A RECENT report suggests that almost three in ten adults in Shropshire fail to take one short walk a week.

Sport England's annual Active Lives Survey asked 1,075 residents between November 2018 and November 2019 how often they take a 10-minute walk, for either leisure or travel.

The results show 29 per cent of them did so less than once a week – though it is an improvement on the year before, when 32 per cent gave the same answer.lem of obesity across all ages".

The NHS recommends 150 minutes a week of moderate activity, which can include brisk walking, to treat obesity.

With this in mind, here are a few of the best places to go for a a walk around in and around north Shropshire.

  1. Sandstone Trail – Voted one of Britain's best walks, the Sandstone Trail stretches 33 miles from Whitchurch up to Frodsham and offers superb, unbroken, and often elevated walking from Shropshire and across the still largely green and pleasant English county of Cheshire.
  2. Caer Caradoc – Part of a range known as the Stretton Hills, Caer Caradoc is perhaps one of the most iconic of the Shropshire Hills. Its distinctive shape and steep slopes are studded with dark volcanic rock, formed when one tectonic plate was forced beneath another in the Church Stretton Fault.
  3. Corbett Woods – Situated on the slopes of the Grinshill sandstone ridge, this walk features paths and viewpoints which offer excellent panoramic views towards Shrewsbury, the Shropshire Hills and the Welsh Borders.
  4. The Mere at Ellesmere – The Mere at Ellesmere is an award winning Park with a beautiful lake with gardens, woodland walks and historic parkland and is the largest of nine meres and mosses that can be found in the unique Shropshire landscape.
  5. Fenn's/Whixal Moss – Straddling the English border, near Whitchurch in Shropshire and Wrexham in Wales, lies one of the biggest and best raised bogs in Britain. Its astonishingly varied wildlife makes it a place of international importance.