GPS Cycle and Walking Routes


Oswestry Walks

8 miles (13.6 km)

This large market town near the Welsh border has some nice walking trails to try to the west. This walk picks up the Offa's Dyke Path to explore the old Oswestry Racecourse and the woodland trails in Candy Wood. You'll also visit the River Morda with lovely views over the Morda Valley.
The walk starts in the town centre next to the heritage centre and the pretty Cae Glas Park. From here you pick up footpaths heading west through the countryside to Racecourse Common. From the 1700s to 1848, there was a popular racecourse on the site. Known asCyrn-y-Bwch(Welshfor the Horns of the Buck), the site was chosen on this 1,000-foot (300m) high hilltop because of its location between the Kingdom of England and the Principality of Wales, and the aim was to bring together the local landowners and gentry of Wales and England. Remnants of the old grandstand and figure-of-eight racetrack can still be seen. There's also a nice viewpoint from the elevated position of the common, with fine views over the surrounding English and Welsh countryside.
On the common you can pick up the Offa's Dyke Path and follow it south through Racecourse Wood and Candy Wood toward Tyn-y-coed. Around here you can enjoy views of the River Morda and the lovely Morda Valley.
From here you retrace your steps through the woods and common before returning to the town.
To extend the walk you could head north along the waymarked trail to Bakers Hill and Selattyn Hill for more fine views.
The Wat's Dyke Way Heritage Trail also passes through the town. You could pick up the trail and head north to visit Oswestry Old Fort. This notable ancient site include earthworks, is one of the best preserved hill forts in the UK, and has been described as 'The Stonehenge of the Iron Age Period'. Across the border to the west of the town you can pick up the circular Upper Ceiriog Trail. The shared cycling and walking trail takes you on a tour of the beautiful Ceiriog Valley with views of the River Ceiriog and a visit to the village of Pandy.
To the north of the town you could visit the interesting Chirk Castle and pick up the towpath of the Shropshire Union Canal.

Oswestry OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Oswestry Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Walks near Oswestry

  • Offa's Dyke Path - This incredible 177 mile trail starts on the River Severn Estuary in Gloucestershire in England before taking you over the border into Wales and on through some truly splendid mountainous scenery
  • Wat's Dyke Way Heritage Trail - A new walking route running through the pastoral countryside near the Welsh-English border
  • Upper Ceiriog Trail - This is a circular cycling or walking trail through the countryside around Llanarmon Dyffryn Ceiriog near Wrexham
  • Chirk Castle - Explore the gardens an wider estate surrounding this 13th century castle in Wrexham
  • Shropshire Union Canal - Travel from the ourskirts of Wolverhampton to Ellesmere Port on this long distance waterside walk along the Shropshire Union Canal.
    The route starts at Autherley Junction in the Oxley area of Wolverhampton

Photos

25 Pounder field gun in Cae Glas memorial garden - geograph.org.uk - 1567757

25 Pounder field gun in Cae Glas memorial garden

Old Racecourse and the 'Janus Horse', Oswestry - geograph.org.uk - 903848

Old Racecourse and the 'Janus Horse', Oswestry

Old Grandstand Oswestry Race Course - geograph.org.uk - 914310

Old Grandstand Oswestry Race Course

Offa's Dyke Path through the Old Racecourse, Oswestry - geograph.org.uk - 904728

Offa's Dyke Path through the Old Racecourse, Oswestry

Offa's Dyke Path in Candy Woods - geograph.org.uk - 914297

Offa's Dyke Path in Candy Woods

Offa's Dyke Path on Craig Forda - geograph.org.uk - 903823

Offa's Dyke Path on Craig Forda

Cottage by the River Morda - geograph.org.uk - 914290

Cottage by the River Morda

View up the Morda Valley - geograph.org.uk - 913272

View up the Morda Valley

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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