Withno directly competing titles, Bradt's Slow Shropshire fills a much-needed gapin the market for a guide to an area that, of all of the UK's regions, isperhaps most synonymous with ‘Slow'. Shropshire also has a resonance for US travellers,with several notable US connections. Read about the eccentric Regency squireJohn ‘Mad Jack' Mytton, who has been honoured by students at the University ofMinnesota with an annual streaking event. Also connected with the area areRandolph Caldecott, after whom the prestigious US Caldecott medal for children'spicture books is named, and the relatives of university founder Elihu Yale.
Thisnew title from Bradt written by local author Marie Kreft places an emphasis oncar-free travel, local produce and characterful accommodation. It includesdetailed descriptions of place, historical overviews, ghost stories and folktales, and first-hand accounts from Shropshire locals, as well as hand-pickedrestaurant recommendations based on long-standing knowledge and consultationwith locals. Warm and witty writing combines with a natural enthusiasm for theregion make this an indispensable guide to one of Britain's most scenic areas.
Ludlow is acknowledged as the Slow Food capital of the UK, while the region asa whole is much celebrated, described by PG Wodehouse as the "nearestearthly place to paradise". The guide is unapologetic in taking you thelong way round: through ancient woodland, over bridges and 'Blue RememberedHills', back in time, down footpaths, into castles, churches and interestingpubs, cheerfully savoring the authentic, the offbeat and the local.
Marie Kreft is a former winner of the Bradt/Independent on Sunday travel-writing competition. She lives in Birmingham, a short hop from Shropshire to where she and her family escape at weekends for long walks and big dinners. Marie loves camping, real ale, old music, new theater, cooking, backpacking, rail travel, secondhand books, odd historical facts, vintage shops, and spending time with her husband and son - who have helped her to slow down and enjoy the little things in life.