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Saturday 13 May

The Quietest Place Under the Sun?

Sorry, this walk is fully booked.

Distance & Level 12 miles  (19 km)                                             Energetic/Strenuous
Start time 09.30
Meeting point Clun Memorial Hall, Clun
Postcode / Grid Ref SY7 8NY
Finish Point As above
Walk Leaders Linda Martin:  scottiecat3@live.com
Hilary Berry

This varied walk takes us through the stunning countryside south of the historic town of Clun. We start off through the grounds of the ruined castle and climb up past the church.  Our climb continues steeply onto a bridle path and, at the top, we have superb views back to the Clun valley and the little town below.  Further on, views to the south and west unfold and we descend into the pretty valley of the River Redlake.  Our route is then through narrow valleys, fields and woodland towards Hopton Castle (the scene of a siege in the Civil War).  A steady climb then takes us up to Sowdley Wood after which we return to Clun, hoping to see soaring red kites on the way.  Once back in the town, refreshments are available at two pubs serving a selection of local ales, and a teashop with a selection of homemade cakes (cost not included).

Please bring enough food and drink for a full day’s walking.

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Saturday 13 May

Stiperstones Ridge Walk

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Distance & Level 10 miles  (16km)                                                                             Energetic
Start time 09.30
Meeting point Auction Yard Car Park, Station Street, Bishop’s Castle
Postcode / Grid Ref SY9 5AQ
Finish Point As above
Walk Leaders Jerry Hughes:  wjerry.hughes@gmail.com
Glynn Roberts

We car-share from Bishop’s Castle and drive 9 miles north-east to the car park just above the Bog Centre (SY5 0NG, grid ref: SO 357978).

Our walk starts with a short wooded stretch south to the Rock which marks the beginning of the southern end of the Stiperstones Ridge and then follow the ridge north, past the quartzite outcrops of Manstone Rock and the Devil’s Chair.  Towards the northern end of the ridge, pause to view the restored squatters’ cottages before descending through Resting Hill oak wood to the remains of Snailbeach Lead Mine where we will eat our packed lunch.  The afternoon section of the walk will lead back up onto the Stiperstones Ridge via Lordshill Chapel and Britain’s last remaining holly ‘forest’ before contouring round the eastern side of the ridge.  The walk recrosses the ridge to follow the path leading down to the Bog Visitor Centre and a welcome cup of tea (cost not included).

Please bring packed lunch and drinks.

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Saturday 13 May

Fron Wood

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Distance & Level 9 miles  (14 km)                                                                          Moderate
Start time 10.00
Meeting point Front of the Town Hall, High Street, Bishop’s Castle
Postcode / Grid Ref SY9 5BG
Finish Point Six Bells pub, Church Street, Bishop’s Castle
Walk Leaders Anne Roberts: anne.roberts@mac.com 
Alison Gouldstone

Our route will use part of the Shropshire Way along the Woodbatch Valley to Fron Wood. Lovely hilltop views back to Bishop’s Castle and the woods and valleys around. Last year this wood had a carpet of magnificent bluebells.  Fingers crossed we will see them again! From Fron Wood we cross the fields to Cwmmawr Dingle and back to Bishop’s Castle, finishing at the Six Bells for tea and cakes (cost not included).

Please bring a packed lunch and drink.

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Saturday 13 May

Hopesay Circular: Warts and All

Distance & Level 8 miles  (13 km)                                                     Moderate/energetic
Start time 10.00
Meeting Point Village Centre, Hopesay
Postcode / Grid Ref SY7 8HD / SO 390833
Finish Point As above
Walk Leaders Janet Priestley: priestleyjack@btinternet.com
Maggie Beckley

We climb out of Hopesay village to the airy top of Hopesay Hill with long views to the east. Heading north, we climb prominent Wart Hill, our first iron age fort.  We then descend through attractive farmland before climbing up to the Burrow. This impressive iron age fort includes a well-preserved series of ramparts and, on a fine day, there are magnificent 360 degree views over the countryside.  We then join the Shropshire Way down to Kempton before returning to Hopesay.  Here we can view the exceptional Norman/Gothic church followed by tea and cakes at the Glebe Farm tearoom opposite (cost not included).  This walk has 1745 ft of ascent.

