It seems to me Shropshire is a county that does not come high on the list of tourist destinations in the UK. This does it a great disservice because in fact it is secretly one of the gems of English counties, with picturesque villages and towns, an impressive historical heritage and swathes of unspoilt countryside.
Farmers’ fields retain ancient hedgerows of the type that were grubbed out in other parts of the country during the pursuit of intensive farming a couple of decades ago. The hedgerows, vital to sustaining wildlife, criss-cross a pleasantly rolling landscape between villages, woods, rivers, towns, and lines of hills that push upwards in the Long
Mynd and stride on towards the Welsh Marches.
Shropshire has managed to hold on to much that people love about the English countryside and English towns, and therein lies both its charm and its dilemma. A careful balance has to be maintained between satisfying the needs of tourism and retaining the essence of what attracts tourists in the first place. Shrewsbury is the main county town of Shropshire.
The River Severn, which arises in the Cambrian mountains of Wales, runs right through the middle of Shropshire. Centuries ago the course of the river was diverted to form almost a full circle of natural defensive moat, and Shrewsbury has become known as ‘The Town in the Loop’.
In the top left corner the green area is the Quarry with the Dingle (sunken garden) in its middle. The riverside on the southern edge of the old town is lined with an avenue of lime trees planted in the 1790s and Victoria Avenue provides a relaxing place to stroll by the river, winter or summer.
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