GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Wem Walks

12 miles (19 km)

This pleasant market town in Shropshire has a couple of waymarked trails passing through it. You can use these waymarked paths to explore some attractive Shropshire countryside or enjoy waterside paths along the Roden River which runs through the town.
This circular walk from the town uses sections of the Shropshire Way to visit the historic Moreton Corbet Castle and the nearby viewpoint at Grinshill.
The walk starts at the train station where you can pick up the Shropshire Way and follow the waymarked footpath south east to Lee Brockhurst and the Lee Hills. Here you'll find a pleasant area of mixed woodland owned by the National Trust.
The route continues south to Papermill Bank, Stanton Upon Hine Heath and Moreton Corbet. Here you'll find the atmospheric ruins of a 16th century house and 12th century medieval gatehouse.
The route then heads west to Acton Reynald and Grinshill. The village is a nice place for a walk with a viewpoint on Grinshill and woodland trails through the adjacent Corbet Wood.
The route then heads north through the countryside to Oaklands before crossing the River Roden and returning to Wem.

Wem OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Wem Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


The Castle Hotel is a good option for some post refreshment back in the town. This recently renovated coaching house dates back over 400 years. It has a nice olde worlde feel with exposed woodwork to the wall and ceilings, wood panelling, local historical photographs and a cosy stove burner. Outside there's a nice patio area for warmer weather. You can find them on the High Street with a postcode of SY4 5AA for your sat navs.

Dog Walking

The country and woodland trails on the route make for a fine dog walk. The Castle Hotel mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

You can pick up a riverside footpath heading west from the town to visit the Ruewood Meadow Nature Reserve. The reserve is situated on the River Roden and a good place for some birdwatching near the town. There's also wet meadows and lovely widflowers to see during the spring. You can find the reserve 1 mile from the town at postcode SY4 5SH for your sat navs.
A few miles north of the town you can pick up the Llangollen Canal. You could follow the towpath west to visit Ellesmere Lake and Colemere Country Park where there are more nice waterside walking trails to try. Along the canal from Colemere there's also the Fenns, Whixall and Bettisfield Mosses National Nature Reserve. The noteworthy reserve straddles the border between England and Wales. It is a significant site being one of thebiggest and best raised bogs in Britain. The area is great for flora and fauna and also includes the old Ellesmere Canal.
A few miles to the east is the worthy village of Hodnet where you could pay a visit to the delightful Hodnet Hall Gardens. There's 60 acres to explore with lakes, bluebell woodland, a Water Garden and a Kitchen Garden the highlights. The historic village also includes a noteworthy Norman church and a fine pub dating to the 16th century.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Shropshire Walks page.


Church Hall, High Street, Wem - - 345064

Church Hall, High Street, Wem. This was built in the early 19C as a market hall, at which time the ground floor was open and used by stall-holders.

Market Street, Wem - - 594575

Market Street, Wem. In 1202 a grant from King John permitted Wem to hold a market on a Sunday and on the Feast of St Peter until Sunday markets were forbidden in 1351 and the market day changed to Thursday.

The Ditches Hall near Wem, Shropshire (geograph 5238086)

The Ditches Hall near Wem. A listed building

Gabled houses, Mill Street, Wem - - 345103

Gabled houses, Mill Street. A symmetrical design, except that the larger central house has a door to a through passage on one side and a window on the other. The ground-floor window lintels have A little diamond-shaped decoration.

Timber-framed house, High Street, Wem - - 345061

Timber-framed house, High Street. Built in 1677, next-door to the house with the bow windows.

Moreton Corbet Castle - - 1500014

Moreton Corbet Castle

Grinshill Trig Point - - 864262

Grinshill Trig Point

River Roden and Wem Milll

River Roden and Wem Milll. The River Roden in Wem has long been the site of a mill, largely used for grinding corn.

GPS Files

GPX File

Wem.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Wem.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)