on the site of a 4000 year oldBronze Age cairn and, more prosaically,it was used for spotting Germanbombers heading for Liverpool in WorldWar II.From Craignant at the northern base ofSelattyn Hill you can take a short detourinto the village of Selattyn where youwill find the 17th century Cross Keys Inn.(01691 650247 for opening hours).Check out the podcastThe European Agricultural Fundfor Rural Development: Europeinvesting in rural areas


R iaM or dv e rDeer ParkPentreWoodBaddy’sWoodChirkWoodCoedGlanyrafonTempleWoodCraignant WoodMountWoodSelattynDetourHenlleParkSelattyn TowerSelattynHillBaker’s HillOld OswestryRacecourseRacecourseWoodC analChirk CastleAqueduct& ViaductMotteMoretonHallStandingStoneWellLaneCrogganChirkBankWeston RhynSelattynRhydycroesauLlawntOffa’s DykeBronygarthPont-FaenCarreg-y-bigLa ngolle nCHIRKRhoswielCraignantRhosWernLion QuaysUpperHengoedGobowenGyrnHengoedWat’s DykeOffa’s DykeB&BB5070B5070B4579B5069B4579A5B45800 KILOMETRES 1 20 MILES ½1River CeiriogView of Selattyn and beyondDiscover ShropshireRoute 25DIFFICULTY: some steep uphill sections.8.5 miles / 13.6 kilometresB4500Route Profile350m300m250m200m150m100mKilometresMiles24 6810 12 141 2 3 4 5 6 7 8You are not permitted to copy, sublicence,distribute or sell any of thisdata to third parties in any form.© Crown copyright and database rights2012 Ordnance Survey 100049049For more details and information visit: www.shropshirewalking.co.uk

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