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New Shropshire Way circular walk opens in Shrewsbury thanks to local volunteers

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A new Shropshire Way circular route has just been launched, thanks to the efforts of a local volunteer group. 

The route which passes through the northern end of the Rea Brook Valley Local Nature Reserve has brand new waymarkers to help guide visitors around the new Shropshire Way route as well as the nature reserve.   

Volunteers have been assisting Shropshire Council’s parks and countryside team to put the posts in over the last few weeks. 

The group made up of local residents, as well as adults with learning disabilities from Hartley’s day centre, have been carrying out work to improve the site for the last two years, including resurfacing work, installing benches and coppicing trees. 

Councillor Steve Charmley, Cabinet member for active and healthy lifestyles, said:

“This is another example of Shropshire Council’s investment in the rights of way network.  We are always looking to extend and improve our network in order to improve the health and well-being of our residents but also the many visitors who come to Shropshire to enjoy our great outdoor experience. 

“Volunteer groups play an invaluable role in improving and maintaining our walking routes in Shropshire.  I would like to offer a big thank you to all the volunteers for their magnificent effort in carrying out this work.  The Rea Brook Valley Reserve is a beautiful area, and this work is of real benefit to local residents and or course visitors exploring the wonderful walks Shrewsbury has to officer.” 

The Rea Brook Valley is one of the largest most visited countryside sites managed by Shropshire Council.  Its status as a Local Nature Reserve is national recognition of its importance as a haven for wildlife and a place for people to enjoy.  The valley is a green corridor from the open countryside right into the heart of the town and the reserve stretches from Abbey Foregate to Meole Brace.  Early settlers, monks and farmers have shaped the landscape here over hundreds of years.  Remains of their activities are still visible along the brook.

For more information about Rea Brook Valley Nature Reserve and the new Shrosphire Way circular walk contact our parks and countryside sites team on 01743 257610 or visit http://shropshire.gov.uk/countryside.nsf/open/EF261002461D5A9C80257552004E61D3, where you can download a map and guide of the walk.