Ketley Paddock Mound way-marker 1 Page under construction

From this waymarker, you can see the lost pool – though reeds and plants may obscure it in high summer!  The pool often dried out in past years, but has actually been here for over a hundred years.  You can rest on the bench in front of the dead hedge.  This was constructed as a barrier to the wild, bramble-covered area behind, and adds to the habitat for mammals and birds.   

This area used to be the cobbled farmyard of Potters Bank Farm – there were farm buildings facing the main road. In 1993 Severn Trent created large underwater tanks to regulate water flow on the Holyhead Road at this point. For photographs of the works go here

The tree-covered bank beyond is called Plantation Mound as it was planted with Scots Pine trees in the 1930's. Some sycamore trees used to overhang the pond and drop leaves but since these were cut down, we have seen much more wildlife in the pond, including smooth newts and visiting ducks, and have surveyed the moths late at night.

From this point, you can walk to the canal and, if you can manage the steps, you can get anywhere else on the site.  Otherwise, you can access the whole site without steps by going up Shepherds Lane or School Lane.  There are maps of the site at each entrance.

We'll be adding photos and further information to the way-marker pages in due course. These will be accessible from links in the website or if you're on Paddock Mound try scanning the QR codes on the posts with your smart phone