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Walking the Shropshire Way

A two-week circular trail including the Wrekin, Stiperstones and Wenlock Edge

Guidebook describing a 2 week trail around Shropshire. The 182 mile (290km) route is made up of two loops centred on Shrewsbury and visits Stiperstones, Wenlock Edge, Ironbridge and the Wrekin. Also describes the challenging 20 mile (32km) Stretton Skyline Walk.


The walk can be done in all seasons, but spring, summer and autumn are best as woodland paths can be slippery in winter. Regardless of the season, waterproofs are essential


Shrewsbury, Bishop's Castle, Clun, Craven Arms, Ludlow, Much Wenlock, Ironbridge, Wellington, Wem, Whitchurch, Ellesmere, Llanymynech, Nesscliffe


The well-marked Way is 182-200 miles, depending on the route chosen, and requires moderate fitness and a good pair of walking boots to cover approximately 12 miles each day. The hills are generally gentle and rolling, although Stiperstones has a rough quartzite ridge

Must See

Shrewsbury's ancient architecture; the Stiperstones; Offa's Dyke; Clun Castle; historic Ludlow; Brown Clee Hill (Shropshire's highest); Wenlock Edge; Ironbridge, birthplace of the Industrial Revolution; the Shropshire Union Canal; Haughmond Abbey; Grinshill sandstone quarry
25 Oct 2019
1 Jul 2022
17.20 x 11.60 x 1.15cm

A guidebook to walking the Shropshire Way. Covering 290km (182 miles), this long-distance circular trek exploring the area around Shrewsbury can be hiked in around 2 weeks and is suitable for all reasonably fit walkers.

The route is described in 15 stages, each between 18 and 24km (11–15 miles) in length, and comprises two loops that can each be walked separately in a week or combined to form a 2-week trek. The challenging 2-day Stretton Skyline Walk (32km, 20 miles) is also included.

  • 1:50,000 OS maps included for each stage
  • GPX files available to download
  • Detailed information on facilities, public transport and accommodation on route
  • Advice on planning and preparation
  • Highlights include Stiperstones and Wenlock Edge

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John Gillham Cicerone author GILLHAM

By 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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