Visit Much Wenlock near Upper Heath Farm self catering cottage
Birthplace of the modern Olympic Games – right here in Shropshire
Much Wenlock in Shropshire is the birthplace of Dr William Penny Brookes, the inspiration for the modern Olympics and founder of the Wenlock Olympian Society. The Wenlock Olympian Games take place every year in July and there are lots of events going on including athletics, archery and clay pigeon shooting to name a few.
Dressage is also popular. This is a great equestrian event to watch and compete in; if you are staying with your horse at Stable Cottage and are interested in entering, visit the Wenlock Olympian Society website to find out more. Stable Cottage is about a 25-30 minute drive away from Much Wenlock so it’s ideally located.
The town’s Museum houses an impressive collection of Olympian memorabilia, as well as a wide range of exhibits relating to Much Wenlock’s history, geology and natural environment.
Wenlock Edge, popular with walkers, is a sixteen mile (26 km) limestone escarpment that began life as a coral reef south of the Equator millions of years ago. Today it is probably one of Britain’s best fossil-rich, natural features and is looked after by the National Trust. The Edge stretches between the Shropshire towns of Ironbridge and Craven Arms and along it you will find panoramic views, remains of ancient quarries and limekilns, fossils, wildlife and rare flowers.
Much Wenlock is filled with black-and-white buildings, friendly traditional pubs, a good range of individual shops and Wenlock Priory - impressive monastic ruins, looked after by English Heritage.