2019 Walk Details

 BISHOP’S CASTLE WALKING FESTIVAL – WALK DETAILS 2019

Wednesday 15thMay 2019

Pansies, Peregrines and the Camlad Valley

Distance 13 miles  / 21 km
Level Strenuous
Start Time 09.30am
Meeting Point Bus stop opposite the Boar’s Head, Church Street, Bishop’s Castle
Postcode / Grid Ref      SY9 5AE
Finish Point Bishop’s Castle       
Walk Leaders Ian.Kidd: ian.kidd7@btinternet.com

We will start in Bishop’s Castle by taking the 9.40 Shrewsbury bus alighting at the Old Post Office, Shelve. The first part of the walk is across Stapeley Common looking for the mountain pansies, then heading for the stone circle at Mitchell’s Fold.  The first big climb of the day takes us to the top of Corndon, which offers great views west to Cader Idris.  The second climb is to the Iron Age fort on the top of Roundton.  This is also a nature reserve so keep an eye out for the peregrines. We then descend into the valley of the only river flowing from England into Wales, before steadily climbing to the eastern edge of the Kerry Ridgeway and the descent to Bishop’s Castle, arriving about 4.30pm for afternoon tea and cakes, or may be a beer.
Please bring food and drink for the day.

Total number of guests 16 + (Leader and co-leader)

 

The Lawley

Distance 11 miles / 18 kms
Level Moderate
Start Time 10.00 am
Meeting Point Lay by top of hill on B4371 East of Church Stretton 
Postcode / Grid Ref      SY6 7ES / GR 469932 Expl Map 217
Finish Point As above
Walk Leaders Maggie Beckley: Maggieboase@hotmail.co.uk

From Bishops Castle, drive north up, the A49 and at the traffic lights at Church Stretton, turn right onto the B4371. After 3/4 mile, park in the lay by on the left at the top of the hill.

This walk covers some of the ridges and hills east of Church Stretton. It is full of views and vistas of the South Shropshire Hills. We will see the famous bluebell woods of Helmeth, walk through fields full of lambs, see where the Romans quarried the stone to build Wroxeter, climb the Lawley the easy way and we may even see a badger sett. This walk is long but not difficult and would suit. most regular walkers used to some hills.
You will need to bring drink and food for a coffee and lunch stop.

Total number of guests 20 + (Leader and co-leader)

 

 

Clun to Bishop’s Castle

Distance 9.5 miles / 15 km
Level Moderate/ Energetic
Start Time 09.30 am
Meeting Point Enterprise House, Station Street Bishop’s Castle  
Postcode / Grid Ref      SY9 5AQ
Finish Point The Castle Hotel, Bishop’s Castle       
Walk Leaders Lesley & Paul Baddeley: lesley_baddeley@hotmail.com 

Our minibus drops us near the ruins of Clun castle, a dramatic reminder of turbulent times past.  We follow the Shropshire Way along the valley and up the long, grassy ridge of the Cefns where big views open up.  Our route then takes us in and out of several valleys, following paths and quiet lanes. This is true border country – unspoilt, tranquil and beautiful.
NB – please do not park in the Enterprise House car park; this is simply the meeting place to catch the minibus.
Finally, Bishop’s Castle comes into view and we walk across fields to the top of the town and the Castle Hotel (built on the site of the old castle) where optional refreshments will be available.
Please bring drink and food for a mid-morning break and lunch.

Total number of guests 14  + (Leader and co-leader)

 

 

There & Back – Stiperstones Stomp

Distance 10 miles / 16.01 kms
Level Energetic
Start Time 10.00 am
Meeting Point Main Bog Car Park  
Postcode / Grid Ref      GR SO 357978
Finish Point Bog Car Park       
Walk Leaders Jerry Hughes: wjerry.hughes@gmail.com 

 An energetic 10 mile figure of eight walk taking in the main features of the Stiperstones ridge starting at the site of The Bog Mine and walking the ridge north ticking off all the major rocky tors, pausing to view the restored cottages high on the ridge at Blakemoorgate before descending to lunch beside the remains of the Snailbeach Mine site.
Following lunch, we walk back onto the ridge via Lords Hill Chapel and the remains of an ancient holly forest, thought to be the largest remaining such wood in Europe. We will contour round the east side of the hill before crossing the ridge to contour the west side back to The Bog with the opportunity to enjoy tea and cakes at The Bog Visitor Centre at the end of the walk.