Please bring food and refreshments for a morning break and lunch.  Walking poles advisable.

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Saturday 13 May

Bishop’s Castle to Brockton Circular

Sorry, this walk is fully booked.

Distance & Level 7 miles  (11 km)                                                                              Moderate
Start time 10.30
Meeting point Bishop’s Castle Town Hall, High Street
Postcode / Grid Ref SY9 5BG
Finish Point As above
Walk Leaders Jenny Ellis:  k.ellis205@btinternet.com
Judith Evans

Leaving Bishop’s Castle we cross the fields to Colebatch and on to the small hamlet of Brockton. We then walk through woodland and along a sunken lane with banks of wild flowers. A short pull-up to the edge of Blakeridge Wood is rewarded with fine views, before we drop down to the Woodbatch valley, returning to Bishop’s Castle via the Shropshire Way.

Please bring drink and a packed lunch.

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Sunday 14 May

Along the Long Mynd: Church Stretton to Bishop’s Castle

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Distance & Level 12.5  miles  (20 km)                                                                    Energetic
Start Time 10.00
Meeting Point Auction Yard Car Park, Station Street, Bishop’s Castle
Postcode / Grid Ref SY9 5AQ
Finish Point Castle Hotel, Bishop’s Castle
Walk Leaders Paul & Lesley Baddeley:  p_baddeley@hotmail.com

We travel by community transport to Church Stretton, 13 miles north-east of Bishop’s Castle, where our walk begins. After a steady pull-up through a dramatic valley, our walk takes us across heathland to the highest point of the Long Mynd (516m). Here we have far-reaching 360 degree views, hopefully including Snowdonia and the Malvern Hills. This beautiful, wild area is owned by the National Trust and is home to wild ponies and a wide variety of birds. We then head down the ancient Portway to the southern end of the Mynd, enjoying the easy walking and magnificent views. After crossing the little River Onny, our final stage is over broad Oakeley Mynd, along by-ways and through fields and woodland to Bishop’s Castle where we can relax with refreshments at the Castle Hotel (cost not included).

The cost of transport is £2.50 per person. Please bring  lunch and drink.

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Sunday 14 May

A Hilly Hike to Offa’s Dyke

Distance & Level 12 miles  (19 km)                                                                          Strenuous
Start time 10.00
Meeting point Auction Yard Car Park, Station Street, Bishop’s Castle
Postcode / Grid Ref SY9 5AQ
Finish Point As above about 16.30
Walk Leaders Steve Levers: steve01588@gmail.com 
Emma Wyatt

A chance to join the author of this walk taken from the very successful book Clun Valley & Borders – 33 Favourite Walks. Using a variety of paths, bridleways, tracks and quiet country lanes, the walk works its way ‘up and down’ to Offa’s Dyke. Expect steep hills, both climbing and descending, and a number of stiles.  This is a chance to sample some of the best walking Bishop’s Castle has to offer, with rewarding views on a clear day. If you would like to buy a copy of the book, then please bring £5.95 on the day. (Any profits from book sales go to Clun Walking Group, and will support local good causes.) The walk includes 2,200ft of ascent.  Leaving on foot promptly at 10am, we will return to Bishop’s Castle about 4.30pm.

Please bring plenty of food and drink for the day.

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Sunday 14 May

Who Lived Here? – a twenty mile two-day challenge walk

This 20 mile Challenge will offer an element of continuity should you elect to accept the challenge and do the two consecutive days.  Nevertheless, you will be more than welcome for the first or second day alone. Throughout the two days, leaders will comment on the lives of people who lived and worked along the way.

