Shrewsbury was the home of Charles Darwin and is situated on the River Severn. County Town of Shropshire there is a fine castle and military museum as well as shops and good eateries.

Stokesay Castle

Travel north on the A49 beyond Ludlow,  and you pass Stokesay Castle, a delightful 13th century manor house, hardly touched by time. Like Witley Court, Stokesay Castle is maintained by English Heritage.