Total number of guests  12 + (Leader and co-leader)

 

The Anchor Walk

Distance 9 miles / 15 km
Level Moderate
Start Time 10.00 am
Meeting Point The Anchor Car Park   
Postcode / Grid Ref      SY7 8PR / SO 176849   
Finish Point As above
Walk Leaders Linda Martin: lemriverside@gmail.com

The walk will commence from The Anchor pub which has adequate parking.  It is on the B4368, 7 miles from Clun heading towards Newtown.  We can car share from Harley Jenkins Car Park, Bishop’s Castle and condense further from Clun Memorial Hall 9.30am for a 10 am start from The Anchor.
A packed lunch is required along with plenty of fluids, sun cream & a hat (we hope).
The walk has a varied terrain, farmland which can be extremely muddy around the farms, as it was when I did it twice in bleak windy wet November but by May it will be all dried out! There are tracks, stiles, forest & open moors. Red Kites, buzzards soar the high moors catching the thermals, when I was out there were flocks of starlings swooping over the moors feeding and a surprising amount of birdsong for November.

The walk is on high ground with spectacular views, overall ascent is only 1300ft as the starting point is at 1000ft approx’ and we are generally on high ground and very remote.  I have only met 2 farmers both times I have been out.  We come across a couple of remote farms, sheep & cattle, too hilly, poor soil for any arable farming.  We return via Kerry Ridgeway which has spectacular views where you can pick out Corndon and the Camlad Valley with Churchstoke and the renowned Harry Tuffins in the valley, (now a Coop) this is a pleasant end to the walk back to the cars. The pub doesn’t open until 7pm but there are plenty of options in Bishop’s Castle & Clun for that thirst quenching pint.

Total number of guests 20 + (Leader and co-leader)

 

8.00 pm Presentation Romans in South Shropshire by Michael Greene

 

Thursday 16thMay

Medieval mottes, barytes mining & ancient lanes

Distance 5.5 miles  / 8.9 kms
Level Moderate
Start Time 9.30 am at Knapp Car Park GR 423023
Meeting Point 9.00 am Harley Jenkins Car Park behind CO-OP in Bishop;s Castle, or as above
Postcode / Grid Ref      Knapp Car Park GR 423023
Finish Point Knapp Car Park  or the The White Horse Inn, Castle Pulverbatch    
Walk Leaders Judith Evans: judithevans@waitrose.com
Anna Taylor 

A circular walk in the scenic and historic hills of Pulverbatch, Cothercott and Wilderley. The Knapp is a 12thcentury motte and bailey, with fine views from its strategic position.  Only earthworks remain, but there was once a tower to the motte, and domestic buildings in the inner and outer baileys. We will stop for drinks and snacks (bring your own) at the former mill site for the Cothercott barytes mine where you will have time to read the interpretation boards and climb the hill to look at the panorama board. As we cross Cothercott Hill there are far-reaching views west to the Stiperstones and east to the Wrekin.  We pass The White Horse Inn 5 minutes before reaching the Knapp Car Park, so there is the option of calling in for a drink or lunch if you wish.

