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Seductive Shropshire strolls — myth, legends, history and hills

Dan Hobson

Seductive Shropshire strolls — myth, legends, history and hills

Hiking Collection by komoot

7

Tours

26:08 h

54.0 mi

9,275 ft

The Shropshire Hills is an enchanting part of England where myths and legends collide with history and beauty.

Forged by shifting tectonic plates and shaped by man over thousands of years, the rolling hills tell the tales of times past through geology and ancient remains scattered upon them. With a rich heritage of hillforts, castles, mottes and Offa’s Dyke, this area linking England to the Welsh mountains tells a story of centuries of border strife.

On top of breathtaking beauty, history and heritage, the Shropshire Hills is also famous for absolute peace and serenity. Despite being very close to Birmingham, Shrewsbury and other big towns and cities in the midlands, the area is a haven away from the hustle-bustle where one can revitalize with solitude in nature.

Designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in 1958, the area covers a quarter of the county of Shropshire. It is a living, working place, renowned for tranquility and beauty, where remote heathland merges into pastoral lowland.

Interestingly, the Industrial Revolution is said to have begun in Shropshire. Owing to this, there are some excellent examples of the county’s industrial heritage that are worth exploring, too.

This Collection takes you to some of the most iconic spots in the Shropshire Hills—and to some hidden gems. You will discover the heathland plateau of Long Mynd, a glorious ridge that stretches for miles offering spellbinding views; the iconic summit of Caer Caradoc, shaped by tectonic plates and topped by a fine example of an iron Age fort. You will be taken to the best ridge walk in Shropshire, The Lawley, and hike over the jagged quartzite tors of the Stiperstones, which were formed nearly 500 million years ago.

You will also see the Bronze Age stone circle at Mitchell's Fold and visit the world’s first iron bridge, situated in the valley where the Industrial Revolution began.

This Collection explores some lesser known areas including, surprisingly, what many historians say is the best example of an Iron Age fort in the Shropshire Hills, Burrow Hillfort.

As most of the routes here centre around the historic market town of Church Stretton, it is a good choice to stay. It is the only town in the Shropshire Hills ANOB and has a fine choice of hotels, bed and breakfasts, pubs, cafes, restaurants and shops.

The area known as Craven Arms is also a fine choice for those looking to escape into the countryside entirely, with lots of b&bs, bunkhouses and pubs with rooms.

If you are arriving by train, the Manchester to Cardiff service calls at Church Stretton, Craven Arms and Ludlow. The Heart of Wales rail service runs between Shrewsbury and Swansea and calls at Church Stretton, Craven Arms, Broome, Hopton Heath, Bucknell and Knighton. There are decent bus links around the AONB, too.

For more information about the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, visit: shropshirehillsaonb.co.uk.

For local bus timetables and information, visit: shropshirehillsaonb.co.uk/enjoying-the-shropshire-hills/getting-here.

For train timetables and tickets, visit: thetrainline.com.

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    Intermediate
    03:35
    7.29 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,575 ft
    1,575 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Caer Caradoc is one of the most iconic summits in the Shropshire Hills.

    While it might not be the tallest hill, it certainly has the most character. With distinctive shape, volcanic rock crags and topped with an Iron Age fort, you will find it an interesting hill to climb.

    Part of a range known as the Stretton Hills, Caer Caradoc …

  • Intermediate
    02:43
    5.35 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,075 ft
    1,075 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The jagged quartzite tors of the Stiperstones make it a stand-out character in the Shropshire Hills.

    Geologists believe the ridge was formed nearly 500 million years ago when it rose out of glacial ice and was broken apart by constant freeze-thaw weathering.

    The Stiperstones are shrouded with myths and legends; inspiring many writers, painters and photographers over the years.

    According …

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  • Intermediate
    02:43
    5.66 mi
    2.1 mph
    925 ft
    900 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Long Mynd is one of the star attractions of the Shropshire Hills. The heathland plateau—rich with wildlife, sheep and wild ponies—boasts views that will take your breath away.

    As the area is managed by the Natural Trust, there are a few ways to tackle Long Mynd that are clearly marked, of varying lengths.

    On this route, you follow the stony …

  • Difficult
    08:27
    17.4 mi
    2.1 mph
    2,975 ft
    2,975 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    For the long distance lovers, this route affords you a spellbinding tour of the Stretton hills.

    In one day, you can claim the county’s prize hills and ridges, while enjoying the endless panoramas they afford. It is a challenge, but rewarding if you are game.

    On this route you will conquer Caer Caradoc, an iconic hill forged by tectonic plates …

  • Easy
    01:11
    2.54 mi
    2.2 mph
    325 ft
    325 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    To make your Shropshire trip complete, pay a visit to Ironbridge Gorge. Heralded as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, the area boast a rich heritage.

    A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1986, the low wooded hills of Ironbridge Gorge are cut by the mighty River Severn as it powers through.

    This route begins by taking you to the number …

  • Intermediate
    04:05
    8.79 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,200 ft
    1,200 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Shropshire Hills is famous for Iron Age forts and this route takes you to one of the finest examples, Burrow Hillfort.

    You would imagine that such a specimen would be jam-packed all year round. However, this hidden gem is surprisingly quiet.

    Considering this route takes you to ancient remains, has spellbinding views every step of the way and transverses …

  • Intermediate
    03:23
    7.01 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,150 ft
    1,150 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The area that this route explores has been a hotbed of human activity for thousands of years.

    From Neolithic farmers to Bronze Age settlers, Iron Age warriors right up to modern day hikers, the landscape feels alive with ghosts of the past.

    There is more than just tantalizing mix of myth, legend and history here, though. This part of Shropshire, …

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    7
  • Distance
    54.0 mi
  • Duration
    26:08 h
  • Elevation
    9,275 ft

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