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Saturday is market day in Bridgnorth and it can get very busy but The Castle Walk is one of the most lovely of views of the River Severn and of Low Town that you could wish to see - Bernard
Spend a few hours simply walking round - we dicovered lots of pretty streets and alleys, the lovely St Leonards church area, and the (worryingly wonky) castle remains and grounds at the top of the town. - Dawn
The cliff lift enables you to visit both the low town, by the river, and the main high town (you can also use one of a series of steps too - soem are stepper than others!). The town has a lovely, friendly feel - with 'proper' shops such as a delicatessan and butchers - Wendy
Located in North Shropshire the village of Ellesmere is a well known local attraction as well as a superb place to live. Ellesmere probably takes its name from the fact that the area is dotted with small lakes or meres so much so that it is sometimes referred to as “The Lake District of Shropshire” but on a much smaller scale. Nonetheless this is an attractive place that can trace is history back to Saxon times and Ellesmere is still attracting visitors today – a drive along the mere at Ellesmere on any day of the year will reveal numerous visitors feeding the wide variety of birds or simply admiring the view. As well as the Mere there is a spur of the Llangollen Canal, built in the late 18th century, which was meant to link Ellesmere with Ellesmere Port but increasing costs meant that it was never completed The town was granted a market charter in the 13th century and the market is still held here every Tuesday in the Market Hall, alongside the local stores many of which have been in the same family for generations. In the centre of the town is The Square dominated by the Old Town Hall that was built in 1833, an impressive building from its pedimented roof line down to its superb brick vaulted cellar. Ellesmere offers the visitors a friendly welcome, excellent walks in the countryside, along the canal and mere and if you find yourself nearby is well worth visiting. - Dave
Coalbrookdale, Telford – The Fat Frog restaurant near Ironbridge is incredible! The only downside is the parking being down quite a steep lane to the side of the restaurant. However, there are frogs everywhere, of all shapes & sizes – a truly unique dining experience (& the food is gorgeous too, but it gets busy there, so do book).
Cathryn …. Diner
A good view of the bridge can be obtained by climbing the 100+ steps up to the church from the Square! St Luke's offers a warm welcome and refreshments at Sunday 11 a.m services, and special open days which are advertised in the Square - Gail Foster
The Royal Victoria is a lovely, welcoming pub/hotel on an old cobbled street, ideally placed for shopping & a short walk to the canal (non-working). It is steeped in history as Queen Victoria dined there & now is a good, central meeting point or place to stay (reasonable prices) with a large car park & lots of seating inside.
Cathy …ex-resident/went to school there
On the A41 from Telford to Market Drayton, feeling peckish but longing for something different? There's a very good Indian “The Lion” by the PO as you enter the village of Waters Upton. Very popular, large car park to rear, booking is advisable. It looks like a traditional English pub but don’t be put off! The onion bhaji are a real treat, as is their jalfrezi, but beware, as their hotter dishes really are hot! Cathryn…. ex-resident
The Agricultural Show – one of the biggest one day shows & in mid July in Chetwynd Deer Park (towards Edgmond). Plenty of parking, showjumping, various livestock classes, motorcycle display teams, craft stalls, loads of refreshments – a great family day out, as long as the weather’s kind! - Cathryn ….ex-Novaportian & regular exhibitor
Shropshire Game & Country Fair - an annual event on August bank holiday weekend. It’s in Newport at Chetwynd Deer Park, which is towards Edgmond, up Chenny Hill. There is a tractor transfer down the hill from the car park to the main ring. There’s lots going on – carriage driving, falconry displays, clay pigeon shooting, dog agility, shopping, etc! Definitely a country pursuits w/e with hands-on fun - Cathryn ….ex-Novaportian & visitor
If anyone is planning a break or heading to Shropshire for a trip out and have an iphone or Blackberry then it would be worth your while downloading the the free app from www.shropshiregold.co.uk
On the A41 from Telford to Market Drayton, feeling peckish but longing for something different? There's a very good Indian “The Lion” by the PO as you enter the village of Waters Upton. Very popular, large car park to rear, booking is advisable. It looks like a traditional English pub but don’t be put off! The onion bhaji are a real treat, as is their jalfrezi, but beware, as their hotter dishes really are hot!
Telford Centre - This place has almost everything you could wish for (in a rain-free environment!), from shops (big department stores & smaller niche ones) to a multi-screen cinema, retail parks, a boating lake, library, indoor market, etc, etc! Getting there by car can be a nightmare if you don’t know where you’re going on a busy Saturday – don’t go for the 1st car park you come across from most major routes (Asda). Beware the multi-storey next up on the left – tight turns on the ramps, OK if you’re in a Smart but otherwise! Follow signs to the cinema (past the bus station) but instead of going in the cinema car park, turn left just before – big car park & usually spaces as it’s a little walk through an underpass to get to the shops!
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