Canals, Cliffs & Caves

Trails around Oswestry

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We cruised the waterways from Maesbury Marsh and climbed high on Nescliffe Hill. Our rest was calm and quiet in Melverley's riverside church.

You can take day or hour-long cruises on the Montgomery Canal from Maesbury Marsh. In Melverley, the church lane is alongside the Tontine Inn.

We spent a pleasant hour on the Montgomery Canal, slipping slowly out of Maesbury Marsh where the eighteenth century canal-side buildings still survive.

Back on the road through Knockin and past its motte and baily castle site, we came to a stop beneath Nesscliffe Hill. As we started on the woodland trail, the hill's sandstone mass rose up above us. A path led to the hill fort, through pines and copper beeches, and cut into the red quarry face was Kynaston's Cave - the hide-out of an eighteenth century outlaw.

We left the views of the country park behind us and drove on into Melverley. A lane beside the inn led us to the black and white St Peter's Church, high above the River Vyrnwy. Its timber frame, bending and sloping with the years, seemed threatened by the water rushing past the bank - no doubt the floods have sometimes touched its door.

Inside we breathed in the church's cool and quiet air in silent contemplation.

Quiet roads through the borderlands took us back by Maesbrook to where we had begun our journey.