Total number of guests 12 + (Leader and co-leader)

 

Long Mynd Wild Moor Walk

Distance 10  miles  /  16 km
Level Energetic
Start Time 10.00 am
Meeting Point Cardingmill Valley, Church Stretton
Postcode / Grid Ref      GR SO 446945
Finish Point As above
Walk Leaders Christina van Duivenbode:
cvanduivenbode3107@btinternet.com 

A walk which takes us to the summit and to the northern end of the Long Mynd via Townbrook Valley, Pole Bank and Wild Moor.  A circuitous route takes us to the mysterious Wildmoor Pool where Teal, our smallest wild duck, is a visitor.  Crossing the Portway we return via Plush Hill affording splendid views of the Stretton Hills.  We return on lanes and footpaths back to Cardingmill Valley to have tea and cake at the National Trust cafe.  Please make sure you bring a packed lunch, snacks and plenty to drink.
Please advise Leader if you can offer a lift from Bishop’s Castle. Current charge for parking at Cardingmill Valley National Trust car park is £4.50 per day.  Parking is free to NT members.

Total number of guests 16 + (Leader and co-leader)

 

Marrington Dingle, Mitchells Fold, Corndon Hill from Old Church Stoke

Distance 12 miles  / 19 km
Level Strenuous
Start Time 9.30 am for Car Sharing to start point.
Meeting Point Harley Jenkins Car Park, behind C0-OP in Bishop’s Castle,  
Postcode / Grid Ref      SY9 5AH
Finish Point Old Church Stoke, OS Explorer 216, GR 285949
Walk Leaders Ted Laidlar: ted.laidlar123@btinternet.com
Mary Bason 

Car share from Bishop’s Castle or Self Drive to Start Point and start walk at 10.am.

This walk is an interesting mix of undulating farmland, deep vegetated valleys and open moorland with breath-taking views (given some fine weather!) There are some challenging ascents and some rewarding descents.
We meander from Old Church Stoke along field paths passing an ancient moat near Upper Aldress before dropping down to follow the delightful Marrington Dingle northwards. We continue north above the banks of the River Camlad, interestingly the only river which rises in England and flows into Wales! Through woods and over fields we rise to pass Middleton Hall Farm en route to Stapeley Hill and Mitchell’s Fold stone circle. Our route takes us south and east before ascending Corndon Hill with its splendid 360 degree views. A pleasant, long descent brings us back to Old Chuch Stoke past the National Nature Reserve of Roundton Hill (optional extra for those who still need a little more!)

Total number of guests 14 + (Leader and co-leader)

 

Blue Bells and Bury Ditches

Distance 4 miles  /  6.4 kms
Level Moderate and Easy Walking
Start Time 10.30 am
Meeting Point Harley Jenkins Car Park, behind CO-OP in Bishop’s Castle
Postcode / Grid Ref      SY9 5AH
Finish Point Bury Ditches Car Park (Grid Ref: SO 333 839) and return to Bishop’s Castle       
Walk Leaders Peter Carty: Peter.Carty@nationaltrust.org.uk

We car share from the Harley Jenkins Car Park, Bishop’s Castle to Bury Ditches Car Park (Grid Ref : SO 333 839).  To start the walk we go down a section of the Shropshire Way to Walcot wood and back to Bury ditches. Walcot wood is a fragment of a much larger deer park which once belonged to Clive of India. It has a million bluebells and 35 veteran oak trees some of which were seedling when Elizabeth 1st was Queen. It is a nature walk and we will be stopping to look and listen for birdsong. The second loop will take us up to the Iron Age Hill Fort to take a view over the south Shropshire landscape.
Bring a packed lunch and a drink.

Peter Carty is the Countryside Parkland & Gardens Manager, National trust South Shropshire and Kinver Edge

Total number of guests 20 + (Leader and co-leader)

 

8.00pm Presentation Shropshire Wildlife & Landscapes by Andy Peters

 

Friday 17thMay 2019

Hopesay Common, Wart Hill and back to Bishop’s Castle

Distance 12 miles  /  20 km
Level Strenuous / Energetic
Start Time 09.30 am
Meeting Point Auction Yard Car Park, Bishop’s Castle, off Station St 
Postcode / Grid Ref      SY9 5AQ
Finish Point Bishop’s Castle       
Walk Leaders Glynn Roberts: glynn.roberts@mac.com 

