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A gentle and pleasant walk bridging the Welsh, English border with view of the majestic hilltop Montgomery Castle and views of faraway Shropshire hills.

 

Distance:                            3 miles / 4.8 km

 

Start location:                  Public car park at the entrance to Maldwyn Way (on B4385 leading toward Bishops Castle)

Start Grid Ref:                  SO 22472 96297

What Three Words:        w3w.co/nuns.vowed.half

Start

  • From the town edge car park, bordering playing fields, make your way toward the town centre. With Montgomery's Town Hall, an exceptional example of a large Georgian Town and Market Hall built in 1748 to the design of William Baker of Audlem. At the end of Broad Street on your left, turn right onto Church Bank and if joining the route in the town centre, blend your journey here.

 

  • Explore the church grounds, with its sunken entrance path and grassy banks towering above, pass the church and just before leaving the churchyard take a look at the unassuming Robbers Grave of John Davies, wrongly accused and hanged, he claimed to have declared that no grass would grow on his grave for a hundred years as a sign of his innocence.

 

  • Leaving the church grounds turn right and almost immediately head downwards to meet Church Bank, passing Heale House and the school, and onwards until reaching Chirbury Road. Follow the pavement to your right, passing the fire station and heading toward the edge of the town.

 

  • As fields replace dwellings, turn right onto Lymore Park Lane and look upward to the castle, hovering on the hilltop. In fields to your left capture remnants of Middle Age earthworks of ridge and furrow farming. Approaching the lake and as the road curves to the right, turn left toward the red house and cross the field between the house and the trees, toward the far right hand corner where a stile takesyour route into the adjoining field.

 

  • Follow the treeline with the stream to your right and onwards to further fields, joining the National Trail to the right where views of the Shropshire hills open up to your left as you balance your border wanderings along Offa’s Dyke Path.

 

  • Meeting the road, leave Offa’s Dyke Path and turn right into the late 17th century Lymore Park, a well-preserved and attractive deer and landscape park, set on rolling ground with its scattering of ancient oaks and earthworks of what were previously ponds amongst the woodland.

 

  • Shortly after the farm buildings and with a pond to your right, leave the road to follow a bridleway with its avenue to trees back toward the car park and toward the small town with a big history, where time seems to stand still but there’s much to discover.

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Parking available in the car park at the start of the walk.

 

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General

Explore Montgomery, it’s castle and the magical trove of Bunners Hardware store

 

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