Shropshire is one of England’s quietiest counties, and also one of the least-populated (more sheep than people!) Home to those ‘blue remembered hills), it’s not far from Wales, and kind of resembles the landscape with beautiful countryside, although a lot more canals. One journalist was sent around England to decide on his favourite county. Northumberland almost won (but he didn’t like the wind and cold and rain!) So Shropshire got top spot!
Ludlow is a real foodie town, and home to the best farmers’ markets. Like any quiet and quite remote county that doesn’t have too many people, things tend to slow down here and you’ll find people are more interesting in protecting local land than shopping at malls. It’s interesting what’s happening in the surrounding counties too. Both in Tavistock (Devon) and Weymouth (Dorset) the local branches of McDonald’s have had to shut, as people simply don’t want to eat their food anymore. The former town’s residents said ‘we feed our children properly here, so they’re not needed’.
If you’ve never been to Shrewsbury, it’s not half-bad for a major county town. Once the capital of Wales, it’s home to the longest parade of indie shops in England and beautiful architecture. Although Shrewsbury had far fewer casualties in the Second World War, one cottage was destroyed and killed a woman and her two grandchildren.