Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre is now run by registered charity, Grow Cook Learn; connecting people to the food, history and landscape of the Shropshire Hills. Following its popularity last year and to celebrate May being National Walking Month, Grow Cook Learn has teamed up again with local walks leader, Keith Pybus, to bring you the “stunning” Bluebell Walk on Sunday 7th May.
The walk will start at Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre at 10.30am and will take approximately two hours. It will be 3.5 miles of easy walking along mostly field paths and quiet lanes, including a few gentle ascents.
Keith is a qualified walks leader and arch storyteller. “There’s a magic about our bluebell woods which has attracted the nation’s poets and made it our most popular wildflower. Britain has between a quarter and half of the world’s bluebell population. They are a most precious resource: it takes five years from seed to flower and 35 years for the bulbs to extend their cover by just 70 strides. If a bluebell wood is lost it can take 100 years to re-generate.”
He has appeared on BBC Countryfile, The House Detectives and Midlands Today’s Winter Walks, promoting some of the best walks in Shropshire. With years of experience in the area, and author of Blue Remembered Hills, Keith will share with the walkers his knowledge, stories and humorous anecdotes of his time in the Shropshire Hills.
Keith added “Sallow Coppice is fortunate in enjoying the care of Craven Arms Volunteers for the Environment (CAVE). Without their coppicing the wood would lack that perfect balance between sunlight and shade which the bluebells demand.”
On their return from the walk (£5), walkers will enjoy a 10% off voucher on the delicious food and drink in the Discovery Centre café. Booking is advisable, either on 01588 676060 or at the Discovery Centre reception.
Praise for Keith’s highly popular walks include:
“Thank you Keith, the bluebell walk was wonderful.” “Stunning!” “We hope to come on the next one.”
Entry to the Discovery Centre and Onny Meadows is free but there is a charge for visitors to enjoy our Secret Hills exhibition and visit our mammoth. The Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre offers an extensive programme of family events, adult courses and a variety of activities for the whole family. The unique grass roofed building houses a replica of the famous mammoth skeleton found in Shropshire. The café serves delicious home-cooked food. Browse our extensive shop selling a range of quirky gifts. Every half term and school holiday we provide hands-on family activities. For further details call 01588 676060 or visit the website: www.shropshirehillsdiscoverycentre.co.uk
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