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|Oswestry and River Morda|
|Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 17 Aug 2015||Walk rating : Rating:|
|A 3.5 mile circular walk from the market town of Oswestry in Shropshire. The walking route heads out from the centre of town, through fields and pastures to reach the pretty River Morda, following it for a short stretch before returning to the town via quiet lanes and more pastures. There are lovely views along the way and an assortment of wildlife to enjoy. |
The walk has several steady gradients throughout, plus one short steeper climb. The path surfaces through fields and pastures can be very muddy after periods of rain and in winter, and a couple of sections can be overgrown in the height of summer. There are a few kissing gates to negotiate plus 3 stiles (one of which is enclosed with narrow wooden fencing so larger dogs would need a lift over). You may be sharing several of the pastures with cattle so take particular care with dogs. There are public toilets within the car park at the start of the walk. Approximate time 1.5 to 2 hours.
Oswestry is located in the north-west corner of Shropshire, close to the border with Wales and alongside the junction between the A5 and A483. The walk starts and finishes at the central pay and display car park within the town, the entrance for which is on B4579 Salop Road, just north of its junction with Roft Street. The car park fee is £1 for 2 hours (correct August 2015). Approximate post code SY11 2NR.
|Start to Queens Road|
Start point: 52.8584 lat, -3.0544 long
To begin the walk, make your way to the public toilets which are housed in a square brick building in the corner of the car park. Standing with your back to the toilets, facing the road, turn left along the pavement. Swap to the right-hand pavement using the crossing just before the old chapel, which has been converted into a pharmacy. Immediately after the pub on the right, turn right along the paved area of Festival Square. At the top of the square, you will find a sculpture of a borderland farmer with a sheep (by Ivor Roberts-Jones) which was installed to mark the site of the animal market that was held in the town until the 1960s.
|Queens Road to Weston Lane|
Start point: 52.855 lat, -3.0537 long
After just 20 paces along Queens Road (and immediately before Queens Court) turn left through the old metal kissing gate to join the signed footpath, part of Wat’s Dyke Way. Follow this narrow path between hedgerows and out through the kissing gate at the end. Turn right at this junction, following the stone path with a large cemetery on the left.
|Weston Lane to Love Lane|
Start point: 52.8469 lat, -3.0496 long
If you look on the fingerpost here you will see the symbol for Oswald’s Trail, part of which you are now following. The trail was created in 2013 to commemorate 40 years of the local Ramblers group and celebrates the town’s history. The Battle of Maserfield is thought to have been fought near Oswestry in 642, between the two Anglo-Saxon kings; Penda of Mercia and Oswald of Northumbria. Oswald was killed in this battle and was dismembered; according to legend, one of his arms was carried to an ash tree by a raven, and miracles were subsequently attributed to the tree (as Oswald was considered a saint). Thus it is believed that the name of the town is derived from a reference to Oswald’s Tree.
|Love Lane to School Grounds Exit|
Start point: 52.8471 lat, -3.0616 long
Turn left along Love Lane and follow it, through pretty arches of hedgerows and trees. Eventually you will emerge to a junction with a quiet lane, Croeswylan Lane. Turn left and continue just to the point where the lane swings left. Turn right here, over a stile to enter a hillside pasture. Walk up the field at about 1 o’clock, keeping the large sycamore tree on your right and the adjacent telegraph pole on your left.
|School Grounds Exit to End|
Start point: 52.8527 lat, -3.0634 long
Continue past the school buildings on the right and a scout hut on the left. Immediately afterwards, turn left onto a tarmac footpath with a wall running on the right. At the end of this path (Penylan Walk) turn right for a few paces and then use the zebra crossing to swap to the left-hand pavement.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2015 by the author clairesharpuk and may not be reproduced without permission.
The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.
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