Walk Details

  Wednesday 16 May

 The Beauty of the Clun Valley

Distance 12 miles / 19 km
Level Energetic / Strenuous
Start Time 09.30  
Meeting Point Clun Memorial Hall car park, Clun
Postcode / Grid Ref SY7 8NY / SO 302 812
Finish Point As above    
Walk Leaders Linda Martin:  scottiecat3@live.com
Hilary Berry

We climb gently from the charming town of Clun and soon the majestic scenery opens up. Here we are likely to see red kites and buzzards soaring over the hills. After passing the epicentre of the 1990 Bishop’s Castle earthquake, we then walk alongside a stretch of ancient woodland managed by the National Trust. After climbing Clunton Hill with its big views into the Clun valley and beyond,  we arrive in Clunton and start our ascent on the other side of the valley.  More stunning scenery appears as we cross fields and then take forest tracks before our final descent back to Clun.

 There is 2,000 ft of ascent and six to seven hours walking.

Once back in the town, refreshments will be available at two pubs and a teashop with a selection of homemade cakes (cost not included).  We have two breaks during the day so please bring enough food and drink.

 

 

  Wednesday 16 May 

  Exploring the Dingles of the Stiperstones

Distance 10 miles / 17 km
Level Strenuous       
Start Time  09.30
Meeting Point  Six Bells, Church Street, Bishop’s Castle
Postcode / Grid Ref                              SY9 5AA
Finish Point Bishop’s Castle
Walk Leaders Jean Denniss: jean.denniss@btinternet.com
Trevor Sheard

We car-share for this walk as parking is extremely limited. (The public bus, Minsterley Motors 533 from Bishop’s Castle, passes the start of the walk but the return journey would involve a long wait. Please contact the Walk Leader if you are interested in using the bus.)

Climbing out of the Hope Valley we get a good view of the deep, dramatic dingles of the Stiperstones – our challenge for the day.  We will walk up Crowsnest Dingle, down Mytton Dingle, up Perkins Beach Dingle before descending to The Bog where you might like to reward yourself with a well-deserved cup of tea and cake. We return to the Hope Valley looking back with familiarity on the dingles, feeling well satisfied with our achievement.  Let’s hope the sun shines!
Please bring drink and lunch.

 

 

  Wednesday 16 May

  Pole to Pole

Distance 9 miles / 14 km
Level Strenuous 
Start Time 10.00
Meeting Point Church Stretton Methodist Church, 24 Watling Street South, Church Stretton
Postcode / Grid Ref                                       SY6 7BG  / SO 457 935
Finish Point       As above
Walk Leaders Maggie Beckley:  maggieboase@hotmail.co.uk
Janet Priestley 

This walk starts by climbing through fields and trees up on to Ragleth Hill, east of Church Stretton.  At the top there are lovely views of the Stretton valley, east to the Clee Hills and Wenlock Edge and south perhaps to the Malverns.

We then drop down to Little Stretton and climb the Long Mynd up a pretty bridleway to Pole Bank, the highest point.  Again there are great views to the south and west to many mountains in Wales.  We then wind our way down past an old reservoir to the valley floor and find somewhere for a cup of tea!   This is a strenuous walk with long climbs and steep descents. Walking poles are recommended.  Please bring coffee and lunch.

From Bishop’s Castle you will approach Church Stretton driving north up the A49. At the traffic lights, turn right and then immediately right again into Watling Street South. The church is about 200 metres along on the corner of a small cross-roads where there is street parking.

 

 

 Wednesday 16 May

 Witchend – a mystery walk?

Distance                                                                             6 – 7 miles / 10 km  
Level                                                                                    Moderate
Start Time                                                                          09.30
Meeting Point                                                                   Outside the Church Barn, Church Lane
Postcode / Grid Ref                                                         SY9 5AE  
Finish Point                                                                       Bishop’s Castle
Walk Leaders                                                                    Christina van Duivenbode:
………………………………………………………………………            cvanduivenbode3107@btinternet.com

This walk uses community transport from the Church Barn and returns to Bishop’s Castle at about 4pm.

