At first glance Shropshire is full of contradictions.
It is the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution yet it is an unspoiled rural idyll.
It is home to two of the most beautiful medieval towns in England, yet one gave birth to every skyscraper in the world, not forgetting one of the greatest thinkers of all time, Charles Darwin.
The other set the pace for the country's Slow Food movement and there is the small market town which became the very inspiration for the modern Olympics.
Shropshire may be considered one of England's quiet counties but do not be deceived as there is so much to see and do.
With over 90 places to visit including historic houses and castles with beautiful gardens, the famous Ironbridge and museums and even RAF Cosford for the aviation enthusiasts, there really is something for everyone.
Shropshire is also superb walking country with over 3,500 miles of rights of way underfoot.
Follow in the footsteps of famous writers, explore historic sites which have changed the world, stroll from the stations along the Severn Valley Railway and find remote castles and hill forts peopled with the ghosts of Celts and pagans. There are long distance and circular walks that pick up villages and inns, sights and places of interest. Trace the history of the market towns along town trails.