North Shropshire Walking for Health

About Us

North Shropshire is such a lovely place to walk in as you can stroll around the attractive market towns or villages where there is always something interesting to see, or you can, in only a few minutes be out into the countryside.   Most people just like to come for a short, quite slow paced walk, but are always pleased at how much easier it gets each week.   People who come on our walks like to have a chat and look forward to a drink afterwards.

Please note, due to the nature of the group walks participants are encouraged not to bring dogs (except guide or assistance dogs) on the walks. 

If you would like to join us please just come along, or contact me, Helen Foxall, Helen.Foxall@shropshire.gov.uk

North Shropshire walks are to be found in :


Ellesmere
Hadnall

Higher Heath

Kinnerley
Market Drayton
Oswestry
Shawbury
Wem
West Felton
Whitchurch

Our Walks

Walk name Route options available Length (hours)
Avalon Day Centre
Avalon Day Centre
0:45
Beechtree Community Centre Whitchurch
Beechtree Community Centre Whitchurch
0:45
Ellesmere - level 2
Ellesmere - level 2
1:30
Gatacre Level 1/2 - Gatacre Ave
Gatacre Level 1 - Gatacre Ave
1:00
Hadnall Walks
Hadnall Long
Hadnall Short
1:00
0:30
Higher Heath
Higher Heath
1:15
Kinnerley
Walk Option 1
1:30
Market Drayton Friday Morning
Market Drayton Friday Morning
1:30
Mere Ambles - Level One
Mere Ambles - Level One
1:00
Oswestry Level 3, - Tuesday Morning
Cambrian Tuesday Morning
1:30
Shawbury
Shawbury Level 2 (Long Walk)
0:45
Wem
Wem
1:00
West Felton
West Felton
1:00

 

Ellesmere

We meet every Wednesday at 10.00 am at the Canal Wharf Ellesmere. Please meet 10 minutes before start of the walk. We welcome all abilities of walkers, and particularly those who may be less able, slower walkers.

Sorry - only assistance dogs are welcome on a health walk.

Every week there is a 1 Hour walk & 2 Hour walk.

One hour walks include steps and slopes & occasionally may involve stiles. Routes may be muddy, so please wear suitable footwear. Many walkers find that a stick gives them confidence when tackling slopes and muddy conditions.

Walking shoes or boots are essential for the longer and more strenuous walks. These will last two hours or longer, if we go by car. Please bring refreshments and a drink, There are muddy paths, slopes and stiles on these longer walks.

Cars will be used to take people out for many walks. Please try to help by bringing your car to the Ellesmere Wharf/ Tesco Car Park.

We do appreciate offers of help from car owners who are willing to take passengers. 

After each walk all walkers are invited to join the group at the Black Lion for a Coffee or Tea.

Hadnall

Every Tuesday at 10.30am meet at Hadnall Village Hall car park, for a series of low to moderate intensity flat local walks.  We have 2 flat walks: a flat walk of 45-60 minutes and a slower paced walk for approximately 30 minutes.  The walks are free, no requirement to book.  With tea and coffee available afterwards at a cost of 20p.

Higher Heath

Meet at the village hall every Tuesday at 10.00am.  This is an ideal place for an easy flat walk lasting about an hour. Please note we go on an ' away walk' on the 1st Tuesday of the month, we still meet at the village hall and leave in cars from there to get to the start point.

Kinnerley

Meet at the village hall.

Walks take place on the 2nd and 4th Monday of the month for a walk around the village.

** please note the dates for August walks are on different dates given the bank holiday so the walks in August are on Monday 6th and Monday 20th. See walks page for more details.

Walks leave at 10am for a walk of 60 - 90 mins. We try to avoid stiles where we can, but there may be some stiles on some routes - the walk leader will advise about this in the pre-walk talk before the walk.

Market Drayton

Come and explore the lovely market town of Market Drayton with us.  We meet every Friday morning at the Beacon Community Centre, Prospect Road and walks leave from there at 10.00 am. 

We offer two walks each week, a shorter 60 mins walk or a  longer 90 mins walk

Depending on the weather and the abilities of our walkers, we will either go along the canal, which is always pretty, or down to Walkmill Meadows, or across the bypass and over the fields.  We try to keep it varied, but most people like to chat along the way and are happy to look at whatever we see of interest while we are walking.

Please note we go on an ' Away walk ' on alternate weeks, these are walks located within a radius of approx 5-6 miles from Market Drayton and we still meet at the Beacon and leave from there at 10.00 am - we try to car share for the ' Away walks' where possible. 

