Shropshire - Englands Forgotten County

Shropshire is England's forgotten county, but it is well worth making the effort to get there. It is only three hours by train from London and there is plenty to see and do. It is primarily a rural county steeped in history bordering as it does mid Wales, from Oswestry in the northwest to Ludlow and the Hereford border in the south.

Consider staying in Shrewsbury, the capital of the county. Shrewsbury is a growing mediaeval town with a large mixture of places to stay and lots of things to see. It straddles the mighty River Severn, one of Britain's longest rivers. The river twists and turns and revisits the town in several places. It can and still does flood some of the town occasionally and the effects of global warming have persuaded the town council to beef up the flood defences. On a mild balmy day with the river low and sleepy it seems hard to imagine that the river could ever offer a threat, but when it is angry and running, it does.

Visit the castle set beside the Victorian railway station. Shrewsbury is the home of Charles Darwin and there are reminders of their famous son throughout the town. Consider too the half timbered and ancient Rowley's museum. To the north of the town is an area called Battle, named after the battle in the War of the Roses fought there in 1403 when thousands of men were slaughtered on both sides, the majority brought down by the English longbow. See http://www.bbc.co.uk/shropshire/history/2003/02/battle_of_shrewsbury/battle_smil.shtml. Do visit the old church just north of the battlefield site where a permanent memorial is on display.

But Shropshire has much more to offer than simply the county town. In the south of the county Ludlow is a fascinating small ancient town. Katherine of Aragon was imprisoned there in the castle after Henry the eighth turned his attentions elsewhere. The castle is still in surprisingly good condition and is open most days. Countless narrow streets with many half-timbered buildings always have something to offer. Check out the Feathers Hotel in Ludlow for olde England history and charm.

Bridgnorth is a town split in two. The lower level beside the River Severn and the high town set on the escarpment that commands views along the river. Take the old steam powered Severn Valley Railway, scene of countless films and TV series, from there south towards Kidderminster and over the border into Worcestershire.

In the north of the county Ellesmere in the Shropshire Lakeland is a small town well worth a visit. Check out the canal where Thomas Telford's masterpiece, built in 1760 runs through the town before wending its way over the border and into Wales and on to Llangollen. Oswestry in the northwest is a bustling market town and on market day you are as likely to hear Welsh being spoken as often as English. Another small town worth a visit is Much Wenlock, located on Wenlock edge, a cliff face that runs diagonally across the county. There is an ancient monastery there and quaint buildings aplenty.

For the more energetic, walking holidays across the moorland of the Long Mynd offers a surprising taste of wilderness. Stay in Church Stretton, a mecca for hill walkers. Lastly, if you still have time, try and visit Telford at Ironbridge where Thomas Telford's bridge still stands, the first metal bridge built anywhere heralding the dawn of the industrial revolution

Shropshire is still relatively undiscovered, especially by international travellers, but it has much to commend it. The people are gentle and friendly and it is well worth the effort to get there. You can access thousands of holiday villas and cottages worldwide on my website www.pebblebeachmedia.co.uk. Enjoy your travelling!

David Carter has writen and published hundreds of articles over more years than he cares to remember. His latest work is the property management book SPLAM! Successful Property Letting And Management, a 244 page book full of insights into letting property without hassles. He currently runs three websites, SPLAM!, Homemax full of ideas for homeworkers, and Pebble Beach Media where you can access thousands of holiday cottages, villas and apartments worldwide. He has recently completed a new novel "White Flags" which should be available in the new year.

Websites:
http://www.splam.co.uk
http://www.homemax.co.uk
http://www.pebblebeachmedia.co.uk

Amazon Expeditions with Time Magazine ?Hero of the Planet Year 2000? - Dr. Marc van Roosmalen

The Amazonat Jungle Lodge is offering in addition to her standard programming combined land/water expeditions... Read More

Costa Rica - A Paradise in Central America

Family Vacation in Costa RicaYou will not have any problem visiting Costa Rica even with... Read More

Peru-Lima, Miraflores Vacation Rentals Deals

Miraflores is the turistic district of Lima. The main hotels are located in this nice... Read More

5 Tips To Spend The Most Luxurious Caribbean Vacation You Ever Dreamed Of!

Tip #1 : Buy a beach front Caribbean villa! Buying Caribbean beach front property... Read More

How to Find Town Houses that Will Make Your Vacation to Orlando WONDERFUL

How to find a Town Houses that will make your vacation to Orlando one you... Read More

Buying Real Estate in Cozumel

As beautiful and modern as Cozumel is, visitors must remember that it is a foreign... Read More

Andalucia, a Wonderful Holiday Destination

The Costa del Sol has long been one of the most popular holiday destinations in... Read More

From Vancouver Down The Oregon Coast To Napa Trip

Spent a fantastic trip going down the Oregon Coast to Napa and Sonoma Valleys, and... Read More

Privately-Owned Vacation Property Offers Outstanding Value to Renters

In November, 2004, my wife Terry and I visited Paris for seven days. We stayed... Read More

Why Should You Rent Town Houses Instead of Staying in a Hotel Room?

So you decided on Orlando Florida for your family vacation this year.Before you decide where... Read More

Vacation Home Exchange V Renting - Trade and Save, or Do You ?

Vacation Home Exchange V Renting Trade and save, or do you ?Ever thought of trading... Read More

Town Homes for ALL Your Pleasure in Orlando, Florida!