Day 1

Distance & Level 10 miles   (16 km)                                                                            Strenuous
Start time 09.30
Meeting point Auction Yard Car Park, Station Street, Bishop’s Castle
Postcode / Grid Ref SY9 5AQ
Finish Point As above

Walk Leaders

 

Ted Laidlar:  ted.laidlar123@btinternet.com

Mary Bason

We follow the Shropshire Way north via Lydham (motte and bailey), through More (motte and bailey) to Linley, then rising along the beech avenue over Linley Hill to Birchope, Kinnerton Hall and down to Bridges.  Back on the Shropshire Way we head south, scale Adstone Hill and drop down to meet our minibus at Stanbatch Cottage for the drive back to Bishop’s Castle (10 miles). Please bring food and drink for a day’s walking.

The cost of transport is £3 per person.

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Sunday 14 May

Linley Hill and Norbury  

Also on Tuesday 16 May 

Distance & Level 9 miles  (14 km)                                                                           Energetic
Start time 09.15
Meeting point Auction Yard Car Park, Station Street, Bishop’s Castle
Postcode / Grid Ref SY9 5AQ
Finish Point As above
Walk Leaders Ian & Shirley Kidd:  ian.kidd7@btinternet.com

We car-share from Bishop’s Castle and drive to the car park on the west side of the Stiperstones, just up from the Bog Visitor Centre (SY5 0NG, grid ref: SO 357979).

This is quite a hilly walk, but not 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 beeches 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.

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Sunday 14 May

Downton Gorge:  In the Footsteps of Richard Payne Knight 

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Distance & Level 3.5 miles  (6 km)                                                                                  Strenuous
Start time 09.30
Meeting point Public Hall car park, Station Street, Bishop’s Castle
Postcode / Grid Ref SY9 5AQ 
Finish Point As above
Walk Leaders Simon Cooter, Manager of Stiperstones National Nature Reserve:
  stiperstones.events@naturalengland.org.uk

Car-sharing is recommended from Bishop’s Castle as parking at the Gorge is very restricted. The walk starts from the Forge bridge at 10.00 (grid ref: SO 454750, Sheet 203, Ludlow). This is south of the A4113, Bromfield to Leintwardine road.

Richard Payne Knight was part of the Picturesque Movement in the 18th century and developed the walks to entertain the guests to his private estate.  The estate is still private with no public access. Downton Gorge is a 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.

Please bring drinks and packed lunch.

Cost £7.  Children by arrangement  (no reduction).

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Monday 15 May

Market to Market

Distance & Level 14 miles  (22 km)                                                                             Energetic
Start time 09.00
Meeting point Bus stop outside the Boar’s Head pub, Church Street, Bishop’s Castle
Postcode / Grid Ref SY9 5AE
Finish Point Bishop’s Castle
Walk Leaders Jean Denniss:  jean.denniss@btinternet.com
  Trevor Sheard

We take the Ludlow bus from the market town of Bishop’s Castle to travel along the scenic Clun river valley to the market town of Craven Arms.  This is a walk through border country peppered with hill forts and castles.  We will walk through part of the Walcot Estate (Clive of India lived here) with its ancient oak trees, up to the well-preserved hill fort of Bury Ditches before making our way back along the Shropshire Way to Bishop’s Castle. The walk involves more than 2,000 ft of ascent and descent.

Bus fare approximately £5.  English concessionary passes are valid, even though we board the bus before 9.30am. Please bring lunch, snacks and plenty to drink.

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Monday 15 May

Clun Forest Highlands

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Distance & Level 10  miles  (16 km)                                                                           Energetic
Start time 09.30
Meeting point Auction Yard Car Park, Station Street, Bishop’s Castle
Postcode / Grid Ref SY9 5AQ
Finish Point Bottom of  Church Street, Bishop’s Castle
Walk Leaders Mike Kelly, Shropshire Hills AONB, Natural Environment  Officer: 
mike.kelly@shropshire.gov.uk 
Beryl Bronner

