Rural-looking Shropshire is just the perfect place for nature-lovers like you
The County of Shropshire maybe labeled as rural and sparsely populated, but it’s the rustic atmosphere is the one that makes Shropshire worth visiting. For the record, this county is considered as the least populated two-tier governed area in the United Kingdom.
This county can be separated into two general geographic and political divisions; the North Shropshire and the South Shropshire. The North Shropshire Plain as it is called is actually the extension of the Cheshire Plain. Most of the population of the county is resides in this area. Since land in the area is fertile, the population relies mostly on agriculture. There is newly created town in the area, which is the town of Telford. This town is partly built on industrial land. The South Shropshire is considered as the more rural between the two. If the North has the majority of the residents, then this area plays hosts to hill ranges and river valleys. The nature lover in you will surely love the woods, pine forests and the batches that can be seen in the area. Batches are actually the terms used to refer to small valleys and other natural features. The southern part of the county is also the location of the Shropshire Hills AONB, which is a protected area in the county. If you visit this protected area, then you’ll see the renowned Long Mynd, which is a large plateau. The AONB stands for the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and this area covers a quarter of the county. Long Mynd is just one of those sites that form part of the AONB. Other landmarks of interest include The Wrekin, Clee Hills, Stipersones, Wenlock Edge and the River Severn. The area also plays host to what the locals call ‘the little Switzerland’. The place is the Church Stretton, and called that way thanks to the unique character and location of the place.
When you are in Shropshire, then a visit to Ironbridge Gorge Museums should be part of the plan. This is a World Heritage Site, so it is a must-visit as well. Check also the museum at the RAF Cosford, Severn Valley railway and the Stokesay Court. Lovers of films will find this place familiar. That’s because this area was the site for the filming of the movie Atonement.
Other than its natural wonders, there are other things to look forward to in the country. For example, visitors can check out the county’s 32 castles and stately homes. These castles are scattered around the county but some of the best can be seen at the Ludlow, Stokesay and the Attingham Park. For lovers of flowers, then a specialty garden like the Wollerton Old Hall and Stapley Water Gardens should be visited. Those with active lifestyle should find the county perfect. The Llangollen Canal is just the perfect spot for cruising.
If you are still in need of more information, then a quick visit to a Shropshire Visitor Information Centre should do the trick. The office is more than willing to share some local information, like sights and popular events.