This is a long strenuous walk and is for experienced walkers. From Bishop’s Castle we will take the Dial a Ride minibus to Hopesay, where the walk starts. there is a climb from here up onto Hopesay Common and Hill followed by the ascent to the first hill fort, Wart Hill. We then drop back down into the Hopesay valley before the climb up to the classic iron Age fort of Burrow, hopefully our lunch stop. Picking up the Shropshire Way we descend into the Kemp Valley followed by the steady climb up to Bury Ditches, the third hill fort. From here the walk goes through forest and farmland back to Bishop’s Castle for well earned refreshments.
Please make sure you have suitable footwear and clothing and bring a packed lunch, snacks and plenty to drink. A flask with hot drink would be useful, as we do not pass any shops or cafes.

Total number of guests 12 + (Leader and co-leader)

 

Mineside to Fireside

Distance 4 miles  / 6.5 km
Level Easy / Moderate
Start Time 10.00 am
Meeting Point Snailbeach Village Hall Car Park
Postcode / Grid Ref      SY5 0NX / SJ 373 023
Finish Point Bishop’s Castle       
Walk Leaders Jerry Hughes: wjerry.hughes@gmail.com 

The morning’s walk of 4 miles will take us up Crows Nest Dingle to the restored miners cottages at Blakemoorgate on the Stiperstones Ridge. We will explore the cottages before descending the ridge via The Hollies, the remains of an ancient holly forest thought to be the largest remaining such wood in Europe. We will pause at remote Lords Hill Chapel before lunch in the Miners Dry on the Snailbeach Mine site.  During the afternoon the plan is go underground, first into Day Level, an adit of 100m that links to the Lords Hill shaft, and second, into Perkins Level (horizontal) which comprises of tunnels and stopes (caverns) where the miners worked to extract the minerals.

There is a £6 charge for the afternoon’s mine visit (to be collected on the day), which will be paid to the Shropshire Mines trust for the continued up keep of the site. For this part of the day you will require wellingtons as the mine is flooded in parts. There will be short stretches underground where bending will be necessary.
Please bring packed lunch and drink.

 Total number of guests 10 + (Leader and co-leader)

 

Wild West Challenge

Distance 9 miles  /  14 km
Level Moderate / Energetic
Start Time 9.30 am
Meeting Point Auction Yard Car Park, Bishop’s Castle, off Station St 
Postcode / Grid Ref      SY9 5AQ
Finish Point Bishop’s Castle       
Walk Leaders Paul & Lesley Baddeley: p_baddeley@hotmail.com

We share cars and travel five miles west of Bishop’s Castle up onto Clun Forest (not a forest at all but once a royal hunting ground).
The walk crosses two nature reserves where we might see unusual flowers and birds such as mountain pansies or curlew.  There are big skies and far-reaching views for most of the way, although we cross two beautiful valleys where the scenery is more mellow. A walk to get away from it all!
Please bring drink and food for a mid-morning break and lunch.

 Total number of guests 14 + (Leader and co-leader)

 

Norbury and Linley Hill

Distance 9 miles  /  14 km
Level Energetic
Start Time 9.00 am
Meeting Point Auction Yard Car Park, Bishop’s Castle, off Station Road 
Postcode / Grid Ref      SY9 5AQ
Finish Point Bishop’s Castle       
Walk Leaders Ian Kidd: ian.kidd7@btinternet.com  

We car-share from Bishop’s Castle and drive to The Bog where we start our walk. This is quite a hilly walk, but not too strenuous, with excellent views in good weather of the surrounding Shropshire hills, such as the Long Mynd and Stiperstones.  The route leads away from the Stiperstones and follows the Linley Hill beech avenue down to Norbury, where you will see one of the oldest yew trees in England.  After lunch in Norbury, we will make our way back towards the Stiperstones/The Bog.
Please bring food and drink for a lunch stop.