A community minibus takes us 15 miles west to the start of our walk in the high hills of the Clun Forest. Striking north to Shadwell Hill, we will pass the ancient Cantlin Stone before descending into the upland valley of Cwm Moch.  Ahead lies a climb up to Mason’s Bank where we cross a former forestry plantation where we might catch a glimpse of the Highland Cattle which help manage this wildlife site.  After Mason’s Bank, we start descending alongside the headwater streams of the River Unk to be rewarded with fine views down the Unk Valley.  After crossing Offa’s Dyke, a short climb takes us above Dolfawr and over the river at Edenhope. Passing above Crinkling Wood, we gain the Kerry Ridgeway, an ancient drovers’ route which takes us to Bishop’s Moat.  Leaving the Ridgeway, our walk progresses steadily downhill towards Bishop’s Castle to end opposite the church.

Please bring drink and a packed lunch.  The cost of transport is £3.

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Monday 15 May

Who Lived Here? – a twenty mile two-day challenge walk

Day 2

This 20 mile Challenge will offer an element of continuity should you elect to accept the challenge and do the two consecutive days.  Nevertheless, you will be more than welcome for the first or second day alone. Throughout the two days, leaders will comment on the lives of people who lived and worked along the way.
Distance & Level 10 miles  (16km)                                                                           Strenuous
Start time 9.30
Meeting point Auction Yard Car Park, Station Street, Bishop’s Castle
Postcode / Grid Ref SY9 5AQ
Finish Point As above
Walk Leaders Ted Laidlar: ted.laidlar123@btinternet.com
  Mary Bason

We take the minibus back to yesterday’s finish point at Stanbatch Cottage and then, still heading south, gradually ascend the Long Mynd where we follow the Portway past the gliding club and various tumuli. We descend through the Rabbit Warren to Plowden, Eyton, Totterton and over Oakeley Mynd, back to Bishop’s Castle. Please bring food and drink for a day’s walking.

The cost of transport is £3 per person.

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Monday 15 May

Three Hills: Corndon, Roundton and Todleth

Sorry, this walk is fully booked.

Distance & Level 9 miles  (14 km)                                                                                 Energetic
Start time 09.30
Meeting point Auction Yard Car Park, Station Street, Bishop’s Castle
Postcode / Grid Ref SY9 5AQ
Finish Point Castle Hotel, Bishop’s Castle
Walk Leaders Lesley & Paul Baddeley: lesley_baddeley@hotmail.com

We car-share from Bishop’s Castle  and drive five miles north to the Village Hall car park in Hyssington, just over the border into Wales  (SY15 6AT,  grid ref:  SO 312942).

This is a lovely walk.  From the interesting village of Hyssington, we climb steadily across attractive farmland and up onto the grassy slopes of Corndon Hill.  The views should be wonderful.  After a steep descent we join the old turnpike road and head south to Roundton Hill.  This impressive little hill is part of a nature reserve and we might spot Peregrine falcons nesting on the rocks. A short but steep descent and ascent brings us to the top of Todleth Hill from where our route takes us on tracks, lanes and across fields back to Hyssington.

Please bring lunch and drinks.

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Monday 15  May 

Mineside to Fireside

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Distance & Level 4 miles  (6.5 km)                                                                           Moderate 
Start time 10.00
Meeting point Snailbeach Village Hall, Snailbeach
Postcode / Grid Ref SY5 0NX / SJ 373023
Finish Point As above
Walk Leaders Jerry Hughes:  wjerry.hughes@gmail.com & Iain Smith

A four-mile morning walk followed by an afternoon exploring the surface and underground remains of Snailbeach Lead Mine.

Follow the route of the disused Snailbeach mine railway to Crows Nest Dingle where the footpath leads up a narrow valley onto the northern end of the Stiperstones Ridge. Here we will view the recently restored squatters’ cottages at Blakemoorgate. The walk then gently descends the ridge through Britain’s only remaining holly ‘forest’, past Lordshill Chapel before stopping for lunch at Snailbeach Lead Mine.  The afternoon will be spent looking at the surface buildings of the mine and exploring the underground workings. Bring wellies for the underground mine visit (which is optional).

