A hot air balloon ride over Whitchurch provides the perfect chance to enjoy beautiful rolling countryside from the majesty of a balloon basket.
Lying in north Shropshire, Whitchurch is a busy market town only a short hop from Shrewsbury, the Cheshire border and magnificent north Wales. Known as ‘the home of the tower clocks’ thanks to local company JB Joyce and Co. who claim to be the oldest clock manufacturer in the world, the town was built by the Romans in 70AD and, although there’s little remaining from those times, there’s plenty of Medieval, Georgian and Victorian architecture to spot from a balloon basket.
Depending on the will of the wind you could find yourself drifting peacefully over the Brown Moss Countryside Site, a local nature reserve and area of pools, mosses and peat bogs created over 10,000 years ago in the last Ice Age. Now a haven for wildlife, it is an interesting place to view from the basket of a hot air balloon.
Whitchurch is also the oldest continually inhabited town in Shropshire and is even believed to be the original home of Cheshire Cheese.
A hot air balloon ride over this pretty area will take you over fields of green and lush countryside with miles of beautiful, patchwork landscape for you to enjoy.
From the south
On leaving A41/ A49, join the dual carriageway towards Whitchurch. Stay in the right hand lane of dual carriageway until you reach the roundabout.
Take the 2nd exit towards Whitchurch town centre on the B5395. Go over the railway bridge and at the next roundabout take the 2nd exit into Whitchurch, passing St John Talbots school on left hand side. The rugby club entrance is just past the school on right hand side.
Park in the rugby club car park directly behind the club house and await the balloon crew.
From the north
From the A41, join the A525 sign posted Shrewsbury. At the Esso garage roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto the A525. At next roundabout take the 2nd exit sign posted Nantwich. At the next roundabout take the 1st exit towards the town centre.
Go past St John Talbots school on left hand side and the rugby club entrance is just past the school on right hand side. Park in the rugby club car park directly behind the club house and await the balloon crew.