Introduction to walking in and around Oswestry
Oswestry is a historic market town sitting right on the line between the fertile lowlands of northern Shropshire to the east, and the hills of the English/Welsh border to the west. The border itself cuts across the B4580 less than 4 miles west of the town. It’s an area of small towns and villages, castles and nature reserves, woods and farmland, making it ideal as a centre for easy circular walks combining well-marked paths and quiet country roads. It’s also well-placed to take in the long-distance walking route along Offa’s Dyke, and tougher hiking trails in the hills of North Wales.
We had gone there for an annual family get-together at Easter 2004, staying at the Wynnstay Hotel in the centre of town. It’s relatively accessible from Scotland and the South of England, and we always look for somewhere suitable with a choice of walking routes.
There are stories here about a walk round the attractive town of Oswestry itself; a route round the Colemere Country Park about 9 miles to the east; and a tougher hike along Offa’s Dyke (undertaken as a run). The walks include visits to some historic remains: Oswestry Castle and Old Oswestry Fort; Chirk Castle operated by the National Trust; and an intriguing old racecourse on the ridge just west of Oswestry.
Links to walks
Contributed by: Andrew Llanwarne