If, like me, you can recall the adventure stories of your youth, this walk is for you.  Many of the Lone Pine stories by Malcolm Saville are set in the Shropshire hills.  Much of the appeal of these books is that the stories are set in real places.  We will follow the route taken with Clare Balding for the Radio 4 Ramblings programme in 2011.  With Clare, members of the Malcolm Saville Society met the owners of ‘Ingles Farm’ and ‘Witchend’.  We have the opportunity of a cup of tea and a cake at ‘Ingles Farm’ at the end of our walk so please bring money for this. Come and join this walk on the southern end of the Long Mynd to find many of the locations which can still be explored today.

Author Malcolm Saville describes the attractions of the Long Mynd: “Although the panoramic views in all directions are magnificent, first impressions are of space rather than height.  We feel that we are not only above, but far away from the modern world, and what we see must be much the same as did our ancient ancestors.  Geologists tell us that where we are now was once ‘a  range of hills standing out of the primeval
sea’…”

Please bring food and drink for lunch and snacks.

Walk and transport: £8.50

 

 

  Wednesday 16 May

  Mineside to Fireside

Distance 4 miles / 6.5  km 
Level Moderate
Start Time 10.00
Meeting Point Snailbeach Village Hall, Snailbeach
Postcode / Grid Ref     SY5 0NX / SJ 373 023
Finish Point As above  
Walk Leaders Jerry Hughes:  wjerry.hughes@gmail.com

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

We follow the route of the disused Snailbeach Mine railway to Crowsnest 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 packed lunch and drink.

 

 

  Thursday 17 May

  The Best of Offa’s Dyke and the Shropshire Way

Distance 16 miles / 26 km
Level Strenuous
Start Time 09.30
Meeting Point Six Bells, Church Street, Bishop’s Castle 
Postcode / Grid Ref      SY9 5AA
Finish Point Bishop’s Castle       
Walk Leaders Ted Laidlar: ted.laidlar123@btinternet.com
Mary Bason

This walk is a delightful combination of breath-taking views (given some fine weather!), challenging ups and downs and historic interest passing, as it does, some of the best preserved sections of the Dyke anywhere along its 177 mile length!

We leave Bishop’s Castle along tracks and field paths and pass through woods to join the Shropshire Way at Woodbatch, which we largely follow up hill and down dale with wide-ranging views until reaching the border town of Clun with its ancient Marches Castle, quaint centre and pack-horse bridge.

Climbing again through fields and farmsteads, we join Offa’s Dyke over Panpunton Hill, with views over to the rail viaduct at Knucklas and the fine valley setting of Knighton, our finishing point. Here we can visit the Offa’s Dyke Centre before the minibus ride back to Bishop’s Castle.
Walk and transport: £7

 

 

 Thursday 17 May

 Pansies, Peregrines and the Camlad Valley

Distance 13 miles / 21 km
Level Strenuous
Start Time 09.30
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 and Shirley 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 maybe a beer.
Please bring food and drink for the day.

 

  Thursday 17 May

  The Lost Villages of the Stiperstones

Distance 12.5 miles  / 20 km
Level Strenuous
Start Time 09.30
Meeting Point Harley Jenkins Street Car Park, Bishop’s Castle
Postcode / Grid Ref                SY9 5AH 
Finish Point As above
Walk Leaders Glynn Roberts: glynn.roberts@mac.com
Jerry Hughes: wjerry.hughes@gmail.com

We car-share in Bishop’s Castle and drive to The Bog Car Park for a 10.00 start.

There has been settlement in the Stiperstones area since prehistoric times and the Romans mined lead here.  In the 19th century the miners built small squatter cottages and small communities developed.  These remote settlements were inhabited as late as the 1950’s. We will start from The Bog, once a thriving community of 250.  We will visit Nipstone Rock before going along the eastern flank of the Stiperstones ridge to the Paddock settlement, abandoned in the early 20th century. After visiting Blakemoorgate, we drop into Stiperstones village before returning to The Bog via Perkins Beach.
Please bring drink and food for the day.

 

 

 

  Thursday 17 May

  Down from the Hills

Distance 10 miles / 16 km
Level Moderate
Start Time 09.30
Meeting Point Enterprise House, Station Street, Bishop’s Castle
Postcode / Grid Ref             SY9 5AQ   
Finish Point Bishop’s Castle Town Hall
Walk Leaders Brian Wells: public@castledarkness.org.uk

We travel by community transport to the start of the walk on the Stiperstones.

