War Walks on the Home Front - Wilfred Owen and the Tracks to the Trenches


3 miles/5km. miles


mostly pavements and well-surfaced footpaths.

Start from

Railway station


town centre car parks

The route

From the station the walk follows a riverside path to the attractive turn of the 19th/20th century suburb of Cherry Orchard and four houses with Owen family links.

Via the Abbey, the Owen Memorial and the site of a First World War German Prisoner of War camp, it is back to the river and the station to complete a circular walk.

The walk begins from the station forecourt.

Shrewsbury station has a host of links with Wilfred Owen.  His father, Tom Owen, was the Asst Supt of the Joint Railway.  In 1908 Wilfred wrote a school essay 'Description of a Railway Station...'

He took the train to enlist in the Artists' Rifles and again after commissioning.  Finally, the last words he exchanged with his brother, Harold, were through the window of a train here.