Oswestry

There are currently 3 walks within Oswestry - Tuesday mornings  will take you through town and out into the countryside, walk lasts for 60-90 mins. Tuesday afternoons will go out into the paths on the north side of town and last for 60-90 mins. Thursday mornings are a walk around the town - you will be surprised at places you have never been.  This walks lasts up to an hour.

Tuesday morning, meet at the Cambrian Railway Building at 10.00 am.  These walks last around  60 - 90 mins and will usually leave the town and go on to footpaths. We end up with a coffee stop. ( Please note there will not be a walk on the 7th August)

Tuesday afternoon, meet at the Gatacre sports pavilion, 2.00 pm.  Walks will go out onto footpaths, lasting for over an hour, exploring the undulating countryside of Oswestry.  We stop for a cup of coffee on the way! ( Please note there will not be a walk on the 7th August)

Thursday morning, meet at Avalon Day Centre, Victoria Road, 10.30 am.  Walks last up to 1 hour on easy terrain such as pavements or easy access footpaths.  There may be some slight gradients, but we walk at a gentle pace and will accommodate new walkers.

Shawbury

This group meets every Monday morning, 10.00am from Shawbury Village Hall.  Walks last about an hour, with an option for a shorter one if required.  All walks finish off with the chance for a cup of tea and a natter in Shawbury Village Hall.

Wem

Monday mornings at 10.00 am from Wem Town Hall.  Walks are average 30-60 minutes, low to moderate intensity, flat local walks around the town or close footpaths.

West Felton

On the 3rd Monday of the month walk leaves at 10.00 am from the village hall.  Walks are gentle and will last just over an hour.

Whitchurch

We offer a varied walk programme with walks of different grades and duration - see details below:

The  walks on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month are long walks ( 90mins) and the walks on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month are shorter walks,(45mins).

When there is a 5th Wednesday in a month the walk tends to be a walk away from the town for those wishing to explore a bit further afield. 

We meet inside the Civic Centre for all our walks and end with refreshments in a local establishment. Please note all walks leave from the Civic Centre at 10.00am.

Our Events

Volunteer Walk Leader Training : Dates to be confirmed. Please contact Helen Foxall Healthy Outdoors Coordinator 01743 255059 helen.foxall@shropshire.gov.uk if you would like more information.

August 2018

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
30
31
1
2
3
4
5
 
 
Mere Ambles - Level One
10:00
 
Ellesmere - level 2
10:00
 
Beechtree Community Centre Whitchurch
10:00
 
Avalon Day Centre
10:30
 
Market Drayton Friday Morning
10:00
 
 
 
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
West Felton
10:00
 
Shawbury
10:00
 
Kinnerley
10:00
 
Wem
10:00
 
Higher Heath
10:00
 
Mere Ambles - Level One
10:00
 
Ellesmere - level 2
10:00
 
Beechtree Community Centre Whitchurch
10:00
 
Avalon Day Centre
10:30
 
Market Drayton Friday Morning
10:00
 
 
 
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
Wem
10:00
 
West Felton
10:00
 
Shawbury
10:00
 
Higher Heath
10:00
 
Oswestry Level 3, - Tuesday Morning
10:00
 
Gatacre Level 1/2 - Gatacre Ave
14:00
 
Mere Ambles - Level One
10:00
 
Ellesmere - level 2
10:00
 
Beechtree Community Centre Whitchurch
10:00
 
Avalon Day Centre
10:30
 
Market Drayton Friday Morning
10:00
 
 
 
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
Kinnerley
10:00
 
Wem
10:00
 
West Felton
10:00
 
Shawbury
10:00
 
Higher Heath
10:00
 
Oswestry Level 3, - Tuesday Morning
10:00
 
Gatacre Level 1/2 - Gatacre Ave
14:00
 
Mere Ambles - Level One
10:00
 
Ellesmere - level 2
10:00
 
Beechtree Community Centre Whitchurch
10:00
 
Avalon Day Centre
10:30
 
Market Drayton Friday Morning
10:00
 
 
 
27
28
29
30
31
1
2
Wem
10:00
 
West Felton
10:00
 
Shawbury
10:00
 
Oswestry Level 3, - Tuesday Morning
10:00
 
Higher Heath
10:00
 
Gatacre Level 1/2 - Gatacre Ave
14:00
 
Mere Ambles - Level One
10:00
 
Ellesmere - level 2
10:00
 
Beechtree Community Centre Whitchurch
10:00
 
Avalon Day Centre
10:30
 
Market Drayton Friday Morning
10:00
 
 
 

Contacts

Helen Foxall
Walking for Health Co-ordinator
01743 255059
Helen.Foxall@shropshire.gov.uk
  

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