The tranquil, romantic face of Shropshire belies an often turbulent past that is revealed at scores of sites by the remains of dykes, ramparts and hill forts, and by the castles of the marcher lords, who seem to have divided their time between fighting the Welsh and fighting each other. The county boasts some of Britain’s most important Roman sites, notably at Wroxeter, which at one time was the fourth largest Roman town in the land. Shropshire beckons with a landscape of great variety: the little hills and valleys, the lakes and canals of the north west, the amazing parallel hill ranges towards the south,t he rich farming plains around Oswestry, the forests of Clun and Wyre, Ironbridge Gorge, the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution. This stretch of the Severn Valley is now a World Heritage Centre, ranking it alongside the Pyramids, the Grand Canyon and the Taj Mahal. Add to this the historic towns of Shrewsbury, Ludlow and Oswestry, several interesting museums, the churches and the stately homes and the glorious gardens, and you have a part of the world just waiting to be explored, whether by car, bike or on foot. South Shropshire affords a trip through history, including the wonderful town of Ludlow and the spectacular scenery of Wenlock Ridge, Long Mynd and Clun.
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