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.
PostcodeSY11 4DF - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations
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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 Valley in 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
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.
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.