Nature Reserves and Countryside

For breathtaking views over the Shropshire plain you should take the short climb up to Grinshill and Corbet Wood.  There are old sandstone quarries and cuttings to discover in the woods on your way to the top.  Or you could take in Hawkstone Park, a treasure of cliffs and grottoes, caves and follies all set in a grade one listed landscape - breathtaking (literally!)

The meres and mosses in and around Ellesmere, have blessed the area since the Ice Age. Filled with rare and protected flora and fauna, many are Sites of Special Scientific Interest.  Colemere Country Park is just one such place and the circular walk around its edge provides and ideal opportunity to take the magic and abundant wildlife of this mere.

Brown moss is also a must see - if wildlife is your thing.  This fragile marshland is habitat to over 200 species of wild plants, may of which are rare.  Heathland and woods also ensure that a great variety of wildlife thrives here.

The mosses are all free to be discovered and Fenns, Whixall and Bettisfield Mosses are inter-linked by three short trails. Also passing through them is the Llangollen Canal as it winds its way toward the Welsh hills, ideal for a towpath stroll or even a more strenuous hike.

Leaflets on the Mosses are available at Morris Bridge carpark, Whixall. Guided walks, talks and other events are held all year round by English Nature.