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Visit Ellesmere in Shropshire. Those ancient Britons knew a good spot when they saw it and Ellesmere fitted the bill. So they established a camp by the side of the magnificent glacial mere and the people started fishing, boating and walking around the shoreline admiring the view. Of course things have got a bit more sophisticated since then and Ellesmere has grown into a pretty market town with Medieval streets, Georgian houses and half timbered buildings. Ellesmere prides itself on its individual and independent shops – some have been in the same family for generations and you only last that long if you know how to value your customers. Lots of gentle walks that will take you from the mere into town and along to the Llangollen canal, past the new marina or through the Arboretum and Cremorne Gardens. You can view the wildlife from the comfort of the visitor centre using CCTV and if that's not enough there are regular festivals, antique markets and events to amuse you. All shopped out? Then there are plenty of cafes, pubs, inns and restaurants when you can sit down and recharge yourself before venturing out again.