The walk begins 1400 ft up in the shadow of the Stiperstones rocks and descends (although not exclusively!) to Bishop’s Castle by way of Norbury Hill, the East Onny Valley and the Oakeley estate.  We end the walk at the Town Hall in Bishop’s Castle (about 550 ft above sea level). Along the way we see evidence of the Norman Conquest, the Civil War, the ‘Asterton Hurricane’ and the Bishop’s Castle Railway.

Please bring lunch and drink.
Walk and transport: £6

 

 

 Thursday 17 May

 The Ups & Downs of the Shropshire Hills –

 including Llamas & Zwartbles Sheep!

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

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

 

 

  Friday 18 May

  Elsie’s Walk

Distance 8.5 miles / 14 km
Level Moderate
Start Time 10.00
Meeting Point Stiperstones Inn, Stiperstones
Postcode / Grid Ref        SY5 0LZ / SJ 363 004 
Finish Point As above    
Walk Leaders Janet Priestley: priestleyjack@btinternet.com
Maggie Beckley

Elsie Rowson was the last post woman to deliver on foot to cottages on the Stiperstones, and this walk is based on her round.  For twelve years from 1958, Elsie delivered mail in all weathers, carrying up to 35 lbs in her bag.

We will see this rugged landscape through her eyes, visiting farmsteads and miners’ cottages.  Some have been restored, such as those at Blakemoorgate, whilst others have almost disappeared with only an outline remaining. 

In Elsie’s words, “I had lovely walks over the hills, sometimes the valleys were filled with mist and the tops were clear;  it looked like you could walk right across them.”

There are a few climbs and a total ascent of 1,300 ft.  Walking poles would be a useful addition to your kit.  Please bring a morning drink and packed lunch.

 

 

      Friday 18 May

      Clun to Bishop’s Castle via Hell

Distance 7.5 miles / 12 km
Level Moderate / Energetic
Start Time 09.30
Meeting Point The Auction Yard Car Park, Station Street, Bishop’s Castle
Postcode / Grid Ref                      SY9 5AQ
Finish Point Six Bells, Church Street, Bishop’s Castle
Walk Leaders Mike Kelly: mike.kelly@shropshire.gov.uk
Beryl Bronner

Walk Leader Mike Kelly is the Shropshire Hills AONB Natural Environment Officer.

We use community transport to the start of our walk at Clun Castle where we have a chance to explore the Castle grounds. We then head along Newport Street, passing  by the ancient Trinity Hospital and its delightful gardens. Past Clun Mill, we follow the Shropshire Way where we come upon a ‘Golden Down’.  Onward, we leave the Shropshire Way and ascend to Red Wood to pass through forestry before dropping to Acton.  Steadily climbing, we enter Blakeridge Wood to pass by the curiously named Hell Hole.  Descending towards Colebatch, we pick up the Shropshire Way for the final mile to Bishop’s Castle. Estimated 304m climbing.

Please bring drink and lunch.

Walk and transport: £5

 

 

  Friday 18 May

  Bishop’s Moat

Distance 7 miles / 11 km
Level Moderate
Start Time 10.00
Meeting Point Bishop’s Castle Town Hall, High Street, Bishop’s Castle
Postcode / Grid Ref                   SY9 5BG
Finish Point As above
Walk Leaders Jenny Ellis: k.ellis205@btinternet.com
Jenny Dicken

The walk starts with a steady climb out of the town and, within less than a mile, magnificent views appear.  We soon join a green lane through woodland, crossing briefly into Wales before reaching the vantage point of  Bishop’s Moat, the remarkable remains of the Norman motte and bailey ‘castle’. We continue to enjoy stunning views as our path drops into a tranquil valley where there will be wild flowers and perhaps buzzards overhead.  Finally we join the Shropshire Way back to the town.

Please bring lunch and drink.

 

 

  Friday 18 May 

  Offa’s Dyke and Beautiful Demoiselles

Distance 6.5 miles / 10 km
Level Moderate
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 Judith Evans: judithevans@waitrose.com
Hilary Berry

We car-share from Bishop’s Castle and travel in convoy.

A walk following a section of Offa’s Dyke from south of Springhill and returning through high pastures, some of which may have cattle grazing.  Short sections are on quiet lanes.  Minimal stiles.

The first section of the walk offers distant views to both sides and a chance of seeing 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 a coffee stop and lunch stop.

