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Apley Woods

Picture at dusk of Apley Woods

Declared as a Local Nature Reserve in 2020, at 22.9 hectares Apley Woods is a fine example of a 19th century landscaped woodland with plenty of walking routes for all. Apley Woods LNR has achieved green flag status and is recognised as a green flag site. 

Visit the Apley Woods website for more information about things you can see and do

Download the Apley Woods site map and guide

Things to see and do

This area is full of historic sites, mature woodland and picturesque walks with accessible routes.

  • Apley Castle
    The original Grade II* listed Apley Castle, still stands today adjacent to the west side of Apley Woods with its own chapel, great hall and was once surrounded by its own moat. It was renovated in 1996 and is now eight privately owned properties.

  • Energy Rising sculpture
    Located in the heart of the woodland is a very unusual carved stone sculpture called ‘Energy Rising’, believed to symbolise larva emerging from the earth.
  • Georgian Manor House site
    The manor house was the centre piece of a 900 acre estate. Sadly, it became too expensive to maintain and was sold off.
  • Woodland art
    Look out for sculptures of woodland art, including birds of prey and woodland animals.
  • Pool Wood route
    This is a 40 minute walk across the meadows.
  • Access for all
    A 20 minute walk across level areas with no steps (suitable for pushchairs, wheelchairs, mobility scooters and buggies).
  • Tree Trail
    Some of Apley’s finest specimen trees can be found on its tree trail. There are ten in total including red Oak, Lime and walnut amongst others.

Water safety

We want everyone to be safe when visiting our sites that have water features within them. 

We work closely with the Royal Life Saving Society on managing water safety on our sites and further details on advice can be found on the RLSS website.

When visiting this site, here are a few tips to keep safe around the water: 

  • keep out of the water at all times 
  • never allow children to play near the water unless accompanied by an adult 
  • don't run near the water, you may trip and fall in 
  • learn how to help in an emergency; if you see someone in trouble in the water never jump in yourself. Stay calm and phone for help. Some sites across the borough have water safety sites and equipment, please only use the equipment when required. 

For more information on how to rescue a person from drowning please visit the RLSS website.


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  • From Newport: Along the A442 towards Whitchurch. Take the first left into Peregrine Way after the Leegomery island. 
  • From South Telford: Along the A5223 towards Whitchurch. After the Princess Royal Hospital head towards the Shawbirch island turn right onto the A442. Take the third right into Peregrine Way. 
  • From Shrewsbury: Along the M54 to junction 6. Follow the A5223 for Whitchurch. After the Princess Royal Hospital head towards the Shawbirch island turn right onto the A442. Take the third right into Peregrine Way. 
  • From Whitchurch: At the Shawbirch island turn left onto the A442. Take the third right into Peregrine Way.
  • By Bus: From Wellington take the Arriva Midlands North 44 for Leegomery to the Princess Royal Hospital. This is the most frequent service. Other services include the 25, 55 and 822. You arrive at the main entrance to the hospital. The woods are behind the hospital.

How to get there

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Last updated: 31/07/2023 13:22