Hillwalking in Shropshire

32 hill and country walks

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9781852848071
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16 Sep 2016
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192
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17.2 x 11.6 x 1.2cm
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220g

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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.

Seasons Seasons
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.
Centres Centres
Llanymynech, Telford, Church Stretton, Craven Arms, Clun, Ludlow, Bridgnorth and Much Wenlock
Difficulty Difficulty
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 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.
Availability
Published
ISBN
9781852848071
Published
16 Sep 2016
Edition
First
Pages
192
Size
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.2cm
Weight
220g
  • Overview

    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.

  • Contents

    Introduction
    Shropshire geology (by Ronald Turnbull)
    History
    Plants and wildlife
    Getting there
    Getting around
    When to go
    Bases for the Shropshire hills
    Maps and GPS
    Safety
    Using this guide
    The walks
    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
    Maps and GPS
    Ordnance 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 & Ironbridge

    Using 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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Gillham

John Gillham

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.

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