Welcome to Whitchurch Walkers
Walking in and around
Whitchurch Shropshire - a Walkers are Welcome town
|Overton and the River Dee
Meet 10am at Sherry Mill Hill or 10.30am at Overton-on-Dee village car park for our 7 mile walk.
From the car park, where toilets are available, we will walk through the adjacent churchyard whose ancient yews are listed amongst the Seven Wonders of Wales.
Leaving the village, we will descend to the Dee flood plain using the Maelor Way to the river. Picking up the Wat's Dyke Way, we will follow the river through fields and woods towards Overton Bridge. We will pass Erbistock Mill and Weir. Then, after crossing the main road, we will head north past Asney Park Farm the home of Woodlands Icecream. We will then rejoin the river to Argoed where there is short but steep ascent with steps to take us off the flood plain.
We will then head back to Overton-on-Dee. After walk refreshments at The White Horse in Overton (if it has reopened) or The Hanmer Arms if not.
There is only one unavoidable style and even that is dog-friendly.
|Brown Moss and Back
This 5-6 mile walk to and around Brown Moss gives a chance to explore this Site of Special Scientific Interest. If open, we will stop at the Chef in the Woods for a cuppa.
You are welcome to bring your own refreshments with you, and dogs on leads are welcome.
Details of Previous Walks
About 5 miles out of town to Black Park to Ossmere and back via Brick Kiln Farm. An old favourite but a route we haven’t done for a while.
|A Winter Jaunt: Ash, Brown Moss,
After meeting, we will drive to The White Lion in Ash for a 4-5 mile winter walk taking in Brown Moss and Broughall.
Incorporating Bubney Farm, Hadley Farm and Belton Farm, this walk takes in the rolling scenery around Whitchurch.
|NewYear Bimble - Members Only
Step into 2024 with our regular New Year walk on our local footpaths, followed by a convivial drink and meal in one of our excellent hostelries.
Distance: 4-5 miles.
Dogs on leads welcome.
|Sat 16th Dec 10.00am
|Christmas Walk followed by
Christmas Meal at The Archie
To ring the changes we will take the 10.05 bus  to Prees Heath [The Raven] and walk back via Brown Moss. 4 miles, so there will be a 10.00am start from Whitchurch Bus Station (outside Tesco).
Members can also book to attend the Christmas Meal (see email).
|Sun 10th Dec 09.00am
This 8-mile walk follows the canal towpath to start, then through the tunnel to Chirk. Traversing Chirk Castle grounds to pick up Offas Dyke path, later joining The Shropshire and Maelor Ways to return back to the start.
Due to daylight restrictions at this time of year, this walk will leave Sherrymill Hill car park at the earlier time of 9.00am, so the walk will commence at 10am from Chirk bank.
People should bring torches for the tunnel transit, and then if time gets tight, we will have illumination.
This is a walk of approximately 5 miles exploring the footpaths and wonders of the Whixall area.
Dogs on leads welcome.
|Meres & Woods
After meeting at Sherrymill Hill car park at 10.00, we will car share to Ellesmere then walk along the canal and around Colemere, where the autumn colours should be at their best.
We will walk through Burns Wood to Whitemere and back to the marina via fields and lanes. Easy walking, 7.5 miles, with some stiles.
Suitable clothing for muddy paths and a packed lunch needed.
Dogs welcome but they will need to be lifted over some stiles.
White & Dot Bishop
|Sat 28th Oct 1.30pm
|The 'Prees Circular'
A 5-mile circular walk with excellent views
From Sherry Mill Hill car park we will car share to the walk start point at Prees Cricket and Recreation Club.
Dogs welcome, but dog owners should note that there are some stiles on this walk
and we will have to cross the A49.
|Sun 8th Oct
8.5-mile walk visiting three former mining areas.
After meeting at Sherry Mill Hill, we will drive to Grubbers Ash car park on Blackbank Road just past Alsagers Bank.
From Apedale Country Park we will walk down to Bateswood Nature Reserve and the memorial for the Minnie Pit disaster in 1918. We then climb up to Scot Haye and enter Silverdale Country Park. Then we will return to Apedale and make our way down to the Heritage area, where it is possible to get a cup of tea in the cafe before returning to the car park.
This walk is not suitable for dogs.
Bronington by Bus
Please note that this walk meets at the earlier time of 12.30pm at Whitchurch bus station (Tesco’s), to catch the 12.40pm 146 Wrexham bus to Bronington.