Total number of guests 16 + (Leader and co-leader)

 

Chirbury to Corndon

Distance 10 miles  /  16.09 kms
Level Energetic
Start Time 10.00 am at Chirbury Village Hall Car Park Grid ref SO 263984
Meeting Point As above or Car share from Bishop’s Castle at 09.15 am if required.
Postcode / Grid Ref      Chirbury GR SO 263984
Finish Point Chirbury (as above)
Walk Leaders Iain Smith: iainafsmith@gmail.com
Bret Kibble

Please advise Leader if you can offer a lift from Bishop’s Castle or need a lift.
Charge for parking is a discretionary contribution at Chirbury.

This walk from Chirbury goes through Marrington Dingle along the River Camlad and then takes us up across the border to the summit of Corndon. It’s all down hill after our lunch stop, going along to Mitchell’s Fold Stone Circle, then back via Middleton and Heightley to Chirbury.  Be prepared for potentially cool winds at the top!
Please bring a packed lunch, snacks and plenty of drink

Total number of guests 25 + (Leader and co-leader)

 

7.45 pm : Film – TBC

Saturday 18th May

Horseshoe Coppice – Bishop’s Castle

Distance 5 miles  / 8 km
Level Easy Walk and Pace
Start Time 10.00 am
Meeting Point Auction Yard Car Park, Bishop’s Castle, off Station St 
Postcode / Grid Ref      SY9 5AQ
Finish Point Bishop’s Castle       
Walk Leaders Judith Payne: Judith.p@talk21.com 

A short walk, starting and finishing in Bishop’s Castle.  Walking along some quiet lanes and over the fields, our goal being a pretty valley around the spring which feeds the Colebatch Brook. We return by a slightly different route, following the stream homewards and then we walk up through Cwm Mawr Dingle and back down to town in time to find your own lunch and have afternoon time to look around, and perhaps do some shopping!  Bring a drink and a snack for elevenses.

 Total number of guests 20 + (Leader and co-leader)

 

Around Clun Valley – Forts, Fields and ForestsSORRY Fully Booked

Distance 12.5  miles  / 20.12 km / 2000 ascent
Level Strenuous
Start Time 10.00 am
Meeting Point Bury Ditches Car Park
Postcode / Grid Ref      GR (SO 334 840)
Finish Point As above
Walk Leaders Dan Gordon-Lee: dan@dgl-enviro.com 

Description of walk: Led by Dan Gordon Lee, who has spent his professional life working in ecology and conservation, the walk initially heads east from Bury Ditches via Kempton to the beautiful and significant Burrow hillfort, commanding spectacular views of the south Shropshire countryside. On the way we’ll detour through Walcot Wood and talk about how the National Trust is recreating the ancient wood pasture habitat here.
After Burrow, our route heads south into the beautiful Clun Valley, where we follow the river west, through old estates, giving us the chance to talk a little about past and present management of the valley and the river.
Heading upwards again, we pass through the SWT reserve of Clunton Coppice, and look at some of the work the Trust is doing for wildlife in this old coppice woodland, before heading through forest to Clunton. We finish up with a climb to the summit of Bury Ditches hillfort to enjoy our second panoramic view of the day, before descending to the car park for a well-earned rest.

Please make sure you bring a packed lunch, snacks and plenty of drink. Car-sharing is encouraged: please advise Leader if you can offer a lift from Bishop’s Castle. Parking is free at Bury Ditches.

Max numbers 8 + (Leader & co-leader)

 

 

The Ups & Downs of the Shropshire Hills – including Llamas & Zwartbles Sheep

Distance 8.5 miles  / 14 km
Level Moderate
Start Time 10.00 am
Meeting Point Bridges (The Horseshoe Inn) Car Park
Postcode / Grid Ref      SY5 0ST / SO 393 964
Finish Point As above       
Walk Leaders Trevor Sheard: trevorsheard@hotmail.com 

This circular walk passes through the beautiful Shropshire hills between the renowned Long Mynd and the Stiperstones ridge.
From the Bridges car park, the route takes us through the charming Darnford valley and then climbs gently towards the Stiperstones ridge. This takes us through the pasture land and meadows of numerous small livestock farms, including some with rare breeds of sheep and even llamas.  There are quite a lot of stiles.

