An exploration… We start at the English Bridge and walk along the riverbank, downstream, then head back along the canal path. The canal’s long gone, but the Canal Tavern’s still there. Along the way, we pass the ‘Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings’ – the main building, dating from 1797, is the grandfather of skyscrapers, apparently. Passing over the railway station on the unusual Dana footbridge, we return to the riverbank, crossing the river by the Welsh Bridge and the Porthill footbridge. The Porthywaen Silver Band are playing a Welsh medley (Men of Harlech and Myfanwy, among others) at the Quarry bandstand. We move on through the quieter backstreets to return to the English Bridge and back to the car – home for tea!

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