A lovely broadleaved woodland on a steep scarp slope
THE EDGE OF the wood is on the old Roman road from Viroconium to Caerleon on the Usk, which adds to the interest. Essentially, this is a woodland reserve, but the walk includes part of the River Onny, a small lake and open areas, so there is a good variety of birds here. Also here are several optional paths allowing a much longer walk if you so wish. This is a good all-year site, so a visit at any time will be enjoyable. The discovery centre has a Red Kite feeding station being set up, which will add to the interest, and will be good for getting a relatively close sight of this interesting bird. The path from the discovery centre leads to the Stokesay Castle (be careful crossing the A49 road) and its lake, then pick up the Shropshire Way and follow it up to Sallow Coppice. I’ve suggested taking the track on the north side of the woodland and then having a short walk along the Roman Road following those ancient footsteps before diving back into the woodland. Then it’s a choice of tracks back to the start – but, although there is a gate on each side, be careful crossing the railway line!