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|The Armoury Shrewsbury Trail|
|Author: Pub Walker, Published: 18 Oct 2013||Walk Rating:|
|A 4.5 mile circular pub walk from the Armoury in Shrewsbury, Shropshire. The Armoury sits in a magnificent brick building overlooking the River Severn and has an eclectic history of use including being (unsurprisingly!) an armoury, a convalescence home, a bakery and now a great town pub. The walking route explores some of the highlights within the historic market town of Shrewsbury, with something for everyone. You will be able to enjoy long stretches of the banks of the River Severn, the formal avenues within Quarry Park, the c 1070 red sandstone Shrewsbury Castle, the central shopping area and several beautiful historic buildings. |
The route follows pavements and tarmac paths in the main, but the first section through Poplar Island follows a grass path and this can get quite muddy in winter and after rain. If you don’t have suitable footwear, this muddy section can be excluded and the walk shortened to 3 miles (simply follow the notes within the route description). The walk has a few gentle slopes throughout and includes a number of gates/kissing gates and some flights of steps, but no stiles. Allow 2 to 2.5 hours.
Shrewsbury is the county town of Shropshire and is located about 9 miles east of the Welsh border and about 14 miles west of Telford. The walk starts and finishes from the Armoury pub on Victoria Avenue, Victoria Quay. Approximate post code SY1 1HH. The pub does not have a car park so, to give you time for your meal and the walk, you will need to park in one of the town’s long stay public car parks. One of the nearest can be found on Raven Meadows. Make your way to the pub on Victoria Avenue to begin your walk.
|Start to Poplar Island Gate|
Start point: 52.7096 lat, -2.759 long
Standing on Victoria Avenue, facing the Armoury, turn left along the pavement with the river to the left. After just a few yards you’ll reach the junction with a road bridge over the river. Cross the pedestrian crossing ahead and then turn immediately left to follow the pavement across bridge. Immediately before you reach the first building on the right, turn sharp right down a short slope (and a couple of steps) to reach a T-junction with a paved riverside path.
|Poplar Island Gate to Hunter Street|
Start point: 52.7146 lat, -2.7539 long
Keep ahead to join the obvious path which runs on the grass embankment alongside the river.
|Hunter Street to Footbridge|
Start point: 52.7137 lat, -2.759 long
Keep ahead passing the beautiful Old Coach House on the left. Half way along the road you’ll see an old black water hydrant with a gold lion’s mouth acting as the water spout. At the end of Hunter Street turn right and, at the T-junction a few yards later, turn left.
|Footbridge to Monument Fork|
Start point: 52.7086 lat, -2.7643 long
Do NOT cross the footbridge, instead go ahead through the metal kissing gate to join the tarmac path still with the river on the left. When you reach a fork, keep left on the path nearest the water. You will reach the buildings of Pengwern Boat Club ahead. Keep ahead through the gate (or squeeze gap) to pass immediately in front of the boat house.
|Monument Fork to Castle|
Start point: 52.7044 lat, -2.75 long
Keep right at this fork, still on the path closest to the river. Follow the wide tarmac path under the beautiful old stone arch bridge known as English Bridge. The original bridge was completed in 1774, but the present structure was rebuilt in 1925, using the original masonry.
|Castle to Quarry Park|
Start point: 52.7112 lat, -2.7501 long
Continue along Castle Street, passing between a range of shops. Where the road bends hard left, cross over to keep straight ahead along the pedestrian precinct, Pride Hill. At the far end of the pedestrian stretch, keep straight ahead on the main shopping street (passing to the left of Market Hall).
|Quarry Park to End|
Start point: 52.7074 lat, -2.7594 long
On the right is the part-timbered Quarry Lodge. This was home to Percy Thrower from 1946 to 1974 whilst he was the Park Superintendent for Shrewsbury Borough Council. Percy Thrower was best known as a presenter on BBC Gardeners World and for being the gardener on Blue Peter. This 29 acre riverside park was created in 1719.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2013 by the author pubwalker and may not be reproduced without permission.
A guided walk needs one thing above all else - to be clear in the directions. This was certainly that as well as being an excellent and varied wander around Shrewsbury, the river being a dominant feature.
|By colart on 04 Aug 2015|
It would be easier if it was possible to make the text a little bigger
|By SteveBostock on 02 Sep 2015|
An excellent walk, full of interest. Only one unexpected problem encountered, part of the riverside walk was closed due to high water level. Found interesting diversion via Shrewsbury Abbey.
|By prestonposse on 09 Mar 2017|
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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