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Shropshire’s Great Outdoors: Popular boardwalk at Colemere restored  

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The popular boardwalk at Colemere Countryside Heritage Site has been restored to enable people to cross the wetter areas of Yell Field, a species rich wildflower meadow.





One of Shropshire’s most beautiful meres, Colemere is almost completely surrounded by mature woodland and has two very attractive hay meadows. The completion of the boardwalk now opens up more of this stunning site to visitors to explore.

Due to its important botanical interest, Colemere is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

Colemere is the only site in the whole of England with the presence of the Least Water Lily, which is believed to have been on the site since the last Ice Age!



Colemere is a very popular site complete with a lovely circular walk around the Cole mere, through woodland and beautiful meadows filled with birdsong and wildlife like otters.

Lezley Picton, Shropshire Council Cabinet member for culture, leisure, waste and communications, said:

“We’re blessed in Shropshire to have beautiful countryside in all of the county, and Colemere is a stunning advert for it. The boardwalk offers visitors the opportunity to safely explore the wetter parts of the site with the bonus of remaining dry! It’s great to see it now fully restored for people to enjoy.”

During the bird nesting season – March to August – visitors are asked to keep their dogs on a short lead whilst crossing Yell Field to help protect nesting birdlife, and to always pick up dog waste as each poo destroys plant diversity and encourages weeds to grow.

The restoration of the boardwalk was completed by Shropshire Council’s countryside maintenance team, with Parks Improvement funding from central government.

Visiting the countryside 

Our local parks and sites have been a lifeline for many people over the past three months. They have provided a safe, clean and tidy space for people to exercise safely and have been vital for our physical and mental health.



When you visit the countryside please make sure you:

  • Keep your distance from people not from your household
  • Pick up your rubbish and dispose of it using a public bin or by taking it home
  • Try to stay away from busy areas. Go somewhere quieter for your exercise
  • Plan your visit where possible. We have lots of beautiful places for you to visit in Shropshire, so why not visit somewhere new?
  • Take hygiene precautions when you are outside, and wash your hands as soon as you are back indoors.

Visit our website for more information about how to visit our sites safely to reduce the spread of coronavirus.

Plan your visit

Shropshire’s Great Outdoors website holds details about thousands of walking routes right across Shropshire, including Colemere. Visit www.shropshiresgreatoutdoors.co.uk and plan your next visit now!