We will then walk the 6.5 easy miles (only one incline) back via The Moss, Fenns Bank, Blackhoe and canal, arriving in Whitchurch around 4.30pm.
Suitable for dogs. Please bring a drink and snack. Bus tickets cost £3.10 without a bus pass.
|Dot Bishop & Jean White
Thurs 21st Sept
Shropshire Festival of Walks - Whixall Moss* - Meet at Whixall Social Centre (not Sherrymill Hill)
A 7.5 mile moderate walk on rural lanes, footpaths and the Shropshire Way with a section across Whixall Moss and a stop at the Whixall Marina cafe on the way. Some soft ground to be expected so walking shoes/boots a must and poles recommended.
Lunch stop at the cafe but bring drinks and packed lunch if you prefer.
Meet at Whixall Social Centre, Church Lane, Whixall, SY13 2NA for 10:00 start. GR SJ 517 345, What3Words: applauded.alarming.eyeful. £3 per car parking charge to be donated to the centre’s running costs. Please bring correct change
From Sherrymill Hill car park we will car share to the small car park at Lee Brockhurst Memorial.
Using a mixture of old green lanes, footpaths and quiet roads, this 8-mile walk includes an extended lunch break amidst the romantic ruins of Moreton Corbet Castle offering time to explore the ruins and the church.
This walk is deemed easy to moderate, with no facilities.
Suitable for dogs. Packed lunch required.
Grindley Brook and Back
Starting at Sherrymill Hill car park, this 6-mile walk will head out to Grindley Brook along the canal. Then to Llethr Mill along part of the Llwybr Maelor Way, passing Wolvesacre Hall and Bubney.
Dogs are welcome on this walk, but there are a few stiles. Please bring a drink.
Severn Way & Rea Brook Valley loop – by train*
Please note that this walk meets at Whitchurch rail station [free parking] at 10.20am to catch the 10.32am train to Shrewsbury.
This 9 mile walk will go in a counter-clockwise direction leaving Shrewsbury station just after 11am. From there we will go straight down to the river, walking upstream to the English Bridge which we will cross and then pass Shrewsbury Abbey to the old Abbey Station. We will then follow the Rea Brook Valley LNR before joining what was once the route of the Severn Valley railway line.
Lunch will be taken at about 12.30pm at the Springfield Mere Countryside Site. No morning break is planned so, if like me, you want a mid-morning drink, please have it on the train. There will then a bit of pavement walking to Emstrey where we join the Severn Way. We then follow the River Severn upstream for several miles through some quite varied country ranging from arable fields to steep-sided woodland. There are good view of Haughmond and Uffington. At Ditherington, we cross the river to the north bank and complete the walk via the Shropshire Way. Near the end, we should have time for a refreshment stop at either the Weir Café or the Dog & Pheasant in Castlefields before catching the 16.24 train back to Whitchurch.
There are no stiles and unlikely to be more than a few cattle so it should be suitable for anyone wishing to bring a dog[s].
Packed lunch required.
Sat 29th July
Fields & Fairways and Farther Afield
This 5-mile (approx.) walk initially follows Walk 1 from our book of walks, but from Fairy Glen it goes out to Grindley Brook, then returns along the canal and through Greenfields LNR.
'Around and About'
This 7-mile walk is a dog friendly walk following the Stockton Walk out to Danson’s Wood, along the canal and past part of Bubney Farm. Please bring lunch/refreshments with you.
No cars required.
Weds 21st June
|Chairman’s Midsummer Meander
A local walk of about 4 miles of the Chairman’s choosing. This mystery meander will always end at a local hostelry for a convivial get-together.
Sat 24th June
|Ash, Melverley Meadows,
Ightfield, Ash Parva*
This 5-mile circular walk across undulating, easy countryside will start from Ash village hall at 1.45pm. The walk will take in the wildflowers of Melverley Meadows Nature Reserve en route to Ightfield church, before returning to Ash. There will be a short drink break.
Dogs are welcome on this walk, but there are stiles
Llanymynech and Pant
Meet at Sherrymill Hill car park to travel to walk start at a very small car park in Underhill Lane, Pant. The approximately 8.5 mile walk will take us up onto Llanymynech hill and over the golf course to Llynclys Common and join Offas Dyke path, then on to Carreghofa. The return route will include a canal walk and the aqueduct over the river Vyrnwy. There are a lot of climbs, but not too many stiles.
