60 Minute Flight - Up to 2 People Buy Online - We will contact you to arrange the flight.Shropshire is split into two areas, to the north is the Shropshire plain, flat and fertile with rivers slowly winding their way through the quintessential English countryside of meadows and pastures and to the south is dominated by mountains ranges and ‘batches’, a colloquial term for small valleys. It’s here that we head to first, the Shropshire hills area of outstanding natural beauty. You can’t miss the Long Mynd, one of the highest points in the Shropshire Hills, an area of heath land popular with walkers as you fly past and over the pretty town of Church Stretton. It’s on to Iron Bridge and it’s famous gorge and the bridge that crosses it, a scenic tourist destination and UNESCO World Heritage Site. After a quick fly around the relatively new town of Telford, named after Thomas Telford, it’s on to Shrewsbury the county town of Shropshire with it’s medieval heart and 660 listed buildings, the complete opposite of Telford. From here we head north west to Oswestry, look out for ‘old Oswestry’ one of the best preserved hill forts in the UK with evidence of construction and occupation between 800 BC and 43 AD and said to be described as "The Stonehenge of the Iron Age Period". Then it’s south to back to Welshpool with the distractive mountains of Wales to your right and the flat plains of Shropshire to your left.
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60 Minute Flight - Up to 2 People Buy Online - We will contact you to arrange the flight. The border country know as the Marches has been the scene on many battles and conflicts over the centuries, this flight will take in some of the most important and strategic sites and Castles along with some of the most stunning scenery.
You flight starts in the Severn Valley then heads towards Montgomery, Bishops Castle and Clun, all important strong holds in the past. Although Clun has now been suggested is one of the most tranquil locations in England according to research by the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England.
Offas Dyke is an ancient earthwork roughly following the border between Wales and England. The structure is named after Offa, the Anglo-Saxon king of Mercia from AD 757 until 796, who is traditionally believed to have ordered its construction. The best place to view it is Knighton and even better from the air. Then it’s following the Welsh English border to the start of the Wye Valley before heading north again towards Ludlow, the hill top medieval walled town, founded in the late 11th century after the Norman conquest of England and described by Sir John Betjeman as "probably the loveliest town in England".
Then it back over the border again in to Wales and back to Welshpool.
60 Minute Flight - Up to 2 People Buy Online - We will contact you to arrange the flight.From Welshpool we head over to lake Vyrnwy, the stone built dam, the first of its kind in the world. There are 31 rivers and waterfalls that run into the lake and its waters supply Liverpool.
Then on to the coast to Barmouth, William Wordsworth, a visitor to Barmouth in the 19th century, described it thus: "With a fine sea view in front, the mountains behind, the glorious estuary running eight miles [13 km] inland, and Cadair Idris within compass of a day's walk, Barmouth can always hold its own against any rival’’. Say no more!
You’ll follow this beautiful part of the Welsh coast down to Aberdovey before heading inland again the Clywedog resevoir near Llanidloes. The dam was started in 1963 after an Act of Parliament ordered its construction to help prevent flooding of the River Severn in winter and to maintain its water levels in the summer.
Continue back over the stunning mid Wales scenery home to Welshpool.
60 Minute Flight - Up to 2 People Buy Online - We will contact you to arrange the flight.The glory of Snowdonia national park, the mountains, the lakes, we are so lucky to have this on our doorstep.
From Welshpool we head towards Blaenau Ffestiniog home of slate mining and the famous railway, via Lake Bala. Bala was the largest natural body of water in Wales before its level was raised by Thomas Telford to provide water for the Ellesmere Canal (later Llangollen Canal). From there we head to the coast to Portmerion, look to you right and you will see the summit of Snowdon, or we hope to, it’s quite rare for the summit to be clear of cloud. Portmerion is the famous Italianate village created by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis between 1925 and 1975 and made famous by the tv serries The Prisoner.
Then we head back to Welshpool over the beautiful Cambrian mountains.