About this book
This new, thoroughly updated second edition of Bradt’s Shropshire remains the only full-blown guidebook to this remarkable and oft-overlooked county. Written by Shropshire lover Marie Kreft, it places an emphasis on car-free travel, local produce and characterful accommodation and includes detailed descriptions of place, historical overviews, ghost stories and folk tales, and first-hand accounts from Shropshire locals. It also offers hand-picked restaurant recommendations based on long-standing knowledge and consultation with locals.
New for this edition is coverage of the ever-expanding food and drink scene, from craft beers to gingerbread heritage, plus details of new independent shops and galleries. Ludlow is acknowledged as the Slow Food capital of the UK, while the region as a whole is much celebrated, described by PG Wodehouse as the ‘nearest earthly place to paradise’. The guide is unapologetic in taking you the long way round: through ancient woodland, over bridges and 'Blue Remembered Hills', back in time, down footpaths, into castles, churches and interesting pubs, cheerfully savouring the authentic, the offbeat and the local.
Expert author Marie Kreft takes pride in visiting every attraction listed and offers warm and witty writing combined with a natural enthusiasm for the region, making this an indispensable guide to one of Britain's most scenic areas.
About the author
Marie Kreft lives in south Birmingham, a short hop from Shropshire which she and her young family consider their happy place for exploring at weekends. Marie is a former winner of the Bradt travel-writing competition and has written for several other national titles, including BBC Countryfile magazine.
GOING SLOW IN SHROPSHIRE
Chancel encounters, Revered hedgehogs & beloved bugs, Festivals & fairs, Shropshire as inspiration, A taste of Shropshire, Geology, Planning your visit, How this book is arranged, Getting there & around
1 SOUTH SHROPSHIRE
Getting there & around, Ludlow & Bromfield, Craven Arms to the Clun Valley, From the Stiperstones to the Welsh border, Around Church Stretton & the Long Mynd, The Clee Hills & Corvedale to Cleobury Mortimer
2 SOUTHEAST SHROPSHIRE
Getting there & around, Bridgnorth & around, South of Bridgnorth & the Severn Valley, Much Wenlock, Staffordshire borders
3 IRONBRIDGE GORGE & THE WREKIN
Getting there & around, Around the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site, Telford, Wellington, The Weald Moors to Newport
4 SHREWSBURY & MID SHROPSHIRE
Getting there & around, Shrewsbury, North & east of Shrewsbury, Towards south Shropshire
5 OSWESTRY & NORTHWEST SHROPSHIRE
Getting there & around, Oswestry & around, Whittington & north of Oswestry, Maesbury & south of Oswestry
6 NORTH SHROPSHIRE
Getting there & around, Ellesmere & Shropshire’s ‘Lake District’, Towards Shrewsbury, Wem to Whitchurch, Market Drayton & around
Eye-opening and wonderful
The Sunday Times Magazine
An excellent guidebook packed to bursting with information and painstakingly gathered detail which will have not only visitors but also natives of the county wanting to get out there and explore.