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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2012 2:18 pm 
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Emoco wrote:
Why wouldn't I go near the river in Shrewsbury?


Because it's the river Severn, and it floods like nobodies business! My Mum and Stepdad live in a house which backs on to the river and their garden (which thankfully is a good few feet below their house) is regularly underwater :shock:

You'll get a nice little house/apartment for less than £700 in Shrewsbury - I looked at a couple myself before I moved to Penarth, and they were in the £450-£600 bracket :)


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Maybe Shrewsbury is a good idea then. Do they mind outsiders there?

Seems like a good base, close to Wales, a couple of cities. Direct train to London, hopefully lots of local markets/farm for my veg intake.


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Emoco wrote:
Maybe Shrewsbury is a good idea then. Do they mind outsiders there?

Seems like a good base, close to Wales, a couple of cities. Direct train to London, hopefully lots of local markets/farm for my veg intake.


It's a very friendly town with lots of very friendly pubs. Like any city, there are places best avoided (Greyfriars Bridge for example is a favourite haunt for the town tramps). There are regular markets and festivals (including the Ale Trail - a favourite of mine ;) ), and you've got a good rail link to London etc.

I can recommend a few pubs too - The Wheatsheaf, The Admiral Benbow, The Salopian, The Armory, The Dun Cow...... ;)

You're also only a stop away on the train from Church Stretton and the Long Mynd, which offer some great biking :)


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Been looking on streeview and it seems a lot like Chester which I used to go to every weekend shopping years ago.

Googling Ale Trail now...


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It's a very friendly town. Nearby Wellington hosts the occasion NF march to keep you entertained.

I got family across there and it is a nice part of the World, with some good riding.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2012 2:42 pm 
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Emoco wrote:
Been looking on streeview and it seems a lot like Chester which I used to go to every weekend shopping years ago.

Googling Ale Trail now...


There are a few Ale Trails in and around Shrewsbury. They hold them in Ludlow and Bishops Castle too which aren't all that far away.

The Ludlow Food Festival (September) is well worth a visit too.. Ludlow has some nice watering holes ;)


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Not much of pub fan usually but think that's because my local charges close to £5 for a pint :shock:


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Emoco wrote:
Not much of pub fan usually but think that's because my local charges close to £5 for a pint :shock:


You can get 2 pints and 2 bags of crisps for a fiver in Shrewsbury if you go to the right place! ;)


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Shropshire is nice, I liked it when I lived there; Albrighton but it's a bit from the sea, and I like being near the sea, what the hell was I thinking living in Oxford for ten years is another thing, but a Shire to think about, what about Devon, plenty of hilly stuff here to get you fit, either that or quit cycling as everywhere is hills.


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Not near Wales, but have you thought about Derbyshire? Some of the best riding in the world here, and lots of property you could afford. There's a direct train from Derby to Kings Cross which takes a couple of hours.


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