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Photographer: Brian Horisk/AdventureArt, Fife, Scotland

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Lythwood Community Woodland is a 4 hectare site situated in the parish of Bayston Hill, just a few miles south of Shrewsbury (OS Explorer Map 241 Grid Ref::473084). Members of the community have recently improved the site by planting 2000 broadleaf trees, and by creating a wildlife pond and sensory garden area. Limited parking is available outside the gates, so visitors requiring easier access can obtain a RADAR key to gain entrance to parking inside the reserve (contact Bayston Hill Parish Council for the loan of a RADAR key if you don't have one phone Tel: 01743 874651). Visitors with visual impairments may enjoy the different surfacing on the paths along the sensory planting and the tactile map board. The walk is approximately 500m on well surfaced paths with seating along the way.

Surveyed by: Joe Penfold, January 2011 (Winter)
Accessibility Rating: 2More Information
Distance: 0.5 km

Public Transport: No
Car Park: No
Steps: No
Barriers: No
Toilets: No
To find Lythwood Community Woodland, head South on A5 / A49 Shrewsbury to Leominster Road. After a few miles turn right into Bayston Hill and follow Lythwood Road. At this sign go left and, after passing the allotment, the entrance is on your left.

Path To find Lythwood Community Woodland, head South on A5 / A49 Shrewsbury to Leominster Road. After a few miles turn right into Bayston Hill and follow Lythwood Road. At this sign go left and, after passing the allotment, the entrance is on your left.

There are limited parking opportunities outside the entrance to the site.

CarPark There are limited parking opportunities outside the entrance to the site.

There is parking available inside the gates which are opened with a RADAR key. If you don't have a RADAR key, call Bayston Hill Parish Council on 01743 874651 or email baysonhillpc@hotmail.com who will be happy to assist you.

CarPark There is parking available inside the gates which are opened with a RADAR key. If you don't have a RADAR key, call Bayston Hill Parish Council on 01743 874651 or email baysonhillpc@hotmail.com who will be happy to assist you.

This kissing-gate can be opened two ways: the interior latch allows the gate to open within the limits of the metal enclosure (accessible to most wheelchairs). The other method is to use a RADAR key to unlock the padlock on the slide latch. This allows the gate to open all the way out, past the metal enclosure (suitable for larger mobility vehicles).

Gate This kissing-gate can be opened two ways: the interior latch allows the gate to open within the limits of the metal enclosure (accessible to most wheelchairs). The other method is to use a RADAR key to unlock the padlock on the slide latch. This allows the gate to open all the way out, past the metal enclosure (suitable for larger mobility vehicles).

The field-gate (for vehicular access) is also operated with a slide latch and opened with a  RADAR key.

Gate The field-gate (for vehicular access) is also operated with a slide latch and opened with a RADAR key.

The entrance to the kissing gate is 46

Gate The entrance to the kissing gate is 46"/ 117cm.

The width between the gate and the enclosure is 43

Gate The width between the gate and the enclosure is 43" / 111cm.

There is some loose surface material at the start of the path.

Surface There is some loose surface material at the start of the path.

Parking inside the gate is difficult and access is over rough ground on an uneven surface.

Surface Parking inside the gate is difficult and access is over rough ground on an uneven surface.

As this is a circular walk, visitors can choose which direction to go. At this point, this phototrail turns right, following an anti-clockwise direction.

Direction As this is a circular walk, visitors can choose which direction to go. At this point, this phototrail turns right, following an anti-clockwise direction.

The path width is 1200mm / 1.2metres on a surface that is moderately well compacted.

Surface The path width is 1200mm / 1.2metres on a surface that is moderately well compacted.

The path widens to 2 metres every 50metres along its length. This will allow enough space for two wheelchairs users to pass.

Width The path widens to 2 metres every 50metres along its length. This will allow enough space for two wheelchairs users to pass.

