The Bog Visitor Centre, in the shadow of the Stiperstones in Shropshire, is a gas-lit Victorian former school which is one of the few remaining buildings of a lost lead and barytes-mining village. The Bog mine once had 300 buildings and featured an amazing aerial ropeway. It is set in a legendary geological landscape and noted in folklore for the exploits of Wild Edric. The centre is staffed by local volunteers who are always happy to share their knowledge of the area and with nearly 20,000 visitors each year. With ample car parking it is the ideal starting point for many walks around the Stiperstones National Nature Reserve, and is noted for its warm welcome and local home baked refreshments.
Now closed for the winter. OPEN: late March
Refreshments: It is always difficult deciding exactly which cake to have with your drink! All the cake is home made locally and is very reasonably priced. People often come for a drive to The Bog just to partake of our delicious baking.
Of course you need drinks to go with the cake and we offer a wide variety of hot and cold drinks to cater for all tastes. Plus ice creams, crisps, chocolate and other sustenance
|Information: Lots of information is available at The Bog concerning the geology, history, myths and folklore of the area. Plus links to authors who used this magical backdrop for their stories, copies of their books, and historical data about the old school pupils, census returns, etc. View our own version of the Stiperstones Stomp and other walks|
Traders: We stock a wide range of gifts, all made within ten miles of the centre. These vary from bespoke cashmere teddy bears to very reasonably priced polished stones for you to remember your visit to Shropshire. Local artisans often supply freshly made jam, chutney and honey along with free range eggs - but these often sell out quickly!
In addition we stock a large range of books and pamphlets about the area covering walking trails, folklore, geology, wildlife, local authors and maps.
|Map: We are easy to find close to the Stiperstones and well signposted. The PostCode is SY5 0NG, for some satnavs you may need to use SY5 0NJ. However here is a Google map to allow you to plan if coming from further afield.|
Season 2013: open Sat 23 March to Sun 3 November, every day .