The additional cost of this walk is £5 (to be collected on the day) which will be paid to the Shropshire Mines Trust for the continued upkeep of the site.

Please bring a packed lunch and drink.

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Monday 15 May

Walking for Health

Distance & Level Approximately 1 mile  (1.6 km)
Start time 10.30 am
Meeting point Enterprise House, Station Street, Bishop’s Castle
Postcode / Grid Ref SY9 5AQ
Finish Point The Pharmacy, Church Street, Bishop’s Castle
Walk Leaders Anne Roberts:  anne.roberts@mac.com

Walking for Health is open to all and designed for people who would be more active but their level of fitness has declined due to ill health and/or age.  The walks last for approximately 60 minutes and in the lower part of the town to avoid steep hills.  We usually have a cuppa and chat at a local café making a sociable end to the morning.  Come along and have a go.  It’s free and friendly.  No need to book – just turn up.

 

Tuesday 16 May

The Magnificent Seven or the Famous Five?  The choice is yours!

Distance & Level 13.5 (21 km) or 9.5 miles  (15 km)                                          Strenuous
Start time 10.00
Meeting point Layby on the edge of Church Stretton
Postcode / Grid Ref SY6 7ES / SO 468932 
Finish Point As above
Walk Leaders Maggie Beckley:  maggieboase@hotmail.co.uk
  Janet Priestley

The meeting point is on the B 4371 at the edge of Church Stretton.  Driving from Bishop’s Castle you will approach Church Stretton driving north up the A49.  At the traffic lights turn right onto the B4371.  The layby will be on your left after 0.8 miles at the top of the hill.

This walk covers the seven hills east of Church Stretton. However we will pass the starting point after five of the hills, so you can drop out if necessary; decide on the day! We will walk through bluebell woods, fields of lambs, search for King Caractacus’s cave and have views: north into Cheshire, south to the Malverns, east to the Clees and west into Wales.  If the weather is poor, we can adapt the walk to suit the conditions.

We will have coffee and lunch stops, so bring provisions.  We aim to finish the shorter walk by 3.15 and the longer one by 5.00pm. This is a strenuous walk for the average walker … like the leaders!

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Tuesday 16 May

Long Mynd and Adstone Hill

Also on Wednesday 17 May           

Distance & Level 10 miles  (16 km)                                                                      Energetic
Start Time 10.00
Meeting Point The Bridges pub car park, Bridges
Postcode / Grid Ref SY5 0ST / SO 393965
Finish Point As above
Walk Leaders Trevor Sheard:  trevorsheard@hotmail.com
  Jean Denniss

Our walk starts at Bridges from where we walk up the delightful wooded Darnford Valley emerging onto the more open ground of Golden Valley.  We join the Shropshire Way which leads up onto the Long Mynd and its highest point at Pole Bank.  From here there are wonderful views of the Shropshire hills and beyond to the Welsh mountains of Cader Idris and Snowdon.  Finally we descend west to the foot of Adstone Hill and then over the hill, back to the starting point at Bridges.

Please bring a packed lunch and drink for the day.

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Tuesday 16 May

Walk the Portway – a Bronze Age Trackway

Distance & Level 10 miles  (16 km)                                                    Energetic / strenuous
Start time 09.30
Meeting point Public Hall car park, Station Street, Bishop’s Castle
Postcode / Grid Ref SY9 5AQ
Finish Point As above
Walk Leaders Anne & Glynn Roberts:  glynn.roberts@mac.com

We car-share from Bishop’s Castle and drive to the old quarry (grid ref: SO 387886, sheet 217) where car parking is available. The walk skirts the Long Mynd to the east before ascending one of the beautiful steep-sided valleys, Minton Batch.  At the top we join the ancient high level route way where we will be rewarded with extensive views over south Shropshire and well beyond.  We then descend gradually and return to the car park at the old quarry.

A full day’s walk with drinks and lunch required.

