Onny Meadows

BBC Countryfile Magazine – June 2021

I’ve got a few words in the latest issue of BBC Countryfile magazine, which focuses this month on wild flower meadows. (Check out number 1 in the image above – Onny Meadows Trail, Shropshire.)

If you’ve never been to the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre, near Craven Arms, then you’re missing out! (And I’m not just talking about the wonderful refreshments they do there – although the gluten-free lemon drizzle cake is to die for!).

This vast site, comprising 30-acres of meadows, is a haven for wildlife. It’s also the perfect place for walking, with many waymarked routes.

Lots of walking options at the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre!

There are several flat paths around the site that are suitable for wheelchairs and buggies, so even the smallest of feet will like what they have to offer here. (I’ve often spotted many little feet letting off steam as they hurtle round the fields, often heading back to the playground!). You can find the full accessibility statement here.

Welcome to the Onny Meadows!

There are now good paths to Kingfisher Corner (the clue is in the name as to what you might spot there) ….

Look out for Kingfishers at Kingfisher Corner!

… and it’s also a recognised Dragonfly Hotspot, as designated by the British Dragonfly Society.

A dragonfly hotspot!

There’s plenty of space to let the kids round around safely, just tell them to watch out for woolly mammoths, as they run between the giant tusks.

Run between the woolly mammoth tusks!

And after you’ve explored all 30-acres (or more, if you follow some of the longer waymarked routes), then you’ll be ready for the locally produced, homegrown produce in the cafe.

Refreshments galore at the cafe.

And don’t forget to check in on the woolly mammoth!

Shropshire’s Woolly Mammoth.

Contact Details:

The Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre can be found at:

Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre, School Road, Craven Arms, Shropshire, SY7 9RS

Tel: 01588 676060

Email: info@shropshirehillsdiscoverycentre.co.uk

It’s well worth a visit. And there’s even free parking, too!