Tucked away in a quiet corner of England, caravanners will be surprised by Shropshire. It’s quiet, unassuming and beautiful. Predominately made up of five towns - Shrewsbury, Telford, Oswestry, Bridgnorth and Ludlow, Shropshire arguable has been home to some of the biggest influences in the United Kingdom’s history, and visitors, whether in a caravan, tent or motorhome will be able to experience this impact first hand.
Charles Darwin, the world renowned British scientist developed his inquisitive mind in his home town of Shrewsbury. It was here that he established that all species of life descended over time from common ancestors and proposed the scientific theory that this branching pattern of evolution resulted from a process that he called natural selection, as well as the theory that survival of the fittest was involved in the struggle for existence.
Shropshire’s Iron Bridge and the surrounding area is arguably the ‘Birthplace of the Industrial Revolution’ based on the fact that Abraham Darby perfected the technique of smelting iron with coke, in Coalbrookdale. This allowed iron production to become much cheaper and arguably initiated the revolution. The bridge itself is constructed of solid iron girders supported on two stone abutments. Toady it is one of the two (yes two!) World Heritage Sites in Shropshire (the other is the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal).
The modern day Olympics also drew its inspiration from Shropshire. Set up by Dr William Penny Brookes in 1850, the town still to this day holds the annual Wenlock Olympian Games, a four-day event during the second weekend in July. Dr Brookes is credited as a founding father of the Modern Olympic Games, and the Olympic mascot for London 2012 was named Wenlock after the town. Whilst on your caravan holiday why not see if you can get some sporting inspiration from this – maybe even start a new sporting activity.