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Tuesday 16 May

Linley Hill and Norbury

Also on Sunday 14 May

Distance & Level 9 miles  (14 km)                                                                          Energetic
Start time 09.15
Meeting point Auction Yard Car Park, Station Street, Bishop’s Castle
Postcode / Grid Ref SY9 5AQ
Finish Point As above
Walk Leaders Ian & Shirley Kidd:  ian.kidd7@btinternet.com

We car-share from Bishop’s Castle and drive to the start of the walk on the west side of the Stiperstones, the car park just up from the Bog Visitor Centre (SY5 0NG, grid ref: SO 357979).

This is quite a hilly walk, but not 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 beeches down to Norbury where you will see one of the oldest yew trees in England.  After lunch we will make our way back towards the Stiperstones / The Bog.

Please bring packed lunch and drink.

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Tuesday 16 May

Offa’s Dyke and Beautiful Demoiselles

 Sorry, this walk is fully booked.

Distance & Level 6.5 miles (10 km)                                              Moderate                           
Start
9.30
Meeting point Auction Yard Car Park, Station Street, Bishop’s Castle
Postcode / Grid Ref SY9 5AQ
Finish Point As above, between 3 and 4 pm
Walk Leaders Judith Evans  judithevans@waitrose.com & Hilary Berry

We car-share from Bishop’s Castle and travel in convoy.  Please let the Walk Leader know if you will need a lift or are willing to give a lift.

The walk starts at 10.00 on a section of Offa’s Dyke ¾ mile south of Springhill crossroads (grid ref: SO 249796) and returns through high pastures, some of which may have cattle grazing.  Short sections are on quiet lanes. Few stiles. 1,030 ft of ascent.

The first section of the walk offers distant views to both sides and the chance of see ravens, buzzards and red kites.  On a later section, we hope to see Beautiful Demoiselle males with their bright blue wings fluttering by the stream.  They are one of the two species of British damselfly which have coloured wings.

Bring refreshments for coffee and lunch stops.

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Wednesday 17 May 

Long Mynd and Adstone Hill 

Also on Tuesday 16 May

Distance & Level 10 miles (16 km)                                                                             Energetic
Start time 09.30
Meeting point Corner of Brampton Road and Bowling Green Close, Bishop’s Castle
Postcode / Grid Ref SY9 5AY  / SO 324884                                                                       ?
Finish Point As above 
Walk Leaders Jerry Hughes:  wjerry.hughes@gmail.com
Hazel Cribb

We car-share from Bishop’s Castle and drive to Bridges (SY5 0ST, grid ref: SO 39236) and park in the pub car park.

Our path takes us up the delightful wooded Darnford Valley emerging onto the more open ground of Golden Valley.  We then Join the Shropshire Way which leads up onto the Long Mynd and its highest point at Pole Bank, which gives wonderful views of the Shropshire hills and beyond to the Welsh mountains of Cader Idris and Snowdon. Finally we descend west to the foot of Adstone Hill and then over the hill back to the Bridges.

Please bring packed lunch and drink.

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Wednesday 17 May

Views and Valleys  

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Distance & Level  9 miles    (14 km)                                                                         Moderate
Start time  10.00
Meeting point  Bishop’s Castle Town Hall, High Street, Bishop’s Castle
Postcode / Grid Ref  SY9 5BG
Finish Point  Bishop’s Castle Town Hall
Walk Leaders  Alison Gouldstone:  agouldstone@btinternet.com
   Anne Roberts

A circular walk from Bishop’s Castle up over the Kerry Ridgeway and into Wales, over fields, along green lanes, small roads and drovers’ paths and through woodland.  Although the walk is rated ‘Moderate’, the climbs and descents are fairly gradual and this is not a difficult walk.  We’ll go up over the Kerry Ridgeway and continue west along a green lane into Wales, with wonderful views of the Shropshire hills to our right and out across mid-Wales ahead of us.  Our route is then through fields, along a wooded path by a stream, and onto a green track to take us back over the Kerry Ridgeway. We return to Bishop’s Castle along a valley bottom and through Cwmmawr Dingle where, with luck, the bluebells will be out.  We’ll have a lunch-stop half way round and there’ll be plenty of opportunities to stop and look at the views.

