A taste of Shropshire and Wales on the Mercian border
Separating the borders of Wales and England, Oswestry is a lively town with a mixture of English and Welsh culture and as both a border and market town, it has a unique identity within the Shropshire region. As the largest market town in the region, Oswestry is a great place to stay. Named after King Oswald and marked by a well to his name, Oswestry is a great place for those who love the outdoors and want to explore Shropshire’s lovely towns. It is also host to many festivals throughout the year as is custom for small English towns, so whether you like food, literature or ale, there will likely be something for you, no matter when you book a holiday home in Oswestry!
Offa’s Dyke marks the border between Wales and England and is thought to have originated as a crude border ditch preventing Welsh invasion across the Mercian border. While the origins of the earthwork are somewhat mysterious, the scenic route along it is certainly not, attracting walkers from all around. Nearby you can stop off at the town of Clun, regarded as one of the most serene in England and enjoy the idyllic setting in one for the Town’s tea shops for a taste of a traditional British treat! The Pontcysyllte Aqueduct is also a notable bridge over which canal boats can travel between the valley below. Slightly further North of Oswestry, Chirk Castle features lovingly presented gardens and an interior which exhibits period preserved furniture and paintings, with everything set out as would have been custom in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Natural beauty and rich heritage
Across the border you can visit Lake Vyrnwy where you can walk along the impressive bridge covering the dam and follow walking routes based on what kind of scenery takes your fancy and how far you want to walk. The birdlife here is particularly diverse with over 90 species living here so it is worth keeping a sharp wit about you, as you can never be sure what you might be able to find at Lake Vyrnwy. Bishop’s Castle another town nearby holds the Three Tuns Brewery, the oldest of its kind in England and housed in an old Victorian building, it is noted for its Tower design and the traditional Ales that it produces. Shropshire is an area best visited with a car as the towns tend to be just out of comfortable walking distance if you wish to visit a few in a day. Nevertheless, the combination of Shropshire countryside and welsh borderland pastures, make Oswestry a fantastic place to visit, whether as a family, a group of friends or for a cosy romantic weekend away in the outdoors.