 

 

  Friday 18 May

  Whitcott Keysett – a wonderful morning walk

Distance 5.5 miles / 8 km
Level Moderate
Start Time 09.30
Meeting Point Auction Yard Car Park, Station Street, Bishop’s Castle
Postcode / Grid Ref                  SY9 5AQ
Finish Point Bishop’s Castle
Walk Leaders Lesley & Paul Baddeley: lesley_baddeley@hotmail.com

As parking is limited in Whitcott Keysett, we car-share in Bishop’s Castle and drive to this ancient hamlet, five miles south-west of the town.

Climbing up onto a long ridge, we join the Shropshire Way and are rewarded with wonderful open views.  Further views unfold as we continue across the hilltops before dipping down into the hamlet of Three Gates, then skirting around the side of Hergan (409m).  The path joins a well-preserved and interesting section of Offa’s Dyke, the extensive earthwork that King Offa built 1200 years ago.  We return through a tranquil valley on lanes with banks of wild flowers. This beautiful walk will end in Whitcott Keysett between 1 and 1.30.

Bring refreshments for our mid-morning break.

 

 

  Saturday 19 May

  Offa’s Dyke and the Kerry Hills

Distance 14 miles / 22 km
Level Moderate
Start Time 10.00  
Meeting Point Montgomery Recycling Car Park, Maldwyn Way, Montgomery
Postcode / Grid Ref                          SY15 6RD / SO 224 963
Finish Point as above
Walk Leaders Iain Smith: iainafsmith@gmail.com
Mark Michaels

Explore the internationally important Offa’s Dyke, the beautiful foothills of the Kerry Ridgeway, the Monument, and, time permitting, the Castle at Montgomery.  The views of Wales and England are superb.

This walk has two gradual ascents, totalling 1800 ft’, mostly on field paths with a total of about two miles on extremely quiet country lanes.

Please bring food and drink for lunch and two shorter breaks.

 

 

 Saturday 19 May

 Meadows and Mines, Coppices and Commons

Distance 9 miles / 15 km
Level Moderate
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 Glynn Roberts: glynn.roberts@mac.com
Jerry Hughes: wjerry.hughes@gmail.com

We car-share at Bishop’s Castle and drive to the Stiperstones Inn.  This area has been mined since Roman times.  From the village of Stiperstones the walk heads west into the Hope Valley which used to be a thriving industrial valley extracting lead, zinc, copper and barytes.  We make our way further west to Bromlow Callow where we turn back to start our journey east.  We pass through native oak and ash woodland where dormice live foraging on the nuts, berries and insects. We finish at the Stiperstones Inn, famous for its winberry pies and crumbles!

Possible muddy tracks and a number of stiles. Please bring food and drink for the day.

 

 

  Saturday 19 May

  Linley Hill and Norbury

Distance 9 miles / 14 km
Level 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 and Shirley 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 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.

 

 

  Saturday 19 May

  Castle – Coppice – Colebatch – Café

Distance 8 miles / 13 km
Level Moderate
Start Time 10.30
Meeting Point Bishop’s Castle Town Hall, High Street, Bishop’s Castle
Postcode / Grid Ref                   SY9 5BG
Finish Point As above or one of Bishop’s Castle’s cafés
Walk Leaders Alison Gouldstone:  agouldstone@btinternet.com
Anne Roberts

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.

 

 

 Saturday 19 May

 Midpoint on Offa

Distance 7 miles / ll km
Level 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 Rob Dingle: Offa’s Dyke National Trail Officer: rob.dingle@powys.gov.uk
Trevor Sheard 

We car-share for this walk and start the walk in Newcastle on Clun.

A circular walk on the western edge of the Shropshire Hills AONB, linking the Shropshire Way with the Offa’s Dyke Path at Hergan, with its gap in the Dyke.  The walk then returns along the Offa’s Dyke Path to the midpoint of the Trail, with fabulous views over Newcastle on Clun and the Clun valley.

Please bring lunch and drink.

 

 

   Sunday 20 May

   A Walk on the Wild Side

Distance  13.5 miles / 23 km
Level Strenuous
Start Time 09.30  
Meeting Point The Auction Yard Car Park, Station Street, Bishop’s Castle
Postcode / Grid Ref                      SY9 5AQ
Finish Point Bishop’s Castle
Walk Leaders Steve Levers: steve01588@gmail.com
Emma Wyatt

To the west of Bishop’s castle lie wild and remote hills and valleys, bordering Wales, with ancient drovers’ routes and trading posts.  Our journey takes us to Churchtown, using part of the Shropshire Way.  From here a steep climb on a fine example of the remains of Offa’s Dyke, before crossing the border into Wales, walking over the Kerry Ridgeway before heading home.

