A walker in the stocks

Ellesmere Weekend – September 2022

A small group of 5 walkers met for the weekend event at Ellesmere, a small attractive town in Shropshire popular for the “meres” and the canal network. We stayed at the Red Lion where there was a previous Footprints weekend in 2017. The hotel accommodation has had a make-over since then and all agreed that the rooms were very comfortable and the food was pretty good. A big shout-out for the mashed pots and the mixed grill and the Friday-night meal deal!

Both days circular walks were about 8 miles and both led by Dave. Saturday we travelled in what Dave calls his “classic car” to the 12th century Whittington Castle to start our walk. We made our way along quiet lanes, across fields and some tall stiles, before fighting our way through two hostile cornfields where we almost lost our leader. Away from the corn we emerged onto the Montgomery Canal towpath in glorious sunshine. Then onto the Llangollen Canal which was busy with boat traffic but very tranquil. Heading back to the start point we spotted an enormous bird on the banks which was apparently a heron. The walk ended with some excellent tea and cakes at The Castle tea rooms in true walking group tradition.

Sunday’s walk started from Ellesmere, through the boatyard and onto the Llangollen Canal path, the dark Ellesmere tunnel, then around Colemere to a view of the nearby vineyard. We stopped for a break at Welshampton before returning via the beautiful “mere” and sculpture gardens.

A relaxed weekend enjoyed by all and a big thanks to Dave for organising and leading.