Onny Meadows

30 acre meadows beside the River Onny at Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre

These riverside water meadows lie behind our Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre, overlooked by Norton Camp, our neighbouring hill fort. The Onny Meadows’ surfaced paths provide access to the fields and pools via a wheelchair accessible viewing platform. In Spring and Summer the pools are alive with wildlife. Other unsurfaced paths range further and explore the banks of the River Onny.

The hard-packed, generally level, surfaced paths provide a half-mile (700m) circuit. In very wet weather the paths can be boggy in places but are generally good. The circuit includes access to a pond viewing platform. At our popular visitor spot, Kingfisher Corner, you will find a wheelchair friendly picnic bench to enjoy your lunch whilst you enjoy the peaceful meander of the River Onny. Mown paths along the river bank are best tackled in summer when dry.

Please note that whilst we make every effort to ensure that our paths provide suitable access for wheelchair users, we can’t guarantee that the surface will always be smooth enough to allow access for everyone. If you are unsure about access, please call the Centre prior to your visit and we will be happy to advise you.

Well behaved dogs are welcome in the meadows. At this time, only guide dogs are allowed in the Centre.

There is a range of wild play equipment spaced around the paths for all the family to enjoy and explore.

With thanks to the Botanical Society, we now have a list that comprises over 150 plant species in our meadows. You can see the list here.

The Onny Meadows are home to the Craven Arms Community Gardens. They are located on the N.E. edge of the our meadows and there are more than 60 plots for local residents to garden at a nominal fee. If you’re interested in taking on a plot to grow your own fruit and vegetables, please click here.

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