At the foot of the Stiperstones ridge, the walk turns westwards with panoramic views across the valley to the Long Mynd and down the valley of the East Onny river.   We begin to drop down across open access grassland and deciduous woodland to eventually reach the river itself.  A small climb from the valley bottom takes us onto an old drovers’ route offering more spectacular views, this time towards the Stiperstones, which leads us back to the pub where tea and cakes are available for those who wish to partake.
Please allow 30 minutes for driving from Bishop’s Castle and bring drink and a packed lunch

Total number of guests 12 + (Leader and co-leader)

 

Short Norbury & Linley Hill Walk

Distance 4.5 miles  / 8 km
Level Moderate / Easy walking
Start Time 10.00 am
Meeting Point Auction Yard Car Park, Bishop’s Castle, off Station St
Postcode / Grid Ref      SY9 5AQ
Finish Point Bishop’s Castle       
Walk Leaders Ian Kidd: ian.kidd7@btinternet.com  

We car-share from Bishop’s Castle and drive to the Village Hall at Norbury where we start our walk; which will only be 2.5 to 3 hours duration.  If the weather is fine lets enjoy the views.

This is not a strenuous walk but there is a steady climb on to the hill above Norbury with excellent views in good weather of the surrounding Shropshire hills, such as the Long Mynd and Stiperstones.  You will see one of the oldest yew trees in England in the Church grounds at Norbury and points of interest along the route will be shown to you. The route follows the Linley Hill beech avenue down to Norbury
Please bring food and drink for a lunch stop.

Total number of guests 18 + (Leader and co-leader)

 

Castle – Coppice – Colebatch – Cafe SORRY Fully Booked

Distance 8 miles  / 13 km
Level Moderate
Start Time 10.30 am
Meeting Point Bishop’s Castle Town Hall, High Street 
Postcode / Grid Ref      SY9 5BG
Finish Point Bishop’s Castle       
Walk Leaders Alison Gouldstone: agouldstone@btintrnet.com 

A circular walk from Bishop’s Castle over fields and farmland, along forest tracks and quiet lanes.  It starts by heading west from the town over fields to the pretty, secluded Horseshoe Coppice and then turns south to cross Colebatch Hill from which there are excellent views across to the Long Mynd.  After a short spell on a narrow lane, we’ll walk along the side of Goathouse Dingle and on through Blakeridge Wood, returning to the town across farmland and onto the Shropshire Way.  Although there are the usual ups and downs to be expected in the Shropshire hills, there are no particularly steep climbs.  Please bring drink and food as there’ll be a lunch stop half way round and, for those who fancy it, a cup of tea in town at the end.

Total number of guests 10 + (Leader and co-leader)

 

Ancient Hill Fort and Motte & Bailey

Distance 7 miles  /  11 km
Level Moderate / Mainly easy tracks
Start Time 9.30 am
Meeting Point Auction Yard Car Park, Bishop’s Castle, off Station St 
Postcode / Grid Ref      SY9 5AQ
Finish Point Colstey Woods GR 304842
Walk Leaders Steve Timm:  

We car-share from Bishop’s Castle and drive to Colstey Woods (GR 304842) where we start our walk.  This is an easy walk with just a few hills, but not too strenuous, with excellent views in good weather of the surrounding Shropshire hills, such as the Long Mynd and Corndon.  The route leads us through the woods to Lower Down, where there is the site of a Motte & Bailey (built in 1080). We then make our way up to Bury Ditches (an Iron Age Hill Fort), then join the Shropshire Way to Guilden Down, where we can enjoy Tea and Cakes at the “Tea on the Way Café”. After which we head back to the start at the entrance to Colstey Wood.
Please bring food and drink for a lunch stop.

