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Kit P
 

About Kit P

I'm Kitiara (Kit for short), a freelance writer, journalist and author, specialising in the great outdoors. One of my current projects is working with the wonderful komoot, writing Highlights, Guides and putting together Collections. If I can inspire others to go outdoors and explore even just a little bit, I've succeeded in my goal.Brought up in the New Forest and now based on the edge of Dartmoor, I've spent my life travelling and adventuring, from rambling around Skye as a child to sailing double-handed across the Atlantic in my twenties. Twice, because once wasn't enough.When I'm not writing about being outside, I probably am outside, stalking wildlife, hiking to viewpoints, cycling about Devon and cracking open my coffee flask. And shortbread. You can't go outside without shortbread.To read my blog, journalism or find out about my books, head to my website below!

Distance travelled

411 mi

Time in motion

49:11 h

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  1. Kit P planned a hike.

    6 days ago

    04:48
    11.7 mi
    2.4 mph
    150 ft
    250 ft
    1. Kit P

      The final stage of the Mercian Way follows the Shropshire Union Canal all the way into the heart of this historic city. There’s a 19th-century pub on the route at Christleton if you fancy a hot lunch, otherwise find plenty of pretty picnic spots on what is quite a rural entrance into Chester.

      This walled cathedral city is the perfect end to a huge expedition from Salisbury. With much to explore from timbered architecture and ancient churches to boutiques and cafes, Chester is a great place to unwind after your hike. The trail weaves through its ancient heart to end on the far western edge, right at the canalside.

      Chester has excellent transport links with plenty of regional buses and a mainline train station, so you won’t have any trouble getting home.

      • 5 days ago

  2. Kit P planned a hike.

    6 days ago

    1. Kit P

      This hike starts to the east of No Man’s Heath and is actually largely flat all the way. However, I’ve added in a short but steep detour to Rawhead, a half-wooded hill with a summit at 745 feet (227 m).

      This is a pretty ascent and rewards you with excellent views across the patchwork valley, something you don’t always get much of on this low-lying expedition. If you want to skip the hill, simply continue straight on Harthill Lane.

      Finish up in Tattenhall, a sweet little village with a couple of pubs and restaurants. There are a few accommodation options here but if you’re looking for more, catch the number 41 bus into Chester.

      • 5 days ago

  3. Kit P planned a hike.

    6 days ago

    1. Kit P

      This flat hike winds through the rural farming landscape between intriguing meres and little pockets of woodland. Hike north to Wrenbury, a lovely little village with a particularly picturesque canal crossing. The Wrenbury Bridge is a great place to stop for a picnic or visit one of the two pubs there.

      After crossing the canal, use lanes to hike west. If you’re looking for an overnight stay around here, hike to No Man’s Heath, a sweet little village with a pub and a post office. There’s little in the way of accommodation here so if you’re struggling, catch the number 41 bus south to Whitchurch for plenty of choices. The official route doesn’t go all the way to No Man’s Heath, but it is the nearest bus stop.

      • 5 days ago

  4. Kit P planned a hike.

    6 days ago

    03:50
    9.25 mi
    2.4 mph
    250 ft
    225 ft
    1. Kit P

      Rather than taking a straightforward route, this delightful trail instead takes you to the Llangollen Canal to the west before leading you up and into pretty Whitchurch. The canal has some wonderful old lifting bridges to admire, not to mention a high chance of seeing colourful narrowboats. Largely flat and pastoral, you won’t find any pubs or cafes on this route until the end, so take a packed lunch.

      Finish in Whitchurch, the most northerly market town in Shropshire and packed with historic buildings. It’s easy to find everything you need here, including restaurants and accommodation options.

      • 5 days ago

  5. Kit P planned a hike.

    6 days ago

    05:20
    12.5 mi
    2.4 mph
    650 ft
    575 ft
    1. Kit P

      The beginning of this hike certainly begins in fairly grand style as you first walk to the ruins of Moreton Corbet Castle. There are quite a few impressive historic manors just off the route of this hike including Hodnet Hall and Hawkstone Hall, so do make detours if you love grand architecture and gardens.

      This hike is fairly low-lying with little in the way of hills. Rural and meandering, it’s a peaceful trip that ends in the village of Prees. For accommodation, catch the bus to Whitchurch or hike west to Prees train station and do the seven-minute train journey instead.

      • 5 days ago

  6. Kit P planned a hike.

    6 days ago

    05:38
    13.6 mi
    2.4 mph
    400 ft
    350 ft
    1. Kit P

      The Way returns to its usually flat self on this hike. Winding around the eastern edge of Shrewsbury, you spend your time on rural lanes, passing through pretty, old villages and finish in the lovely settlement of Shawbury. I’ve added in a little detour to Haughmond Abbey as it’s quite a remarkable sight and free to visit. It’s wise to take a packed lunch with you as there are few shops or pubs along the hike.

      In Shawbury, there’s little in the way of accommodation so I recommend catching the number 64 bus and doing the 20-minute journey into Shrewsbury. This county town is bursting with hotels, restaurants and everything else you might need.

      • 5 days ago

  7. Kit P planned a hike.

    6 days ago

    1. Kit P

      The first few miles of this Shropshire hike is an ascent to the village of Little Wenlock but, after that, you spend the rest of the trail more or less going downhill. You pass the south side of the famous Wrekin hill on this stage and if you have the time and energy, I highly recommend climbing it for exceptional views.

      After the Wrekin, the hike is gloriously rural, spending time on quiet lanes with fields peeling out on either side. Finish in Wroxeter, the site of an important Roman city. There are a couple of accommodation options here but always book in advance.

      • 5 days ago

  8. Kit P planned a hike.

    6 days ago

    1. Kit P

      This hike hugs the banks of the River Severn as it winds through its wooded valley up to Ironbridge. A lane leads you out of Bridgnorth but most of this route is a traffic-free trail that makes ambling along the river a little slice of paradise. Coppices and woodlands knit together to form a largely forested valley and the tranquillity is exceptional.

      Finish in Ironbridge, entering the large, historic village via the river path. A key settlement during the beginnings of the Industrial Revolution, there’s no shortage of interesting things to explore here.

      • 5 days ago

  9. Kit P planned a hike.

    6 days ago

    1. Kit P

      You follow the slender Severn north through rural landscape to the beautiful, historic town of Bridgnorth. A gently undulating route, you pass tiny old villages, busy farmyards and hedgerows full of birds. Woodlands, river bends and nature reserves fill the senses as you hike.

      Quiet lanes take you all the way to Bridgnorth where you can easily find accommodation options as well as a wide range of eateries. If you’re lucky, you might spot a steam train chugging along the valley as a heritage line runs alongside this hike.

      • 5 days ago

  10. Kit P planned a hike.

    6 days ago

    1. Kit P

      More undulating than any of the prior stages, this exceptionally beautiful hike takes you through Wyre Forest. Vibrant and filled with life, this vast forest is a National Nature Reserve and fantastic for hiking, cycling and wildlife spotting. Hike out of Stourport and north to the lovely riverside town of Bewdley, the perfect place for a lunch stop in style.

      The trail then leads you through the glorious Wyre Forest and north east to Upper Arley, on the banks of the River Severn. Accommodation is limited here so if you need more options, hop on the 297 bus for routes towards Kidderminster and Bridgnorth.

      • 6 days ago

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