Shropshire is a middle ground between two distinct halves. It bridges the gap between the mountains of Mid Wales, the industrial flatlands of the Black Country and pastoral England. The unique balance that Shropshire offers makes it one of the spectacular walks in the country. It is the perfect escape for walkers that appreciate a piece of the countryside.
To the north are the Shropshire plains, and to the south are the Shropshire hills. The hills are a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There are many hiking options, which means walkers have plenty to choose from, depending on their palette. It’s commonly said that hikes of the Shropshire hills are among the best-kept secrets in England.
If you’re in Shropshire in the mood for some hill hikes, here are ten that will be worth your while and pack plenty of excitement.
Long Mynd Circular
The 13.2km loop is located near Church Stretton. It is a moderate that features a waterfall and beautiful scenery. The walk is among the most popular in Shropshire because it has something for everyone. The walk features a good climb up from Carding Mill to the waterfall for walkers who want a good challenge.
This section can be rocky and challenging, but it takes you to a spectacular sight that is worth the effort and sweat you put into climbing the hill. During the walk, you will get to see sheep, wild horses and ponies. There are also excellent views throughout the walk.
Caer Caradoc is part of the Stretton Hills range. It’s not the tallest of the Shropshire hills but is among the most iconic of them. It has a distinctive shape, with steep sides that are studded with volcanic rocks. Caradoc is named after a British chieftain who, together with his armies of Ordovician and Silurian soldiers, resistant the Romans. It is rumoured that it was on this mountain that Caradoc fought his final battle.
Caer Caradoc is best scaled together with the Lawley. You can start the walk at the Church Stretton or the roadside layby by Gaerstones From on the Much Wenlock road out of Church Stretton.
The Stiperstones ridge sits to the northeast of the Long Mynd. It stands out because of its jagged quartzite summit tors at the southern end of the edge. Although this is not the most scenic hill walks, it has some of the most amazing crags. The most prominent of them is the Devil’s Chair, Manstone Chair (the highest point), and Shepherd’s Rock.
The most interesting part of the climb lies to the north, where the Stiperstones become more complex as the other ridges branch off to the west.
The best place to start the walk is from the car parks at Snailbeach in the north. You can also start the climb at the Bog and the Knolls in the south. Keep in mind that the south paths are roughly surfaced with irregular quartzite boulders. The north paths are much easier to negotiate.
This is a hog’s-back hill that overlooks Telford. You can clearly see from most of Shropshire and is surrounded by flat land on all sides. The Wrekin comprises igneous rocks, tuffs and rhyolite. The summit is largely open and capped by a 20 hectare Iron Age fort, while the sides are mainly wooded. This path is steeped in history, offering learning lessons to the curious mind.
Carding Mill Valley Walks
On this walk, you can visit the lovely reservoir and waterfall. It is a short walk in the Shropshire Hills AONB. The walk starts at the National Trust’s Carding Mill Valley visitor centre or the car park in Church Stretton.
It goes upstream through a good stony then veers left at the New Pool hollow. You will come across the 2,500-year-old Bodbury ring hill during the walk before heading to the waterfall through the beautiful V-shaped valley.
The Clee Hills climb is a gruelling 19Km climb. The walk takes you through two clees: The Titerstone Clee (533M) and the Brown Clee (540mn). The latter is the highest peak in Shropshire. The views from the hills are magnificent, capturing part of the Welsh mountains, and you also get fine views of the Shropshire Hills, including Long Mynd, Caer Caradoc and Stiperstones.
The Clun Castle is a 13.5km circular walk that takes you through the countryside to the west of the small town of Clun in Shropshire. On your way, you get to visit the historic Clun Castle and the hamlet of whitcott Keyset. You can also soak in the spectacular countryside views of Shropshire and the Welsh hills.
The walk isn’t as strenuous. It has two-waymarked, long-distance trails that weave through the area. You can start the walk at the free car park at Clun Castle on the western side of Clun.
Hillwalkers looking for an exceptional but short walk can try the Common hill walk. It’s a prominent hill in Powys with wonderful views of the Long Mynd and the Stipperstones.
The walk starts at the parking area just north of the hill, close to Mitchell’s Fold storn circle. It’s a short walk to the hill’s summit at the height of about 1,683ft. At the summit, you can enjoy the first-class views of the hills and mountains that stretch out for kilometres in front of you. You can take the same path back to the start once you’ve had enough.
This is another short climb covering only 4km. It climbs to the summit of Hope Bowdler Hill from Shropshire village. It’s a moderate climb, and most of the distance is along decent footpaths. The highlight of the walk is the fantastic views of the Shropshire hills, including the Long Mynd and the Clee Hills, which are nearby.
The Much Wenlock is a circular 9.5km long path. The circuit takes you through the Wenlock Priory before exploring the surrounding countryside, then proceeds to enjoy the nice views of the Shropshire hills and the famous Wrekin.
There are also the atmospheric ruins of the 12th century St Milburga’s Priory and some fine topiary in the surrounding grounds waiting for you. Although last on this list, this path has plenty to offer with plenty of views and historical landmarks along the way.