Total number of guests 15 + (Leader and co-leader)

7.30 pm: Meal followed by our own Shropshire Val Littlehales

 

Sunday 19thMay 2019

Bishop’s Castle – Off beaten paths

Distance 10 miles / 16 km
Level Moderate (some steep climbs)
Start Time 10.00 am
Meeting Point Auction Yard Car Park, Bishop’s Castle, off Station St 
Postcode / Grid Ref      SY9 5AQ
Finish Point Bishop’s Castle       
Walk Leaders Steve Levers: steve01588@gmail.com 

A circular walk starting and finishing in Bishop’s Castle, including Blakeridge Wood, Mainstone and Bishop’s Moat.  Exploring some beautiful and tranquil countryside using a variety of paths, tracks and quiet lanes, with lovely view on a clear day. This is moderate + walk with some steep climbs, so a fair level of fitness is required, allow five to six hours. Bring food and drink for the walk as there are no opportunities to buy these on route.

Total number of guests 14 + (Leader and co-leader)

 

Adstone, Golden Valley and Pole Bank

Distance 10 miles / 16 km
Level Moderate / Strenuous
Start Time 9.00 am
Meeting Point Auction Yard Car Park Bishops Castle and Car Share 
Postcode / Grid Ref      SY9 5AQ
Finish Point GR 393 965 Bridges Public House (Horseshoe Inn)  
Walk Leaders Janet Hill: janetscholfieldhill@gmail.com 

We car share from the Auction Yard Car Park Bishop’s Castle and start the walk from the Bridges Public House Car Park (GR 393 965), The Horseshoe Inn. This delightful 10 mile walk takes in part of the Shropshire Way along the Darnford Brook (Golden Valley), visiting the grave of the last known Sinneater in Shropshire at Ratlinghope Church on the way. Turning South the walk takes you onto the moor land features of the Long Mynd, where we join the Jack Myton Way. Calling at Pole Bank, and then descending down to Adstone via Medlicott. Joining the Shropshire Way again back to the Bridges Public House Car Park.
Please bring packed lunch and drinks

Total number of guests 14 + (Leader and co-leader)

 

Downton Gorge

Distance 3.5 miles / 6 km
Level Strenuous / Steep slopes, difficult terrain and narrow paths
Start Time 09.15 am at Auction Yard Car Park, Bishop’s Castle, and car sharing to Forge Bridge
Meeting Point Forge Bridge, Downton 
Postcode / Grid Ref      GR SO 454750
Finish Point As above
Walk Leader

Simon Cooter, Manager of Stiperstones National Nature Reserve:

stiperstones.events@naturalengland.org.uk 

Richard Payne Knight was part of the Picturesque Movement in the 18th century and developed the walks and the follies to entertain the guests to his private estate.  As the estate is still privately owned, this is a rare opportunity to visit this nature reserve and SSSI.  Although this is not a long walk, it is a strenuous one with steep climbs and descents on narrow paths.  Agility and a head for heights are needed and walking poles are recommended.  The start of the walk has very restricted parking so car-sharing from Bishop’s Castle is recommended.  The walk starts at the Forge Bridge (grid ref: SO 454 750, Sheet 203 Ludlow).  This is south of the A4113 Bromfield to Leintwardine road.  The walk runs to 1 pm so lunch not necessarily required although you might want it afterwards or could go to the Ludlow food centre cafe. There will be a stop for drinks and snack.  Please bring drinks and packed lunch.

Cost £8.00.  Children by arrangement (no reduction).

Total number of guests 15 + Leader

 

Some Bishop’s Castle Hidden Secrets

Distance 6 miles / 10 km
Level Moderate
Start Time 10.00 am
Meeting Point Auction Yard Car Park, Bishop’s Castle, off Station St 
Postcode / Grid Ref      SY9 5AQ
Finish Point Bishop’s Castle       
Walk Leaders Glynn Roberts : glynn.roberts@mac.com 

The walk starts by taking the Shropshire Way north through town. We then head west to the Wintles and Bankshead before dropping down into the peaceful Woodbatch Valley. After exploring this valley we return to Bishop’s Castle via the Novers.
Please make sure you have suitable footwear and clothing and bring a packed lunch, snacks and plenty to drink. A flask with hot drink would be useful, as we do not pass any shops or cafes.

 Total number of guests 12 + (Leader and co-leader)