Packed lunch required. Not suitable for dogs.
Hanmer Mere Circuit
This 5-mile circular walk from Hanmer Mere takes in the “hidden lake” and hopefully some bluebells. With rolling countryside and some green lanes, this easy walk offers some really lovely views.
Suitable for dogs. Please bring a drink.
|12-14th May 2023 Walking Festival
Higher Burwardsley, Peckforton And Beeston Mosses*
Meet at the earlier time of 1.00pm to travel to Burwardsley Candle Workshop Car park.
The walk will be 7 miles on good footpaths and tracks. The terrain is gently undulating pastureland, woodland and the Peckforton and Beeston mosses with lovely views and very few stiles.
Suitable for dogs but note stiles. Please bring a drink.
Haughmond Abbey & Forest Ramble*
This 8-mile walk consists of fields & woodland paths with only one medium/steep ascent. Please note the earlier start time to drive to Haughmond Forest car park (£4 charge). Largely following The Shropshire Way where we may see bluebells and various wildlife, this walk takes in the evocative ruins of Haughmond Abbey.
There may even be time for a cuppa at Pine Tops Café.
Tues 28th Mar
|Annual General Meeting, Speaker,
and Social at the Archibald Worthington Club
Doors open at 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start. Speaker: Martyn Bracegirdle on “The Cheshire Circuit” which passes through Whitchurch and links the Sandstone Trail to the Weaver Way.
Bring and share buffet.(use paper plates). There will also be a lucky dip.
|Whixall and Bettisfield Mosses*
Easy level walking across the mosses, with possibly some muddy areas, 5.5 miles. Gaiters might be useful.
Meet at Sherrymill Hill carpark for car sharing and drive to Morris' Bridge car park, Whixall from where walk will leave at 1.30pm (Map ref: SJ 49325 35407 What3words: rely.beaten.ushering).
The mosses are a very atmospheric place any time of the year.
|Two Mosses Return*
A walk of 8 miles (subject to changes due to weather) circling Wem & Cadney Mosses towards Bettisfield.
Meet at Sherrymill Hill carpark for car sharing and drive to Morris’ Bridge car park, Whixall from where walk will leave at 10.30 (Map ref: SJ 49325 35407 What3words: rely.beaten.ushering).
Drinks & packed lunches required. Suitable walking boots required and gaiters recommended.
|Sat 25th Feb
Prees - Walk No. 2*
Prees walk No 2 starts at Prees Village Hall (lifts from Sherrymill Hill are available - please register). This is an earlier start time to ensure the walk finishes before dark.
This is a 6.5 miles circular walk crossing fields to Soulton Hall (with views of the Long Barrow) before passing via Brook House towards Prees Green. From Maynard's Farm Shop we cross the A49 to enter Lower Heath and return to Prees via Prees Church.
There are a mixture of stiles and gates (many recently installed by the Prees Walking Group), so the walk should be OK for dog walkers.
NOTE Dog Walkers that we will criss - cross the B5065 a few times, as well as, crossing the A49.
Meet at Sherry Mill Hill car park and car share to Audlem. From Audlem car park, we will embark on an 8 mile circular walk on field paths, tracks, lanes and towpaths.
The circular walk takes in Mill Lane, Bunsley Bank, Sparrowy Spout, Longhill, Highfields, and Coxbank.
There are some stiles and sheep in fields. Packed lunch needed and suitable footwear.
Note: advise car sharing as works in Audlem car park have significantly reduced parking capacity
|Jean White & Dot Bishop
|Sat 28th Jan
Friendly "Winters Tail" Walk
This lovely and mainly dry 5.5 mile walk takes us over Shropshire countryside and leafy lanes.
The walk starts from Sherry Mill Hill car park and then on to the outskirts of the Nature Reserve and then onto part of the Sandstone Trail towards Broughall with a hardstanding walk from the Moss.
From here, the walk will then lead us towards Edgeley Road and the Hatton Way back to the car park via Jubilee Park.
There are three easy stiles which are dog friendly (dogs must be put on the lead on public footpaths)
There will be a 10 minute refreshment break and so please bring a drink.
Broughall, Woodhouses, Blakemere
We will meet at Sherry Mill Hill car park for an easy circular walk to blow off the excesses of the festive season, with varied views of Shropshire landscape near Whitchurch including some meres.