This walk is for experienced walkers with a good level of walking fitness. It involves a variety of terrain with a number of stiles and steep climbs and descents (2200 ft of ascent). Walk time is approximately 7 hours so please bring a picnic lunch and plenty of food for the duration.

 

 

  Sunday 20 May

  Newcastle to Old Castle

Distance 10.5 miles / 17 km
Level Energetic
Start Time 09.30
Meeting Point Auction Yard Car Park, Station Street, Bishop’s Castle
Postcode / Grid Ref                 SY9 5AQ
Finish Point Bishop’s Castle
Walk Leaders Paul and Lesley Baddeley: p_baddeley@hotmail.com  

This is a beautiful, hilly walk, dipping in and out of valleys and rewarding us with ever-changing scenery.  Our bus drops us in Newcastle on Clun which nestles in a steep-sided valley a few miles south-west of Bishop’s Castle.  We will explore this tranquil, unspoilt area on paths (some steep), tracks and quiet lanes; there will be bluebell woods and an interesting section of Offa’s Dyke on the way.  On reaching Bishop’s Castle we can seek refreshment –  tea or a pint.

There will be a mid-morning break and a lunch stop, so bring food and drink.

Walk and transport: £6

 

 

   Sunday 20 May

  Nipstone, Shelve and Roman Gravels –

  wildlife, nature conservation and mining in the Shropshire hills

Distance 8 – 9 miles
Level Moderate / Energetic
Start Time 10.00  
Meeting Point The Bog Car Park
Postcode / Grid Ref     SY5 0NG  /  SO 3572 9785  
Finish Point As above
Walk Leaders Dan Gordon-Lee: d.gordonlee@gmail.com
Paul Rogers

We will be walking  8 or 9 miles in a circular loop, starting and finishing at The Bog mine.  Dan, the walk leader, is a local ecologist and wildlife conservation consultant. On the way we will have the opportunity to talk about a range of natural and man-made habitats that we pass, including the Shropshire Wildlife Trust’s Nipstone Rock Nature Reserve, Shelve Pool SSSI, and a number of former mining sites. These include Roman Gravels and The Bog, where Dan has been overseeing recent habitat creation, restoration and enhancement works.  The walk will involve around 1200 ft of total ascent across undulating but not technically difficult countryside.

Please bring drink and food for the day.

 

 

  Sunday 20 May

  Witchend – a mystery walk?

Distance 6 – 7 miles / 10 km
Level Moderate
Start Time 10.30
Meeting Point Auction Yard Car Park, Station Street, Bishop’s Castle
Postcode / Grid Ref                              SY9 5AQ      
Finish Point Bishop’s Castle
Walk Leaders Christina van Duivenbode: cvanduivenbode3107@btinternet.com

This walk uses community transport from the Auction Yard and returns to Bishop’s Castle at about 4.30 pm.

If, like me, you can recall the adventure stories of your youth, this walk is for you.  Many of the Lone Pine stories by Malcolm Saville are set in the Shropshire hills.  Much of the appeal of these books is that the stories are set in real places.  We will follow the route taken with Clare Balding for the Radio 4 Ramblings programme in 2011.  With Clare, members of the Malcolm Saville Society met the owners of ‘Ingles Farm’ and ‘Witchend’.  We have the opportunity of a cup of tea and a cake at ‘Ingles Farm’ at the end of our walk so please bring money for this. Come and join this walk on the southern end of the Long Mynd to find many of the locations which can still be explored today.

Author Malcolm Saville describes the attractions of the Long Mynd: “Although the panoramic views in all directions are magnificent, first impressions are of space rather than height.  We feel that we are not only above, but far away from the modern world, and what we see must be much the same as did our ancient ancestors.  Geologists tell us that where we are now was once ‘a  range of hills standing out of the primeval
sea’ …”

Please bring food and drink for lunch and snacks.

Walk and transport: £8.50

 

 


 Sunday 20 May

 Downton Gorge:  In the Footsteps of Richard Payne Knight 

Distance 3.5 miles / 6 km
Level 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 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.

Please bring drinks and packed lunch.

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

 

The View from the Long Mynd with Stiperstones Ridge in the Distance by Jerry Hughes