Walking the Shropshire Way
A two-week circular trail including the Wrekin, Stiperstones and Wenlock Edge
By John Gillham
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.
SeasonsThe 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
CentresShrewsbury, Bishop's Castle, Clun, Craven Arms, Ludlow, Much Wenlock, Ironbridge, Wellington, Wem, Whitchurch, Ellesmere, Llanymynech, Nesscliffe
DifficultyThe 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 SeeShrewsbury'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
This is the official guide to the Shropshire Way, which consists of a northern and southern loop that both start in Shrewsbury. Each loop can be completed in a week or combined to form a two week 182 mile (290km) circuit that visits Stiperstones, Ludlow, Wenlock Edge, Ironbridge and the Wrekin. Split into 15 stages, this walk requires moderate fitness to cover the daily distance of 10 to 15 miles. The guide also includes the Stretton Skyline Walk, a 20 mile (32km) walk over Shropshire's peaks and ridges, which can be split over two days with an overnight stay in Church Stretton.
For both the main route and the higher-level Stretton Skyline Walk, this guide provides in-depth route description and 1:50,000 OS mapping to aid navigation, along with information about accommodation, public transport and local services. The guide also offers plenty of insight into Shropshire's vibrant history and fascinating geology.
The Shropshire Way visits some of England's most serene and beautiful scenery, as well as key historical sites including Ironbridge, the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution. Through tranquil countryside and medieval market towns, this route explores all the best that the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding National Beauty (AONB) has to offer.
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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 author profile
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