Market Drayton Walks
This pleasant market town in north Shropshire has some nice waterside trails along the River Tern and the Shropshire Union Canal. The town is also well known for its gingerbread and has some fine architecture with half timbered and red brick buildings to admire.
This walk from the town takes you along a section of the Shropshire Union Canal to the neighbouring village of Cheswardine.
The walk starts just to the east of the town centre where you can pick up the canal towpath. Follow it south and it will take you past the pretty Tyrley Locks and Cheswardine Bridge. You then leave the canal to follow a footpath north east through the countryside to visit Cheswardine. It's a pretty village with some nice pubs and interesting old buildings. It has also been runner up in Britain in Bloom several times.
The route then returns to the canal to follow it back to Market Drayton. The walk can be extended by continuing along the canal to Little Soudley and Knighton.
Market Drayton Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Market Drayton Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Market Drayton OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Market Drayton Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
The canalside Wharf Tavern is a fine place for some post walk refreshments. The outdoor seating area is a lovely place to relax and watch the narrowboats pass by. They have a good selection of cask ales and also offer traditional home cooked meals. You can find the pub right next to the canal at postcode TF9 2LP for your sat navs.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
To continue your walking in the area you could follow the canal north to visit Adderley, Coxbank and Audlem where there's an impressive 15 lock flight and a fine canalside pub.
North west of the town you can visit the town of Whitchurch and try the Whitchurch Canal Walk which takes you along the Llangollen Branch of the Shropshire Union Canal. Near here there's also the pretty Brown Moss Nature Reserve where there are some nice trails and lots of wildlife to look out for. Hawkstone Park is also located nearby. Here you will find 100 acres of intricate pathways, ravines, arches, bridges, towering cliffs and follies.
To the north there's Comber Mere. The 12th century abbey includes a large lake and bluebell woodland which is open to the public on certain open days. Near here you'll also find the worthy village of Wrenbury. The settlement is a conservation area with a number of historic properties including an early 16th century church overlooking the pretty village green. There's also a fine canalside pub with a lovely garden to visit.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Shropshire Walks page.