Have you ever done something spontaneous? Are you in love with warm weather? Do you... Read More

Ditch The Hotel For A Villa Or Vacation Home

Two visits to Budapest. Two apartments, walking distance from downtown. I did not even set... Read More

So You Want to Sell Your Timeshare

You are the owner of a timeshare and have decided the time has come to... Read More

Pigeon Forge Hotels

Hotels are a large component of Pigeon Forge lodging. As with any major tourist destination,... Read More

How to Plan a Cheap Vacation in the Bahamas

A trip to the Bahamas does not have to also mean a trip to a... Read More

Vancouver, Hidden Jewel Of The Pacific Northwest

Vancouver will receive a lot of attention as the 2010 Olympics approach, but why wait... Read More

10 Tips for Selecting the Perfect Costa Rica Vacation Rental

Planning a Tropical vacation full of lush jungles, secluded beaches, and friendly people but not... Read More

A Dream Vacation

What is the meaning of a "dream vacation"? What is so magic about the word... Read More

Visiting the Best Orlando Timeshare Resorts: A Report on My Familys Trip to Central Florida

Visiting the best Orlando timeshare resorts: a report on my family's trip to Central Florida,... Read More

Why The Vacation Home Sale Market Is Unsustainable

The rental market and Vacation Home sale market is unsustainable. Property prices are still rising... Read More

How To Close A Timeshare Sale ? Minimize The Hassles

Making the decision to dive into the world of timeshares for investment or family vacation... Read More

Honeymoon Cabins in Gatlinburg

Surrounded by the romantic and beautiful Smoky Mountains, a Gatlinburg cabin is the perfect spot... Read More

European Car Rental - Top Ten Tips for Europe Travel - Tip #2: The Price is Right

When it comes to shopping for something on-line, we tend to become naturally more focused... Read More

French Property - Looking to take a holiday in France ?

Aquitaine with its 5 departments; Dordogne, Gironde, Landes, Lot-et-Garonne, Pyr?n?es-Atlantiques.Weather: There are two separate climates... Read More

Consider A Private Kauai Vacation Rental For Your Next Getaway

There are many wonderful resorts with tons of activity in the Hawaiian Islands. However, have... Read More

Caribbean Pearl Secret, Margarita Island is Not So Much a Secret Anymore

Margarita Island is one of the lesser known Caribbean islands. It is unspoiled by commercialization... Read More

Looking For Maui Rental Property?

Maui is one of the islands found in Hawaii. It is known as the second... Read More

Vacationing with Children

Traveling with children will be a memorable event ? the question is "What kind?" Your... Read More

Vacation Getaways and Healthy Living Tips

Going away on a vacation brings numerous benefits. It refreshes our enthusiasm, helps us to... Read More

Summer Vacations: 7 Universal Laws for Survival

Summer vacations - what better topic could there be for a mental health column than... Read More

A Road Trip in Cyprus -- Blessed by the Gods

Aphrodite's Hot SpotEuropean Road Trip AdventuresCyprus. Yes, it is a hee-uge (note: very large) holiday... Read More

With Vacation Rentals You Can Stay For a Long Time

Vacation rentals are an option when you plan to go on a vacation and stay... Read More

Choose a Bed and Breakfast Over a Hotel Chain and Enjoy Your Vacation

Traveling for business or vacationing always has one thing in common; you need a place... Read More

Vacation Villas in Orlando Florida - What are They?

What is a villa? Come to Orlando, Florida to find out!Among the many hotels and... Read More

Florida Beachfront Rentals - Finding Florida Beachfront Vacation Homes

Florida beachfront rentals are a great way to enjoy a Florida vacation. Florida beachfront rentals... Read More

Vacationing in South Carolina?s Hilton Head

Families have flocked to Hilton Head, South Carolina as long as there have been people... Read More

A Guide to Cozumel Hotels

Cozumel has something to suit the tastes and budgets of a wide variety of travelers.... Read More

All Inclusive Resorts - Sunscape The Beach Punta Cana

Sunscape The Beach Punta Cana is located on the north east coast of the Dominican... Read More

Desiya ? Smart Travel Engine Making Indian Sojourn Memorable

India has always been an irresistible tourist destination for people from around the world. The... Read More

Why are Townhouse Rentals are the Way to Go when Visiting Walt Disney World

The first words that come to mind when people think of Central Florida are usually... Read More

Tranquil Setting for the Weary Traveler

The DeLaunay House, located 185 N. Pioneer in Ashland is a wonderfully remodeled 1909 Craftsman... Read More

You Only Have One Life, Let Your Caribbean Dream Come True

Turning your dream to Reality?Buying in the CaribbeanBuying a home in the Caribbean is something... Read More

Customized Services is What makes a Vacation Rental the Best

The home away from home but a little bit more better is what the vacation... Read More

Review of Car Rental Abroad

Are you thinking of travelling Abroad?You will surely want to get about easily and quickly... Read More

Advantage of Renting a Condo While on Vacation

So you may be asking yourself, why would I want to rent a condo while... Read More

Ormond Beach, FL: A Small Piece of Paradise

Within Volusia County, Florida, the small community of Ormond Beach claims the highest standard of... Read More

A Closer Look at Pigeon Forge Real Estate

Those looking to invest in real estate should not overlook Pigeon Forge, TN. Though the... Read More

Guide for Selecting a Villa Near Disney in Orlando Florida

This article is meant to be a guide for those who wish to enjoy their... Read More

Shropshire - Englands Forgotten County

Shropshire is England's forgotten county, but it is well worth making the effort to get... Read More