Walks from your doorstep. An easy 4 km / 2.5 miles following the River Severn through Monkmoor.

Distance

2.5 miles

Terrain

Flat riverside footpath

Start from

Abbots Wood

Nearest to

Monkmoor, Shrewsbury

Parking

At start/finish

Map reference

Lat/Long: 52.7172154879, -2.7203323458

OS: SJ514135

The route

This leaflet contains an easy to read map, and step by step directions, to help you follow the ‘Walking for Life’ waymarkers around two short, circular walks through Monkmoor, Shrewsbury. You will follow the River Severn as it meanders through the countryside and past Monkmoor Nature Reserve where you can experience Shropshire’s great variety of wildlife. You can either start and finish at Abbots Wood car park on Eskdale Road, or, simply join the walk from any point on the map.

Taking the first step

You don’t need special equipment and there aren’t any joining fees. You can walk almost anywhere, and being outside with nature helps you relax and forget about the stresses and strains of everyday life! It’s never too late.

There is no such thing as “too old to exercise”. Whatever your age or current level of fitness you can benefit from doing a bit more physical activity. Try to get out and walk as much as possible within your own limitations.

Build it into your daily routine

Over a week, activity should add up to at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic activity in bouts of 10 minutes or more – one way to approach this is to do 30 minutes on at least 5 days a week. Being moderately active means:

  • You’ll be able to talk, but notice your breathing is quicker and deeper than at rest
  • Your body will be warming up, your heart rate will speed up but not be racing
  • Your skin may start to show a healthy glow

Start at your own level

Start at a level that suits you; there is no point wearing yourself out on your first walk. Start gradually, set yourself small targets and goals, and build slowly from there; small changes can make a big difference, the most important thing is to make a start.

Listen to your body

If you feel any dizziness or pain whilst walking, slow down or stop completely and take a rest. If the problem continues, consult your doctor before walking again.

Keep active and keep the benefits

Any health benefits you have gained will be lost if you don’t continue to be active.