A series of meres have earned Ellesmere the reputation as Shropshire’s own mini-Lake District. There are no mountains, but ever-popular are water sports, from sailing and angling to bird watching and rowing. A pleasant town, it has a weekly market that dates from the 13th century, as well as pretty Georgian and half-timbered buildings and a church built by the Knights of St John. It was here that Scottish shepherd’s son Thomas Telford spent his time designing the local canal network. One of his feats was the creation of the breathtaking, 125ft high aqueduct over the Vale of Llangollen.
Sunset at the Mere, Ellesmere - Photo: