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Photographer: Brian Horisk/AdventureArt, Fife, Scotland

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Battlefield Heritage Park is the site of the Battle of Shrewsbury fought between King Henry IV and the rebel Henry Percy (commonly called Harry Hotspur) in 1403. The site is located just off the A49/A53 intersection near Shrewsbury (Explorer Map 241, Grid Reference 507168). For most part, the paths are well-surfaced across a level gradient. During wet weather visitors may find that in some areas the paths are rough, uneven and narrow. There are a number of gates to negotiate along the trails and the kissing gate at the entrance may restrict wheelchair users.

Surveyed by: Joe Penfold, January 2011 (Winter)
Accessibility Rating: 4More Information
Distance: 2.1 km

Public Transport: No
Car Park: No
Steps: No
Barriers: No
Toilets: No
A short path on a minor incline leads from the car park to the site entrance.

CarPark A short path on a minor incline leads from the car park to the site entrance.

Visitor information and orientation is provided at the site entrance. The map board is sited over rough ground which some visitors may find difficult to access.

Start Visitor information and orientation is provided at the site entrance. The map board is sited over rough ground which some visitors may find difficult to access.

The kissing-gate at the entrance to Battlefield is restrictive. Wheelchairs users will find this difficult to enter due to the dimensions of the wooden enclosure.

Gate The kissing-gate at the entrance to Battlefield is restrictive. Wheelchairs users will find this difficult to enter due to the dimensions of the wooden enclosure.

The enclosure measures 1000mm wide from post-to-post and 1000mm from the edge of the gate to the back of the enclosure.

Gate The enclosure measures 1000mm wide from post-to-post and 1000mm from the edge of the gate to the back of the enclosure.

There is another entrance to the site on the left-hand side of the car park.

Path There is another entrance to the site on the left-hand side of the car park.

Access is restricted by the shape of the kissing gate. The internal measurement is 1000mm, meaning that wheelchair users are unlikely to get through.

Gate Access is restricted by the shape of the kissing gate. The internal measurement is 1000mm, meaning that wheelchair users are unlikely to get through.

Inside the gate, steps lead to the viewing mound.

Step Inside the gate, steps lead to the viewing mound.

Bear right for a more accessible route up to the viewing mound.

Direction Bear right for a more accessible route up to the viewing mound.

The path has not been maintained and has consequently narrowed to approximately 800mm in its width.

Width The path has not been maintained and has consequently narrowed to approximately 800mm in its width.

The gradient measures approximately 4% (1:25).

Gradient The gradient measures approximately 4% (1:25).

A spiral path reduces the gradient up to the viewing mound. Turn left here.

Direction A spiral path reduces the gradient up to the viewing mound. Turn left here.

The unmaintained path becomes rough and overgrown.

Surface The unmaintained path becomes rough and overgrown.

The spiral path bisects the steps.

Path The spiral path bisects the steps.

The summit of the viewing mound.

View The summit of the viewing mound.

Historical information about the Battlefield is found at the summit of the viewing mound.

Feature of Interest Historical information about the Battlefield is found at the summit of the viewing mound.

Seating provides visitors with views of the ancient battleground and St. Mary's church in the distance.

Seat Seating provides visitors with views of the ancient battleground and St. Mary's church in the distance.

The spiral path leads in the opposite direction, leading down towards the main path into the site.

Path The spiral path leads in the opposite direction, leading down towards the main path into the site.

Parts of the path are accessed over rough, uneven ground.

Surface Parts of the path are accessed over rough, uneven ground.

Turn right here to gain the main path.

Direction Turn right here to gain the main path.

Puddles on the path are likely during periods of wet weather.

Surface Puddles on the path are likely during periods of wet weather.

The path follows the field boundary, bearing right.

Direction The path follows the field boundary, bearing right.

Bear left on the main path.

Direction Bear left on the main path.

The path width is reduced by encroaching vegetation and averages 1000mm.

Width The path width is reduced by encroaching vegetation and averages 1000mm.

View of St. Mary's church.

View View of St. Mary's church.

Continue straight-on with the hedgerow on your right hand side.

Path Continue straight-on with the hedgerow on your right hand side.

The path is in good condition on this part of the trail.

Path The path is in good condition on this part of the trail.

The first gates encountered on the trail.

Gate The first gates encountered on the trail.

The field-gate (on the right hand side of the picture) remains locked. The wicket gate has no latch and the measures 900mm in width.

Gate The field-gate (on the right hand side of the picture) remains locked. The wicket gate has no latch and the measures 900mm in width.

Continue straight-on and bear right to the next set of gates.

Direction Continue straight-on and bear right to the next set of gates.

There is 900mm clearance through the wicket-gate.

Gate There is 900mm clearance through the wicket-gate.

Continue straight-on towards St.Mary's church.

Direction Continue straight-on towards St.Mary's church.

 

Path

Another double set of gates appears before the Church. As before, the field-gate has been padlocked. The wicket gate, however, is hinged so that it opens in both directions which is easier for wheelchair users to operate.

Gate Another double set of gates appears before the Church. As before, the field-gate has been padlocked. The wicket gate, however, is hinged so that it opens in both directions which is easier for wheelchair users to operate.

The path width narrows to approximately 600mm on the approach to the Church.

Width The path width narrows to approximately 600mm on the approach to the Church.

Another gated access point to the Church.

Gate Another gated access point to the Church.

Interpretation at St. Mary's church.

Information Interpretation at St. Mary's church.

View of St. Mary's.

View View of St. Mary's.

This kissing-gate at the entrance to the Church is very restrictive. A cross-rail connects the two upper rails of the wooden enclosure and the internal dimensions will not allow wheelchair access.

Gate This kissing-gate at the entrance to the Church is very restrictive. A cross-rail connects the two upper rails of the wooden enclosure and the internal dimensions will not allow wheelchair access.

The first of two benches found on the trail.

Seat The first of two benches found on the trail.

Cross the boardwalk and continue straight-on.

Direction Cross the boardwalk and continue straight-on.

 

Path

 

Path

The second of two benches found on the trail.

Seat The second of two benches found on the trail.

A double set of gates have been erected  to control livestock.

Gate A double set of gates have been erected to control livestock.

A short boardwalk spans the field ditch involving a step level rise of approximately 15mm.

Step A short boardwalk spans the field ditch involving a step level rise of approximately 15mm.

There is narrow clearance through the wicket-gate. The gate is hinged so that it opens in both directions, which makes it more accessible to wheelchair users.

Gate There is narrow clearance through the wicket-gate. The gate is hinged so that it opens in both directions, which makes it more accessible to wheelchair users.

The path across the field is noticeably narrower than the rest of the trail (measuring approximately 700mm). Puddling across the path was also evident during the survey.

Width The path across the field is noticeably narrower than the rest of the trail (measuring approximately 700mm). Puddling across the path was also evident during the survey.

 

Path

Mud and rough ground on the approach to the next set of gates.

Surface Mud and rough ground on the approach to the next set of gates.

This path connects onto the main path. Go left and retrace the route to return to the car park.

Direction This path connects onto the main path. Go left and retrace the route to return to the car park.

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