In a few of my blogs I have talked about the Onny Meadows here in Craven Arms. I often walk there as I have two border terriers called Hettie and Dillie.
The Onny Meadows is thirty five acres of meadows and woodland, half a mile from Folly View Let. At the entrance to the meadows is The Discovery Centre, where you are able to get food and drink.
The woodland was planted when the Discovery Centre was built in Two Thousand, there are alders, hazel, ash, oaks, and poplars among others. There is an area planted with willows and a willow arch, now behind a fence.
There are two orchards which have apples and pears. One of these orchards has hedges that are planted with medlars and damsons.
The river Onny runs through the site and there are several ponds. Some of them are the remnants of former mill ponds.
There is a hard path around a small part of the site but this is presently being extended. This will make access for wheel chairs, pushchairs and people who have problems on uneven surfaces a lot better.
Part of the hard path is a circular Cycle Path, great for children to learn cycling skills in a safe environment.
There is a children’s play area near the Discovery Centre and there are still some other play _ around the Meadows. The logs are to be climbed over which you can see from the Sun Dial, it is accurate.
There are wonderful wild flowers and beautiful grasses. Damselflies, dragon flies, may flies are beautiful to observe flying over the ponds in Spring and Summer.
There are birds to be observed including the Red Kites. I have seen otters and stoats on the meadows, squirrels can be seen in the trees and I can often smell that a fox has been around.
The Onny Meadows are the starting point of several circular walks and the Shropshire Way passes through.
It is lovely to walk round, not sure about the barbed wire.