Hillwalking in Shropshire
32 hill and country walks
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Guidebook to 32 walking routes in Shropshire in the West Midlands. The routes range from 3 miles (5km) to 12 miles (19km), taking in highlights such as The Wrekin, Wenlock Edge, Long Mynd and Stiperstones, Castle Ring and Bury Ditches. Many routes start near delightful towns and villages including Church Stretton, Ludlow and Bishops Castle.
- All the routes can be done in all seasons, with Autumn being best for those in woodland. August, when the heather is out, is best for Stiperstones and the Long Mynd.
- Llanymynech, Telford, Church Stretton, Craven Arms, Clun, Ludlow, Bridgnorth and Much Wenlock
- Shropshire's summits are generally easy to climb. Being such a fertile county its low level paths can become overgrown in Summer. Lightweight boots are the best footwear and if you're wearing shorts, take make sure you have waterproof trousers to protect your legs from nettles and dew covered long grasses.
- Must See
- The volcanic peaks of Stiperstones and Caer Caradoc, steep-sided, crag-fringed Batches of the Long Mynd, numerous Iron and Bronze Age hilltop forts, and charming little towns and villages with half-timbered buildings and fascinating historical heritage make Shropshire a hillwalkers paradise.
Guidebook to 32 walks in the hills of Shropshire. The walks, which are graded easy, moderate or hard, range from 3 miles (5km) to 12 miles (19km) and can be walked in all seasons. The selected routes take in highlights such as The Wrekin, Wenlock Edge, Long Mynd and Stiperstones, Castle Ring and Bury Ditches.
Featuring 1:50K OS mapping (shown at 1:40K for greater clarity), step-by-step route descriptions, as well as information on accommodation, getting around, bases for the Shropshire hills and history of the region, the guide details everything you need to walk in Shropshire – and more.
From Neolithic standing stones, Bronze Age stone circles, and hilltop forts dating back to the Iron Age, Shropshire offers more than just picturesque landscapes and rewarding walking. Discover history on the hills as well as natural beauty, all within easy driving distance from Birmingham and Manchester.
Shropshire geology (by Ronald Turnbull)
Plants and wildlife
When to go
Bases for the Shropshire hills
Maps and GPS
Using this guide
Walk 1 Llanfair Hill and Offa’s Dyke
Walk 2 Knighton, Cwm-sanaham Hill and Offa’s Dyke
Walk 3 Mary Knoll and Ludlow
Walk 4 Titterstone Clee Hill
Walk 5 The Bury Ditches
Walk 6 Burrow Fort and Hopesay Hill
Walk 7 Norton Camp and Stokesay Castle
Walk 8 Callow Hill and Flounders Folly
Walk 9 Brown Clee Hill and Stanbroughs Wood
Walk 10 Brown Clee Hill and Clee Liberty
Walk 11 High Rock, Bridgnorth and the River Severn
Walk 12 Bromlow Callow and Mitchell’s Fold
Walk 13 Nipstone Rock
Walk 14 Stiperstones
Walk 15 Snailbeach and the Castle Ring fort
Walk 16 Norbury Hill from Wentnor
Walk 17 Minton Hill and the Packet Stone
Walk 18 Adstone Hill
Walk 19 Pole Bank and Devil’s Mouth
Walk 20 The Long Mynd and Ragleth Hill
Walk 21 Caer Caradoc
Walk 22 The Long Mynd skyline
Walk 23 Plush Hill, the Batch and Castle Hill
Walk 24 Ridges Three: Hope Bowdler Hill, Caer Caradoc and the Lawley
Walk 25 The Lawley
Walk 26 Hope Bowdler Hill from Cardington
Walk 27 The Betchcott Hills and Duckley Nap
Walk 28 Much Wenlock and the Wenlock Edge
Walk 29 Earl’s Hill
Walk 30 The Wrekin
Walk 31 The Ironbridge Gorge
Walk 32 Llanymynech Hill and Llynclys Common
Appendix A Route summary table
Appendix B Accommodation
Appendix C Useful contacts
Maps and GPSOrdnance Survey maps
While OS Landranger maps – which have been used for the route maps within this guide – are fine for the hill sections, it is recommended that you also carry a more detailed OS 1:25,000 Explorer map with you. The following maps cover the walks and the relevant sheet number is specified at the beginning of each route description:
201 – Knighton & Presteigne
203 – Ludlow Tenbury Wells & Cleobury Mortimer
216 – Welshpool & Montgomery
217 – The Long Mynd & Wenlock Edge
218 – The Wyre Forest & Kidderminster
241 – Shrewsbury
242 – Telford & IronbridgeUsing GPS (global positioning system)
These days GPS units are excellent companions, whether they be 7-inch tablets or specialist units like Garmin and Memory Map. The GPS tracks for all the routes in this guide can be downloaded by visiting the Cicerone site: www.cicerone.co.uk/member
In recent years GPS units have become quite sophisticated and nowadays they usually include OS mapping for the UK. They are a very useful addition to your equipment, especially if you’re caught out in hill fog on the mountains.
In addition to the dedicated GPS units there are apps for iPhones, Android and Blackberry smartphones and tablets too. Viewranger and Memory Map are the best known, and their maps are stored on your phone rather than being online ‘in the cloud’ (like Trailzilla maps). Remember, if the maps are in the cloud and you don’t have a phone signal, then you don’t have a map.
Most dedicated units come with map packages. Some come with complete OS Landranger 1:50,000 maps for the UK, while others just include National Parks. OS Explorer maps are better and you can buy DVDs covering the whole of the UK – although they are expensive. The other way of doing this is to go online and download the exact area you want (both Memory Map and Viewranger facilitate this). You can always add to the area you bought later.
All units will need charging at the end of the day. Dedicated GPS units can usually last at least eight hours, and most have facilities to attach battery cases to keep them topped up. If you’re using a smartphone as a GPS, be aware of the battery life. You may need at least one spare battery or you’ll have to use the app sparingly – that is, when you’re unsure of where to go next – so it doesn’t run down unnecessarily.
A word of caution here: GPS devices should be used as a supplement to the maps, as their battery may lose power unexpectedly.
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John Gillham has been a professional writer, illustrator and photographer since 1989. His first book was Snowdonia to the Gower: a Coast-to-Coast Walk Across Highest Wales. He also pioneered three other long-distance routes: Lakeland to Lindisfarne, Pennine Ways and the Bowland–Dales Traverse, all of which were published in book form. John's recent books include The Pictorial Guides to the Mountains of Snowdonia Volumes 1–4, Best Day Walks in Snowdonia and the AA Leisure Guide to Wales. John writes for several outdoor publications, and two of his books have won the Outdoor Writers & Photographers Guild Award for Excellence.View Articles and Books by John Gillham
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