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Photographer: Brian Horisk/AdventureArt, Fife, Scotland

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Brown Moss is situated just a few miles South of Whitchurch. It's one of North Shropshire’s 'Meres and Mosses' that characteristic of the area. Brown Moss contains many rare and endangered species including Great Crested Newts, and is consequently designated as a Local Nature Reserve, Site of Special Scientific Interest, Special Area of Conservation and a RAMSAR site. Some visitors may find it difficult to complete the circular walk, particularly during winter when the paths can become rather muddy. The paths around the Nature Reserve are level but unsurfaced, uneven and boggy in places. However the site is bordered by a quiet tarmac road with good views of the water. There is road-side parking available. A pleasant picnic area is located in the meadow, just a short walk from the car park.

Surveyed by: , May 2011 (Spring)
Accessibility Rating: 5More Information
Distance: 1.5 km

Public Transport: No
Car Park: There are two car parks to Brown Moss. The main one provides access for approximately 20 cars and overlooks the Mere. There are no spaces designated for visitors with disabilities.
Steps: A number of step level changes appear when the path leads on to boardwalks.
Barriers: No
Toilets: No

Full Profile

Brown Moss is 2 miles / 3.2 km south east of Whitchurch off the A41. It is well signposted from the south-bound carriageway.

Grid reference SJ 563 396

Direction Brown Moss is 2 miles / 3.2 km south east of Whitchurch off the A41. It is well signposted from the south-bound carriageway. Grid reference SJ 563 396

The car park is soft, unsurfaced, uneven and therefore not suitable for wheelchairs or mobility scooters. The right-hand edge of the car park is bordered by a shallow ditch that might make access difficult for some visitors. There is a gentle slope directly in front of the car park leading down to the water's edge.

Seat The car park is soft, unsurfaced, uneven and therefore not suitable for wheelchairs or mobility scooters. The right-hand edge of the car park is bordered by a shallow ditch that might make access difficult for some visitors. There is a gentle slope directly in front of the car park leading down to the water's edge.

Just a short way from the car park through the woodland is a pleasant, open meadow.

Direction Just a short way from the car park through the woodland is a pleasant, open meadow.

From the meadow follow the waymark posts.

Direction From the meadow follow the waymark posts.

Seating is available at the top end of the meadow.

Seat Seating is available at the top end of the meadow.

The path width is reduced by encroaching vegetation.

Width The path width is reduced by encroaching vegetation.

There are several boardwalks along the path, most of which contain step level changes.

Step There are several boardwalks along the path, most of which contain step level changes.

Continue across the boardwalk and bear left.

Direction Continue across the boardwalk and bear left.

Although un-surfaced, paths around the site are mostly flat.

Gradient Although un-surfaced, paths around the site are mostly flat.

Bear left.

Direction Bear left.

A narrow boardwalk without handrails.

Obstacle A narrow boardwalk without handrails.

A number of desire lines lead around the site, it can therefore be a little difficult to choose which way to go. Keep going in an anti-clockwise direction.

Visibility A number of desire lines lead around the site, it can therefore be a little difficult to choose which way to go. Keep going in an anti-clockwise direction.

 

Visibility

The path leads to a more open area as it leaves the woodland.

Direction The path leads to a more open area as it leaves the woodland.

Beehive Cottage.

Feature of Interest Beehive Cottage.

Bear left at Beehive Cottage.

Direction Bear left at Beehive Cottage.

 

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At this waymark post, bear left.

Direction At this waymark post, bear left.

 

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Another boardwalk bridges a muddy area.

Step Another boardwalk bridges a muddy area.

 

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A longer section of boardwalk at the southern end of Brown Moss

Step A longer section of boardwalk at the southern end of Brown Moss

The boardwalk contains a break onto un-surfaced path.

Path The boardwalk contains a break onto un-surfaced path.

View across Brown Moss.

View View across Brown Moss.

Follow the path in an anti-clockwise direction back towards the car park.

Direction Follow the path in an anti-clockwise direction back towards the car park.

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Brown Moss Phototrail

 

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