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An unspoilt, rural and sparsely populated county of two distinct halves, Shropshire represents the transition between pastoral England and the hills and mountains of Wales. This all equates to make walks in Shropshire some of the most quietly spectacular in the country, perfect for your escape into glorious countryside.
In the north of the county stretch the Shropshire plains, a fertile agricultural land of atmospheric meres, mosses and nature reserves. In the south rise the magnificent Shropshire Hills, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty where a variety of hiking options mean you’ll always find something to return for.In fact, it has often been stated that hikes in Shropshire are some of England’s best kept secrets. There are short family strolls through deep valleys, more strenuous hill walks to panoramic summits and multi-day treks across true border country. What ties all of this together is the sense of serenity and the freedom to roam and enjoy these landscapes at any time of year.
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Many of the best hiking trails in Shropshire explore the delightful Shropshire Hills AONB. The hills are full of character and offer a rich variety of adventures. The Wreckin is a much-loved outlier of the main chain, situated in the centre of the county near Telford. Its popularity is no surprise as this distinctive peak rises 1,335 feet (407 m) above the Shropshire Plain, promising a splendid panorama. To the south is Wenlock Edge, a 19-mile (31 km) limestone escarpment that boasts excellent trails through ancient woodland.
In the west rises Stiperstones, an intriguing hill with an atmospheric 1,759-foot (536 m) summit ridge of shattered quartzite tors, such as the spectacular Devil’s Chair. These astonishing formations and the mass of jumbled scree are the result of the tremendous forces of ancient glaciation. In autumn, a purple explosion of blooming heather creates a gorgeous juxtaposition when set against the jagged quartzite of the ridge: dreamy scenes for your camera.
The heath and moorland plateau of the Long Mynd is another firm favourite for ramblers and offers accessible walking for all. Experience the traverse of its seven-mile (eleven km) reach or alternatively head out on a gentler valley walk beneath its steep eastern flanks.
Hikes in Shropshire are perfectly achievable by public transport. Church Stretton is a marvellous base for your hill adventures and a shuttle bus leaves periodically; its figure-of-eight route providing easy access to the various hills. The town is known as ‘Little Switzerland’ due to its beautiful surroundings and the range of outdoor shops, pubs, cafes and tea rooms is sure to keep you occupied post-hike.
There are some lovely walks in Shropshire found amongst the tranquil nature reserves, meres and mosses in the north of the county, as well as pleasant ambles along picturesque canals originally built for the transportation of livestock.
Discover Ironbridge Gorge near Telford, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and symbol of the Industrial Revolution. The iron bridge, built in 1779, was the first of its kind and is a superbly impressive objective for a ramble along the banks of the River Severn.
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