The gradient of the path from this point to the bench (featured in the background) is 8%(1:12), over a distance of approximately 25 metres.

Gradient The gradient of the path from this point to the bench (featured in the background) is 8%(1:12), over a distance of approximately 25 metres.

The bench is set on the hard-surface of the path, allowing easy access. The path width is 2 metres at this point.

Seat The bench is set on the hard-surface of the path, allowing easy access. The path width is 2 metres at this point.

Views of Pontesbury Hill in the distance.

View Views of Pontesbury Hill in the distance.

Just past the bench, the path widens again from 1.2 metres to 2 metres.

Width Just past the bench, the path widens again from 1.2 metres to 2 metres.

The width of the boardwalk  is 1.5 metres. There is a minor step level rise leading form the path.

Surface The width of the boardwalk is 1.5 metres. There is a minor step level rise leading form the path.

The width of the dipping platform, between the handrails, is 1.25 metres.

Feature of Interest The width of the dipping platform, between the handrails, is 1.25 metres.

View from the end of the dipping platform.

View View from the end of the dipping platform.

Another bench is situated just past the boardwalk. As before, the bench is set into the path. The path measurement at this point is 2 metres.

Seat Another bench is situated just past the boardwalk. As before, the bench is set into the path. The path measurement at this point is 2 metres.

View of Pontesbury Hill.

View View of Pontesbury Hill.

Another passing place is provided along the path.

Width Another passing place is provided along the path.

The path meanders toward the sensory garden area.

Path The path meanders toward the sensory garden area.

Paths enclose beds of herbaceous plants where a different colour and texture of surface material is used.

Feature of Interest Paths enclose beds of herbaceous plants where a different colour and texture of surface material is used.

This herbaceous area uses plants with a Taste theme.

Feature of Interest This herbaceous area uses plants with a Taste theme.

There are three more herbaceous borders along the path.

Path There are three more herbaceous borders along the path.

Seating is provided at the next planted area.

Seat Seating is provided at the next planted area.

Bamboo and ornamental grasses are grouped together in the Sound area. The path breaks off onto loose, crunchy gravel which adds to the theme.

Feature of Interest Bamboo and ornamental grasses are grouped together in the Sound area. The path breaks off onto loose, crunchy gravel which adds to the theme.

As before, the path splits between looser-gravelled and a compacted stone surface.

Surface As before, the path splits between looser-gravelled and a compacted stone surface.

This photo was taken during winter, so the plants aren't quite at their best!

Path This photo was taken during winter, so the plants aren't quite at their best!

Visitors can decide which side of the path to travel on.

Path Visitors can decide which side of the path to travel on.

Touch is the final herbaceous area alongside the path.

Feature of Interest Touch is the final herbaceous area alongside the path.

 

Path

At the end of theTouch area, a rough, grass-mown path leads to a seating area that overlooks the pond and Pontesbury Hill in the distance.

Surface At the end of theTouch area, a rough, grass-mown path leads to a seating area that overlooks the pond and Pontesbury Hill in the distance.

View from the bench.

Seat View from the bench.

Compacted stone surfacing is on the other side of the Touch area. The path also widens to 2 metres at this point.

Surface Compacted stone surfacing is on the other side of the Touch area. The path also widens to 2 metres at this point.

 

Path

Another seating area is provided near to the end of the path.

Seat Another seating area is provided near to the end of the path.

As before the bench is set into the compacted stone surfacing, along easier access. The width of the path at this point is 2 metres.

Seat As before the bench is set into the compacted stone surfacing, along easier access. The width of the path at this point is 2 metres.

The path meanders through the recently planted woodland.

Path The path meanders through the recently planted woodland.

 

Path

The start of the path is just visible next to the bin.

Path The start of the path is just visible next to the bin.

The end of the path, with the parking area to the right of the picture.

End The end of the path, with the parking area to the right of the picture.

Lythwood Sensory Garden Phototrail

 

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