Ellesmere and Welshhampton Circular


17 October 2021

Two dogs allowed


Do not walk if you are feeling unwell. Carry your own hand sanitiser. In case of an emergency ensure you have with you a face mask and first aid pack.
Inevitably, the route will go through gates and over stiles that other people will have touched. It may have narrow sections that mean you will be passing close to other people.

This is a low-level walk starting at Castle Fields car park in Ellesmere.
We follow the Shropshire Way along the tow path through woodland passing by Blake Mere and Cole Mere. We leave the canal and make our way towards the pretty village of Welshhampton then travel uphill to the trig point by Lea Wood. This is the highest point of the walk and allows us an extensive view of the Shropshire landscape.
The path leads us downhill to the Mere and the track around its shore to return to the carpark or we could make a detour through the town where we would have the opportunity for coffee/cake.

Black Mere
Meeting Time:
Meeting Place:
At walk start point
Walk Starts:
Walk Finishes:
Duration (incl stops):
Highest Point:
115m trig point by Lea Wood
Largely flat along canal towpath, good tracks and open farmland.
OS Explorer 241 Shrewsbury ,Wem, Shawbury and Baschurch
Starting Point:
Castle Field car park Ellesmere SY12 0PA OS Ref: SJ 40424 34631


Let the walk leader know of any relevant medical conditions

Refer to the Handbook for walk related information and specifically for recommended walking equipment https://ohwc.org.uk/kit-list/ and safety information https://ohwc.org.uk/safety/

Remember you are responsible for being properly equipped

Ensure you have the walk leader’s phone number in case of an emergency

If you become detached from the group STOP, call out; try contacting group by phone or text. If no contact return to the last place you were with the group. Wait 30 mins repeatedly trying to make contact. After 30 mins seek help and/or make your own way safely.

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The Google map below is the location of the walk start point.