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St Chad's Church

Shrewsbury

Self-guided walks for the Curious...

Explore Shrewsbury town centre with two self-guided heritage walks with a treasure hunt theme. Discover Shrewsbury's "hidden treasures" whilst having a fun day out with family and friends!
Shrewsbury is a market town whose centre is defined by a large loop of the River Severn which surrounds it. Within the loop are higgledy-piggledy streets, timber-framed buildings, a castle dating back to the 11th century, a 16th century market hall where Welsh wool was once traded, and a 29 acre park with a formal floral masterpiece called The Dingle. To cross the Severn there's Welsh Bridge, or alternatively you can use English Bridge to reach the imposing and celebrated Shrewsbury Abbey.

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Curious About... Shrewsbury

  • An exploration of Shrewsbury's town centre with two self-guided heritage walks with an optional treasure hunt. Completing the treasure hunt keeps everyone actively engaged, and urges you to look up, down and every which-way - so you won't miss out on any of the town's treasures.
    Explore, Discover, and Enjoy!
  • Most clues are chosen for their historical value, so you'll learn about the diverse culture, significant people and extraordinary events which have influenced Shrewsbury in becoming what it is today.
  • This is an outdoor, unsupervised activity - so you can go at a pace which suits you, whilst keeping you healthy!
  • A Curious About walk is a fun and social activity for all the family and friends. Different people can take on different roles - follow the map, identify picture clues, read directions, etc - it's ideal for children from the age of 6, and if you can walk/wheelchair it, you're young enough!
  • The two walks have been designed so that the second one follows on from where the first one ends. Do both, or have a breather and do the second one another day! They both start and finish in the heart of the town - so buses, trains and car parks are easily available to get you there and back.

1. Castle to Quarry Park - 1.5 miles / 2.4 kms
From Shrewsbury castle, dating back a thousand years, say hello to Charles Darwin – Shrewsbury’s most famous son. Travel down narrow streets alongside ancient churches, and the Tudor houses which make Shrewsbury so famous. See the Old Market Hall, a fabulous icon of the town’s trading past, before heading out to Quarry Park, and The Dingle, a lovingly landscaped sunken garden. Time for a rest, or playtime for the kids!
1.5 hoursOK but diversion maybe needed

2. Quarry Park to Abbey - 1.25 miles / 2 kms
From the resplendent Dingle, make your way past the unusual 18th century St Chad’s church, before coming across its 12th century predecessor. Now walk beside the 13th century town walls, and up narrow passageways to Tudor Shrewsbury. Across English Bridge, with spectacular views of the River Severn, you finally arrive at Shrewsbury Abbey, inspiration for many, including the world-renowned Cadfael mysteries.
1.25 hoursOK but diversion maybe needed

Each booklet has a page dedicated to the history of the town and 2 pages summarising each walk with suggestions on what to visit along the way. Walk 1 has 21 clues & walk 2 has 14 - both with detailed directions to follow. There are interesting stories about important people, places & events along the way; detailed instructions on how to find a clue if you're stuck; and a comprehensive map with the routes marked on.
Buy a booklet by clicking on the Add to Basket button, then either checkout, or continue shopping. Checkout takes you through payments via a quick & secure process managed by a third-party company called SendOwl. At the end of the payment process SendOwl will email you a confirmation email (inc download link if relevant).

Downloads
You have 14 days to complete your download, and up to 3 attempts are permitted. If you buy the print-at-home version you will need to print it on normal A4 paper and the email you receive, with the download link, explains how best to fold the pages to make it into an A5 booklet. If you buy the download to mobile version you will need pdf reading software on your phone or tablet, eg using the Adobe Acrobat App (free).

Printed Copy
The booklet has a flexible cover, which has been professionally printed. The inside pages are printed to order, to ensure that they are as up-to-date as possible. We post booklets out 1st class Royal Mail, usually the same, or next working day. A small postage & packing charge is added.

"What a charming place Shrewsbury is - really quaint - and the walks helped us find so much. Great idea, so novel! We'll definitely be doing some more.."


Latest Revision : March 2021


Shrewsbury

Places you'll pass along the way - tap an image for more detail