The Oswestry Round
The Rotary Club of Oswestry Borderland members were treated to an intriquing presentation by David Andrews of a unique project which will boost tourism in Oswestry and raise significant funds for the Lingen Davies Cancer Fund.
The Oswestry Round is a new walking guide written by husband and wife team Dave Andrews and Jane Trudgill. It describes a 33-mile route which combines parts of Offa’s Dyke Path and the Montgomery and Llangollen canals to form a circular walk around the town of Oswestry. Dave and Jane wrote the book to raise money for the Lingen Davies Cancer Fund at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital where Dave was treated last year and for Cancer Research UK. In conjunction with the Borderland Rotary Club of Oswestry, Dave and Jane plan to set up an annual walking event to raise more money for these charities. The first event is planned for next June.
‘Jane and I were really keen to repay the wonderful staff at the Lingen Davies Centre and I revived an idea for a book which first occurred to me about eight years ago, soon after I’d completed a round of the Munros - the mountains of Scotland over 3000 feet. Oswestry is in a pretty unique position, having the hill country of Wales to the west and the lower land of Shropshire to the east. Jane and I have been living in the area for over 20 years and know the lie of the land well. It was fun to devise a circular route.’
‘It seemed natural to tackle the tough, hilly section to the west of the town first while the legs are fresh and the spirit willing,’ said Dave who has written a number of guides to the mountains of Wales and has contributed articles on mountaineering to various publications in English and Welsh.
‘I presented the idea to the Oswestry Borderland Rotary Club and they took it up with great enthusiasm. Their support and encouragement has been fantastic. Thanks to them, we managed to secure sponsorship from a number of local businesses as well as the Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust. As a result, the production costs were all covered and this means more money for the charities we’re supporting.’
The Oswestry Round is intended as a 1-day or 2-day challenge but the route is conveniently described in nine short sections for those who want to walk it a bit at a time. The route begins at the Lion Quays hotel and spa complex to the north of the town and proceeds anti-clockwise through the hills to the west and south to Llanymynech, the southernmost point. From there, the canal system takes walkers through much flatter terrain to arrive once more at the Lion Quays.
The Oswestry Round book contains route details, map, local travel information and accommodation ideas. The book is available in local shops, tourist information offices and other outlets, and also by post by writing a cheque for £5 payable to Oswestry Borderland Rotary Club and posting it to Dave and Jane at Spring Cottage, Wern, Weston Rhyn, Oswestry SY10 7LH.
Borderland Rotary members are planning a familiarisation event, a relay of walkers, each completing one or more sections of the route, to take place in March next year.
Shropshire Tourism are keen to support this event by having the Oswestry Heritage Centre act as the central information point. Anyone wanting more details of the walk can contact Karen Pringle at the Centre, via their website or telephone 01691 662753. Otherwise visit www.oswestryround.co.uk23 November 2015