There are a number of stiles, and the walk will be approximately 7 miles
Sun 1st Jan
New Year’s Revolution
A brisk 4 -5 mile local bimble to blow away the cobwebs of Christmas around part of the Whitchurch Wheel.
We will meet at Sherry Mill Hill car park and set off at 10am. The aim is to finish about noon and then go to the Cock And Greyhound for a drink.
Anyone wishing to have food will need to order it in advance (by the 30th Dec) directly with the pub. When ordering, please explain that you are with Whitchurch Walkers.
You can place your orders by telephoning the pub on 01948-663413 or emailing email@example.com
Preprandial walk of approximately 3.5 miles south west of Whitchurch with no stiles.
Return to Archibald Worthington Club for [pre-booked] Christmas lunch
A 7 mile walk starting with a climb up to the viewpoint on Lee Hill. After crossing the A49 with care, we walk via Whixhill into Weston under Redcastle and eat lunch. Our return route is by the old coppice and Papermill Bank. Only 1 stile and one field with sheep.
|Jean White, Dot Bishop & Lynn Shimwell
Sun 11th Dec
This walk had to be cancelled or postponed
Primrose Hill & Utkinton*
A mixture of woodland and farmland walking, with good views. There are some modest climbs and occasional rocky ground. There may be some mud in places, after rain.
The walk is 7 1/2 miles.
|Janet Murray & Kim Harding
Sat 26th Nov
|Blackoe & Belton
Approximately 6 miles walk with a mixture of canal towpath, fields and lanes. Through the fields behind Greenfields Nature Reserve and along the canal to the bridge by Blackoe Cottages. Across fields to Blackoe Bridge and along the lane to The Manor before cutting across to Belton.
Good views of the Welsh hills if clear. A mixture of gates and couple of stiles. The stiles are not likely to be suitable for dogs (unless small enough to be lifted over). It's likely to be muddy in places so we may have to take a few detours.
|Ash and Melverley*
An easy 8 mile walk with some lovely views of the Shropshire countryside.
There is a mixture of stiles and gates. The walk starts from Brown Moss, proceeding up to Ash war memorial for remembrance Sunday. From there we go across to Broughall and onto Melverley Meadows skirting the nature reserve. After this we head to near Ightfield and round to Ash Parva which leads back to Brown Moss for tea and cakes at the Café in the Woods.
Sat 29th Oct
On this walk there are many stunning views, and it is an uphill-downhill walk (I would call it a moderately strenuous walk). There are quite a few stiles and some walking on quiet lanes.
Approximately 6 miles.
|Sun 9th Oct 10.00am
Grinshill and Clive
Meet at Sherrymill Hill car park and car share as parking at Corbet Wood is very limited.
From Corbet Wood we walk to the lookout at Grinshill, to Clive Church and to Yorton. Then, we walk via Sansaw to the village of Grinshill, returning to Corbet Wood using permissive paths. We walk through interesting woodland belonging to the Acton Reynald Estate.
Easy walking 7.5 miles.
& Dot Bishop
1. The meeting point for all walks is Sherry Mill Hill car park, unless otherwise stated.
2. Saturday walks will be 5 or 6 miles,
Sunday walks between 8 and 10 miles.
Both may be subject to change depending upon weather, walking conditions and unforeseen circumstances.
3. Offers to lead walks are welcomed; please ask about volunteering and support offered
4. All members are expected to observe the Country Code.
5. Dogs are permitted on walks but MUST be restrained on a lead at the leader’s request and ALWAYS when in fields containing livestock.
6. In all matters relating to any walk, the leader’s decision is final.
7. Junior members (14+ years) are welcome and under must be accompanied by an adult.
8. Members are reminded that they are on walks entirely at their own risk.
9. On Sunday walks, bring packed lunch and – unless a pub stop is indicated – a drink.
10. Please wear suitable footwear – fields are often very muddy.
11. Please bring your car if available for all “away from home” walks.
12. The cost of transport for “away from home” walks should be shared by members at a rate of 15 per mile per car. Drivers can donate this to club funds if they wish.
13. Members are requested not to walk in front of the leader.
14. People with a known medical condition should be aware that group leaders may have a basic First Aid knowledge but cannot take responsibility for existing medical conditions. If a condition could manifest itself on a walk, the walker should inform the leader beforehand [verbally or in writing].
Any further queries please contact
Malcolm 01948 663069 / 07746 687242,
Peter 07808 862286 or Baz 07977 463049.