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Photographer: Brian Horisk/AdventureArt, Fife, Scotland

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Explore Shropshire's largest mere with its Victorian Gardens, woodland paths and historic castle site. For almost their entire length, the paths around the Mere are surfaced, broad and well maintained making this a very easy place to explore. You can follow the side of the Mere for almost a mile past the Visitors Centre, the Promenade and the Cremorne Gardens.

Surveyed by: Joe Penfold, March 2012 (Spring)
Accessibility Rating: 1More Information
Distance: 2.0 km

Public Transport: No
Car Park: Accessible parking is available in the Moors Car Park. Alternative parking can be found in the Castlefields car park across the road or along the roadside, where spaces are designated for visitors with disabilities.
Steps: No
Barriers: No
Toilets: Accessible toilets are located in the Visitors Centre and approximately half way along the trail.

Full Profile

The Mere is on the A528 Shrewsbury Road, 18 miles north west of Shrewsbury. Drid refernce SJ 405 345. SatNav N52 54' 21.56

Direction The Mere is on the A528 Shrewsbury Road, 18 miles north west of Shrewsbury. Drid refernce SJ 405 345. SatNav N52 54' 21.56" W2 53' 6.54".

Metered car parking (£1/day) for 50+ vehicles on firm stone or grass surfaces at the Moors.

CarPark Metered car parking (£1/day) for 50+ vehicles on firm stone or grass surfaces at the Moors.

An information board is located in the car park.

Information An information board is located in the car park.

The bollards are unlikely to hinder users of wheelchairs or mobility vehicles. Follow the path with the road on your left.

Direction The bollards are unlikely to hinder users of wheelchairs or mobility vehicles. Follow the path with the road on your left.

Paths are surfaced, wide and contain only very minor gradients.

Path Paths are surfaced, wide and contain only very minor gradients.

Continue along the roadside fro approximately 200m.

Direction Continue along the roadside fro approximately 200m.

Path

 

Path

Path

Path

Alternative parking is available along the (busy) roadside, or at the Castlefields car park, the turning of which can be seen in the background.

Blue Badge parking bays Alternative parking is available along the (busy) roadside, or at the Castlefields car park, the turning of which can be seen in the background.

The path continues towards the Visitors Centre.

Path The path continues towards the Visitors Centre.

Path

Path

Path

The Visitors Centre has two accessible parking areas.

Blue Badge parking bays The Visitors Centre has two accessible parking areas.

Accessible toilets are located inside the Visitors Centre.

Accessible toilets Accessible toilets are located inside the Visitors Centre.

The path continues towards the Visitors Centre.

Direction The path continues towards the Visitors Centre.

The Visitors Centre and Cafe is open 7 days a week, 10am-5pm.

Cafe The Visitors Centre and Cafe is open 7 days a week, 10am-5pm.

Ramped access is located to the rear of the building.

Visitor Centre Ramped access is located to the rear of the building.

 

Information

The path continues along the promoenade.

Direction The path continues along the promoenade.

Ice creams and other snacks are available along the promenade.

Cafe Ice creams and other snacks are available along the promenade.

 

Information

This is a very important place for wildife attracting many different water and wading birds. A heron roost on Heron Island adds to the ornithological interest.

Wildlife This is a very important place for wildife attracting many different water and wading birds. A heron roost on Heron Island adds to the ornithological interest.

There are plenty of seating areas along the trail. Many benches are concentrated here, along the promenade.

Seat There are plenty of seating areas along the trail. Many benches are concentrated here, along the promenade.

Continue straight-on in to Cremorne Gardens.

Direction Continue straight-on in to Cremorne Gardens.

 

Direction

 

View

 

Wildlife

Seating is situated at regular intervals along the trial.

Seat Seating is situated at regular intervals along the trial.

 

Path

The trail is well-signed. Continue straight-on with the Mere on your right.

Direction The trail is well-signed. Continue straight-on with the Mere on your right.

A short section of path leads to a gazebo.

Direction A short section of path leads to a gazebo.

View of the gazebo.

Seat View of the gazebo.

 

Direction

Accessible toilets are located about half way along the trail. These are accessed over a worn path.

Accessible toilets Accessible toilets are located about half way along the trail. These are accessed over a worn path.

 

Accessible toilets

 

Path

Several mature Sequoia trees are found along the banks of the Mere.

Wildlife Several mature Sequoia trees are found along the banks of the Mere.

This is a very important place for wildife attracting many different water and wading birds. A heron roost on Heron Island adds to the ornithological interest.

View This is a very important place for wildife attracting many different water and wading birds. A heron roost on Heron Island adds to the ornithological interest.

The path surface blends naturally into the woodland setting.

Surface The path surface blends naturally into the woodland setting.

Wooden sculptures add interest along the trail.

Feature of Interest Wooden sculptures add interest along the trail.

Several fishing pegs are located in this area. In the picture, the sign announces plans to make one of these accessible to people with disabilities.

Fishing Several fishing pegs are located in this area. In the picture, the sign announces plans to make one of these accessible to people with disabilities.

View from fishing peg.

View View from fishing peg.

 

Path

The path enters a more shady, woodland setting.

Path The path enters a more shady, woodland setting.

 

Path

 

View

Wooden sculptures add interest along the trail.

Feature of Interest Wooden sculptures add interest along the trail.

 

Direction

Seating is more infrequent than earlier on the trail.

Seat Seating is more infrequent than earlier on the trail.

 

Path

 

Path

 

Path

 

Seat

Wooden sculptures add interest along the trail. This marks the start of the area known as 'The Crimps'.

Feature of Interest Wooden sculptures add interest along the trail. This marks the start of the area known as 'The Crimps'.

The path surface changes into worn earth, but it is still wide, well compacted and mostly level.

Surface The path surface changes into worn earth, but it is still wide, well compacted and mostly level.

This was the first of two gates encountered along the trail. The width between the two slapping posts measure140cm x 120cm length.

Gate This was the first of two gates encountered along the trail. The width between the two slapping posts measure140cm x 120cm length.

The path narrows t about 1.2m width.

Surface The path narrows t about 1.2m width.

The path is a little uneven but still follows a level gradient.

Path The path is a little uneven but still follows a level gradient.

The second gate has similar dimensions to the previous one.

Gate The second gate has similar dimensions to the previous one.

A ramp on the other side of the kissing gate contains a slight step level change.

Obstacle A ramp on the other side of the kissing gate contains a slight step level change.

The woods are alive with flora and fauna.

Wildlife The woods are alive with flora and fauna.

The path undulates through the woodland.

Gradient The path undulates through the woodland.

A thrd gate at the far end of the Crimps marks the end of the trail.

Gate A thrd gate at the far end of the Crimps marks the end of the trail.

The path links on to the wider Rights of Way network. To the left, towards the village of Welshampton.

End The path links on to the wider Rights of Way network. To the left, towards the village of Welshampton.

The Mere Phototrail

 

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