An eight mile generally level circular walk taking in Whitchurch town heritage and surrounding countryside.

Distance

8.0 miles

Terrain

Flat undulating, town and country

Start from

Civic Centre, Whitchurch

Nearest to

Whitchurch

Parking

Whitchurch

Map reference

Lat/Long: 52.9707566946, -2.6840396683

OS: SJ542417

The route

An 8 mile level circular walk from Whitchurch town centre into the surrounding rural and pleasant countryside, enjoying local heritage and visiting Brown Moss nature reserve, an internationally important wildlife site.

William Joyce – clock man

William Joyce began making longcase clocks in the North Shropshire village of Cockshutt. The family business, eventually known as JB Joyce, was handed down from father to son and in 1790 moved to High Street, Whitchurch, Shropshire. By 1834 Thomas Joyce was making large clocks for local churches and public buildings. In 1849 the company copied the escapement mechanism used in Big Ben and went on to make large clocks for many public buildings both home and overseas – notably the clock in the Shanghai Customs House.

Brown (not green) Moss

Brown Moss is one of Shropshire’s most inter­esting nature reserves with over 200 species of wild plants including the rare floating water plantain. Great crested newts are just one example of the fantastic variety of wildlife that live amidst its marshes, pools, heath and woodland. In the late spring/early summer large numbers of froglets can be seen making a mass exodus from the pools.

Brown Moss is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, a Special Area of Conservation, and a Ramsar site – a wetland of international importance named after a treaty signed in Ramsar, Iran.