Taken from Favourite walks around Oswestry and the Borders by Bob Kimber Chairman, Oswestry Group, the Ramblers
When contemplating walking in Shropshire, most people will probably first think of the Long Mynd, the South Shropshire Hills, Wenlock Edge, the Wrekin and the Stiperstones. However, to the far north-west of the county, the historic border market town of Oswestry nestles against the Oswestry Uplands in an area that has Wales to the west, north and south. The area was once in Wales and still is true border country where many villages in England have Welsh names and Welsh is commonly heard spoken, particularly on market days. It is a very special area, where Wales meets what we think of as ‘our forgotten bit of Shropshire’. This is wonderful and very varied walking country. Immediately to the east of the town lies the relatively flat Shropshire plain, where, in addition to quiet country lanes and a network of field paths, there is ample opportunity for leisurely rambles along the towpaths of the Montgomery, Ellesmere and Llangollen canals. The Oswestry Uplands to the west of the town stretch from Llanymynech Rocks in the south, to Chirk, just over the river Ceiriog into Wales; the long distance Offa’s Dyke Path follows the line of these hills. There are some spectacular distant views across much of Shropshire and into Wales from the high points on this ridge. Then there are the two little-known but beautiful river valleys close by in neighbouring Wales. To the south, the Tanat valley wanders through farming country from the foothills of the Berwyn Mountains. The narrower Ceiriog valley stretches from the village of Llanarmon Dyffryn Ceiriog, deep in the same foothills, downstream to Chirk, and on to join the Dee. Walking up onto the open hills from Llanarmon DC and other places along the Ceiriog will keep you fit and provide wide views of the Berwyns and, on good days, some of the more distant Welsh mountain peaks. We have compiled this short book of walks in order to introduce ramblers to the very special, unspoilt and quiet, rural places where we love to walk and enjoy the countryside.
We hope that you too will soon come to understand why we are so proud of our Oswestry Ramblers’ area.