Shrewsbury/Heart of Wales Towns Tour Journey Notes 1 - Shrewsbury to Knighton.
Times in brackets are for halts and stations that are request stops - we may not call at these. Times assume departure from Shrewsbury on schedule at 10.09. Left or Right refers to when facing direction of travel.
10.09 Depart Shrewsbury. We take the Welsh Marches line which links Shrewsbury with Hereford, Abergavenny and Newport and on to Cardiff. Just after leaving Shrewsbury, on our right is the Cambrian Line to Aberystwyth and Pwllheli. R - We pass the Shropshire villages of Bayston Hill, Dorrington and All Stretton.
10.27 R - Church Stretton. An historic market town in the heart of the South Shropshire hills with a population of 4,700 it was called Little Switzerland in the late-Victorian/Edwardian eras because of its landscape and it became a health resort. The Long Mynd rising above the town is renowned for gliding, hang gliding and paragliding.
10.37 R - Craven Arms. A relatively new town, the settlement grew when the railways came during the mid to late 19th century. Today Craven Arms is a market town for the surrounding rural area; just to the south (left) is the fortified manor house of Stokesay Castle. We leave the Welsh Marches line and take the little single track Heart of Wales Line and head for Wales.
(10.43) Broome. A small hamlet, the station also serves the village of Aston on Clun which is half a mile or so on our right; shortly after Broome, we cross over the Clun.
(10.47) Hopton Heath. Another Shropshire hamlet, it grew with the construction of the railway station which serves the nearby villages of Hopton Castle, Clungunford and Bedstone.
(10.52) Bucknell. Just on the English side of the border with Wales and about 6 miles east of Knighton, the village has a population of around 650 and is in the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
10.59 Arrive at Knighton and leave the train.