GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Whittington Walks

11 miles (17 km)

This Shropshire village near Oswestry has a historic moated castle and some fine canalside trails to try nearby. There's also an ancient 16th century inn to rest and relax in afterwards.
This circular walk from the village visits the castle before heading into the countryside to meet with the Llangollen Canal and Montgomery Canal branches of the Shropshire Union Canal. The photogenic 13th century castle includes a moat and 12 acres of lovely grounds. It's a lovely place for a stroll with meadows, flowers, picnic lawns and a variety of waterfowl to see.
The route starts in the village and first explores the castle grounds.
You then follow footpaths north to Fern Lees and Hindford where you meet up with the Llangollen Canal. Follow the towpath east and it will take you to Paddock Bridge, Pollett's Bridge and the pretty Maestermyn Marina. You continue to Lower Frankton where you meet with the Montgomery Canal, following it south past Frankton Locks to Keeper's Bridge. Here you leave the canal and head west to Middleton before turning north to return to the village.

Postcode

SY11 4DF - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

Whittington OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Whittington Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Walks near Whittington

  • Llangollen Canal - Enjoy a waterside walk or cycle along the Llangollen Canal
  • Montgomery Canal - Enjoy easy waterside cycling and walking along the Montgomery Canal through Powys and Shropshire
  • 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
  • Oswestry - This large market town near the Welsh border has some nice walking trails to try to the west
  • Nesscliffe Hill Country Park - Enjoy woodland trails, heather covered hills and wonderful views over the Shropshire countryside and Welsh hills in this country park near Shrewsbury.
  • Llanymynech Hill and Rocks Walk - This walk climbs to Llanymynech Hill and Asterley Rocks above the village of Llanymynech in Powys, Wales.
  • Glyn Ceiriog - This delightful riverside village is a great base for exploring the beautiful Ceiriog Valleyin north-east Wales.
  • Chirk Castle - Explore the gardens an wider estate surrounding this 13th century castle in Wrexham.
  • Ellesmere Lake - Enjoy a short walk along Ellesmere Lake in this Shropshire based country park

Pubs/Cafes

Back in the village head to Ye Olde Boot Inn for some refreshments after your walk. The 16th century pub is located in a fine spot opposite the castle and moat. You can find them at postcode SY11 4DF for your sat navs.

Dog Walking

The country and canal side trails make for a fine dog walk. The castle grounds are also dog friendly, though you are asked to please keep them on leads.

Photos

Whittington Castle - geograph.org.uk - 558764

Whittington Castle. The gatehouse shown here is only 200 years old, but the fortifications were started about 500 BC and a stockade was built in the 7th century AD. The castle was rebuilt in stone in 1221 AD by the Fitz-Warin family (who may have been partly the inspiration for the Robin Hood Stories). Although only a few parts of the castle remain, the site is charismatic and beautiful, especially after a recent facelift aided by a large lottery grant. It is worth seeing lit up at night.

Whittington - castle moat - geograph.org.uk - 2334182

The moat

Looking north up Castle Street, Whittington - geograph.org.uk - 2334206

Looking north up Castle Street, Whittington

'Ye Olde Boote Inn' at Whittington - geograph.org.uk - 1027760

Ye Olde Boote Inn at Whittington

Maestermyn Marine - geograph.org.uk - 1006537

Maestermyn Marina. Just west of Maestermyn Bridge is this boatyard operating a fleet of hire boats and offering a range of services to boaters.

Montgomery Canal, Frankton Locks - geograph.org.uk - 130746

Montgomery Canal, Frankton Locks

Montgomery Canal at Frankton Junction - geograph.org.uk - 551956

Montgomery Canal at Frankton Junction. The Montgomery Canal, which joins the Llangollen Canal, was originally the main line, while the Llangollen section was a water feeder. Navigation on the Montgomery Canal became impossible after a very serious breach occurred in 1936 and it has remained closed ever since, but is now being restored and one day will be navigable again. The Montgomery Canal falls through the still-derelict Frankton Locks from this junction.

Graham Palmer Lock, Montgomery Canal - geograph.org.uk - 1002720

Graham Palmer Lock, Montgomery Canal. This shallow lock was not part of the canal's original infrastructure but had to be built as part of the restoration project to compensate for ground subsidence. It is named after Graham Palmer, founder of the Waterway Recovery Group, who worked tirelessly to restore the canal.

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