A green ribbon of quiet, open space including grassy areas, wetland, woodland and the Staggs Brook stretches from Jubilee Park to The canal spur at Chemistry and is a haven for wildlife in the heart of Whitchurch.

Nearest to

Whitchurch

Parking

A small free car park is available all year round

Location

Whitchurch Waterway Country Park stretches along the Staggs Brook west of Whitchurch Town Centre between Jubilee Park and Chemistry branch of the Shropshire Union canal

Postcode

SY13 1DD

Map reference

Lat/Long: 52.969712, -2.6968139

Opening times

Every day of the year

About

A green ribbon of quiet, open space including grassy areas, wetland, woodland and the Staggs Brook stretches from Jubilee Park to The canal spur at Chemistry and is a haven for wildlife. The country park includes Greenfields Nature Reserve which is managed by Shropshire Wildlife Trust and is ideal for a quiet wildlife walk on hard level paths.

The area has a range of valuable wildlife that has escaped the attention of developers and agriculture and is now managed to encourage a range of wildflowers and animals. Look out for cuckoo flower on the wetter areas in spring and listen for the 'plop' of the water voles escaping into the stream. This is one of the few places in Shropshire where you may still see this nationally rare mammal, which was once common throughout the country.

The grassland areas are managed by cutting and grazing later in the summer in order to allow native plants in the meadows to flower and set seed.

A recent project, funded through the Market Town Revitalisation Project, called 'Walking in Whitchurch' has made improvements to the paths and signposts leading from the canal to the Town Centre and Greenfields Nature Reserve in order to encourage people to make use of this lovely part of the town.

Whitchurch Waterways Country Park came about as a result of activity under the Whitchurch Renewal Area Scheme where land was bought at Sherrymill Hill (some of which is leased to Whitchurch Town Council) to form part of the Country Park.

The land was bought in order to safeguard the area with an eye to future plans for the former canal to be reinstated into the centre of the town. The historic canal originally linked the town with the Llangollen Branch of the Shropshire Union Canal very close to the line of this valley and was filled in during the last century.

The first 400 metres of the canal branch have been completely reinstated. Whitchurch Waterway Trust is working on plans to further extend the canal.

The Council are maintaining the land in trust on behalf of the Whitchurch Waterways Trust.

There are level easy walks on mostly hard surfaced tracks. Some flooding may occur in the winter months.

Things to see and do

Walk out from Whitchurch town centre along this green carpet to the Shropshire Union canal and the open countryside.

Take an evening stroll and enjoy the peace and quiet of this wildlife haven.

If you are visiting Whitchurch by canal boat this is an excellent way to stroll into the town centre.

Getting there

the site is within easy walking distance from Whitchurch Town Centre

Join in

a local community group carries out adhoc workdays

Web links

Shropshire Wildlife Trust - Greenfields

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