Shropshire can lay claim to not one but to three canals, The Shropshire Union, The Llangollen and The Mongomery Canals all criss-cross their way through the county. The Shropshire Union Canal is a charmingly rural waterway with stretches where there are no towns for miles. The Llangollen Canal crosses the border between England and Wales. Its combination of picturesque countryside and breath-taking engineering draws visitors from far and wide. Wildlife thrives along the Montgomery Canal and it is one of the most important canals in the country for nature.
Visit Ellesmere, known as the Shropshire Lakeland this traditional market town has a good mix of Tudor, Georgian and Victorian architecture. From the canal there are plenty of walks that will take you right along the Mere side or through the local heron reserve. Whitchurch is a bustling market town, the oldest continually inhabited community in Shropshire and is an unspoilt place with pleasant gardens and narrow streets lined with buildings displaying a remarkable variety of architectural styles.
Market Drayton has been the home of gingerbread for the last 200 years and in the past, not content with rum in their secret recipe, the cake was dunked it in port. It is reputed to have curiously restorative powers. Each Wednesday Cheshire Street, the main road through the town, is closed off to allow local stallholders to set up a market The Llangollen Canal flows straight through the centre of the village of Grindley Brook climbing as it goes first through three conventional locks and then it plunges immediately into the famous three chamber staircase lock, The Grindley Brook Locks.
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