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The Sykes Cottages Guide To Oswestry

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012
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Visit Oswestry and nearby attractions whilst on a cottage holiday. In the heart of the Borders, where Shropshire and the Welsh hills blend into one, Oswestry is an attractive market town within easy reach of a host of great family attractions. From walking to water and cycling to culture, there’s plenty to keep everyone busy in this region. For a town in the strategically important Welsh Marches, there’s many a castle, ruined and intact, to visit nearby.

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The Sykes Cottages Guide To Ellesmere

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011
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Make sure to spend some time in Ellesmere on your Shropshire holiday cottage break. A delightful town on the site of an ancient Roman settlement, Ellesmere centres on a beautiful glacial lake. There are many different ways to enjoy it; take a boat out on the water and indulge in a spot of fishing or bird watching, board a steamboat or watch for herons and other wildlife from the warmth of the Visitor Centre. Take a ramble along the lakeshore before following the Llangollen canal towpath into town, passing the home of the legendary engineer, Thomas Telford, en route.

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The Sykes Cottages Guide To Tenbury Wells

Friday, November 18th, 2011
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Just a short drive, yet seemingly a world away from busy Birmingham, Tenbury Wells is an ancient market town nestling in the tranquil Teme Valley. On a cottage holiday, The Pump Rooms is well worth a visit and is situated in a rather idiosyncratic landmark building, designed in the late nineteenth century to house to town’s Spa. The unique Round Market was built by the same designer and here markets still take place twice weekly, in time-honoured fashion. Follow the Tenbury Town Trail to take in these sights and more. You’ll discover the Burgage, St. Mary’s Church, many lovely half-timbered black and white houses dating from the seventeenth century, the Stepping Stones and the Tenbury Museum. Stay a while and take in a film at the delightful Regal Picture House, a cinema complete with trappings from the 1930’s. (more…)

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The Sykes Cottages Guide To Shrewsbury

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011
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One of the finest Tudor towns in England – a good reason to visit Shrewsbury on your Shropshire cottage holiday! The town has a number of interesting attractions, including the Abbey, a site of pilgrimage for the relics of St. Winifred, whose bones are interred here, and the red sandstone Castle, which is now home to the Shropshire Regimental Museum. In addition to these sights, Shrewsbury is just a lovely town to explore on a leisurely stroll, the sense of history oozes out from the half-timbered buildings, and the street names, that are indicative of the type of trading that once took place there including Fish Street and Butcher’s Row. The ginnels, passages and shuts of the winding mediaeval streets are great for wandering, beautiful half-timbered, overhanging buildings now house some very good shops, from high street names to lovely specialist boutiques, and there are some good places for eating and drinking. Or for a more purposeful wander, follow the Darwin Trail, and learn how evolution began, right here in the heart of England! Alternatively, enjoy Shrewsbury from the water, with a relaxing cruise along the river Severn. (more…)

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The Sykes Cottages Guide To Bridgnorth

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011
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Make time to visit Bridgnorth on your Shropshire cottage holiday; there’s much here to reward the visitor. A delightful two-tiered town, which clings to a rocky escarpment at a bend in the river Severn, enjoy the views from the vantage point of the old town; the lower town was once a busy river port carrying goods as far as Bristol. Tackle the cartway, once used to transport goods to market, to get between the two parts of town, or you can climb the steps that link the two. The best way, however, is to let oldest funicular in the country, the unique Bridgnorth Cliffe Railway, take the strain, as it transports you to the crooked castle, gardens and shops of the high town.
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