Explore and discover the heritage of Shelf Bank and the views beyond to take in iron age hillforts, medieval castles, industrial heritage and Oswestry’s role during the conflicts of the 20th Century
Shelf Bank is a 3ha area of natural public open space occupying a small hill overlooking the centre of Oswestry. The site was recently designated a Local Nature Reserve (LNR) and is a first for Oswestry.
The site has a wealth of heritage associated with it, from Wat’s Dyke, an earth bank structure dating back to the Dark Ages which forms its southern boundary, to the Royal Observer Corps World War 2 and Cold War bunker ruins at the summit.
Located in the heart of Oswestry, Shelf Bank enables visitors to quickly escape the urban warren and enter woodland, sunny glades and grassy slopes with views across the town and the Shropshire countryside, all set to an orchestra of bird song and humming insects.
Shelf Bank has a network of footpaths that provide an important pedestrian and mobility scooter link between eastern Oswestry and the town centre. Wheelchair and mobility scooter users can now, for the first time, access the summit of the site. Benches are strategically placed to offer rest and views.
There is no parking on this site but paid parking is available in Oswestry town centre. Access to the site can be gained from Queen Elizabeth Drive in the east, Elgar Close in the south east and via Wilfred Owen Green of Oswald’s Road in the west.