Please bring drink and a packed lunch.

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Wednesday 17 May

Three Hills: Corndon, Roundton and Todleth

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Distance & Level 9 miles  (14 km)                                                                            Energetic
Start time 09.30
Meeting point Road outside Six Bells pub, Church Street, Bishop’s Castle
Postcode / Grid Ref SY9 5AA
Finish Point Castle Hotel, Bishop’s Castle
Walk Leaders Lesley & Paul Baddeley: lesley_baddeley@hotmail.com

We car-share from Bishop’s Castle  and drive five miles north to the Village Hall car park in Hyssington, just over the border into Wales  (SY15 6AT, grid ref:  SO 312942).

This is a lovely walk.  From the interesting village of Hyssington, we climb steadily across attractive farmland and up onto the grassy slopes of Corndon Hill.  The views should be wonderful.  After a steep descent we join the old turnpike road and head south to Roundton Hill.  This impressive little hill is part of a nature reserve and we might spot Peregrine falcons nesting on the rocks. A short but steep descent and ascent brings us to the top of Todleth Hill from where our route takes us on tracks, lanes and across fields back to Hyssington.

Please bring lunch and drinks.

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Wednesday 17 May 

Brockton, Guilden Down, Stepple Knoll and Lower Down

Sorry, this walk is fully booked.

Distance & Level 8.5 miles  (14 km)                                                                      Moderate
Start time 10.30
Meeting point Road outside the Church Barn, Church Lane, Bishop’s Castle
Postcode / Grid Ref SY9 5FD
Finish Point As above
Walk Leaders Derek & Eileen Mattey:  dlmattey@netscape.net

We car-share from Bishop’s Castle and travel in convoy the 2 miles to Brockton.
Directions from Bishop’s Castle:  Take the road to Lydbury North (B4385) for 1.5 miles. Take the third turning on the right, signed Brockton/Bury Ditches Hill Fort.  Stay on this winding lane into Brockton and there is a small car parking area on the left just before the bridge.

From Brockton we walk towards Acton along a sunken lane with banks of wild flowers then beside a stream through scenic woodland between Red Wood and Hoar Wood.  The walk continues to Guilden Down where we stop for refreshments at Tea on the Way (tea, coffee, cheese scones, cream teas etc). We then follow the Shropshire Way a short distance down a quiet lane towards Clun before turning towards Steeple Knoll along another ancient sunken lane. At the top of a moderate incline you are rewarded with panoramic views over the Clun valley. The walk skirts the edge of Stepple Knoll with more wonderful views towards Clunton and then proceeds towards Bury Ditches.  After passing  the wood on Sunnyhill, the route passes Lower Down where the remains of a Norman motte and bailey castle can been explored before returning along a quiet lane to Brockton.  The walk can be completed within 4.5 to 5 hours with a couple of stops for refreshments.

Please bring drink and a packed lunch.

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Wednesday 17 May

Downton Gorge:  In the Footsteps of Richard Payne Knight 

Cancelled

Also Sunday 14 May

Distance & Level 3.5 miles  (6 km)                                                                                   Strenuous
Start time  09.30   
Meeting point Corner of Brampton Road and  Bowling Green Close, Bishop’s Castle
Postcode / Grid Ref SY9 5AY / SO324884 
Finish Point As above
Walk Leaders Simon Cooter, Manager of Stiperstones National Nature Reserve:
stiperstones.events@naturalengland.org.uk

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 454750, Sheet 203 Ludlow). This is south of the A4113, Bromfield to Leintwardine road.

Richard Payne Knight was part of the Picturesque Movement in the 18th century and developed the walks to entertain the guests to his private estate.  The estate is still private with no public access. Downton Gorge is a 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.

Please bring drinks and packed lunch.

Cost  £7.00.  Children by arrangement (no reduction).

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