Walking and Cycling in the Stunning Shropshire Hills

Walking from Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre

Shropshire is a county criss-crossed by footpaths. The Shropshire Hills provide some amazing places to walk, still relatively unknown, and yet beautiful, varied and majestic.

Here at Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre, we sit at a crossroads of four of the Shropshire Way routes, heading North to Church Stretton, South to Ludlow, West to Clun and East to Much Wenlock. Here you can discover Iron-age hill forts, the majesty of the Long Mynd, the limestone escarpment of Wenlock Edge, ancient villages and market towns.

For more information regarding walking in Shropshire go to http://www.shropshiresgreatoutdoors.co.uk or http://www.walkinginengland.co.uk/shropshire

There are regular guided walks that start from the Discovery Centre. For more information visit our events page. In 2018, we launched the Shropshire Way 80K endurance walks which is now become the flagship SW80K Festival, with the 80K, a marathon, 10K race and a fun run. This takes place in April. For further details, please go to our events page.

Our circular walks

We have six Discovery Walks leaflets specially created for our visitors to allow you to explore some of the countryside immediately around the Centre. There is some incredible countryside waiting for you and whether it’s an easy ramble through the meadows, or a full day through the hills and dales, our leaflets will show you the way and point out some the interesting things along your journey.

The walks vary in length and difficulty so there is something for everyone. Please note that all the walks were re-routed in 2017. You can purchase them from the Discovery Centre for £1 each or a pack of all 6 for £5.

Here is an overview of our six Discovery Walks

Onny Meadows

Distance: 1.5 miles

Allow 30-90 minutes to complete the route.
This is an easy walk for the family around our riverside meadows. You will visit our dragonfly hotspot, traditional hay meadow, orchards and the river Onny.

Riverside Ramble

Distance: 2 miles

Allow 1.5 hours to complete the walk.
A gentle walk for all the family. Ramble along the River Onny, through water meadows and return along the quiet lane through the ancient hamlet of Halford.

Stokesay Walks

Distance: 2 and 4 miles

Split into two routes, allow 1.5 hours for Stokesay Strolls and 2 hours for Stokesay and Sallow Coppice Walk.
Stokesay Stroll is a gentle circular walk along the River Onny, across the A49 to Stokesay Church and back. You will also see the fortified medieval manor house of Stokesay Castle.
Stokesay and Sallow Coppice Walk is a longer circuit which also takes in Stoke Wood and Sallow Coppice, with some wonderful views back to Stokesay Castle. In the spring, Sallow Coppice has one of the best carpets of bluebells in the whole of Shropshire. You may also see wild fallow deer here.

Norton Camp Climb

Distance: 5 miles

Allow 2.5 – 4 hours to complete.
An energetic walk up through beautiful woods to a large iron age hill fort, Norton Camp, descending through varied woodland and along the River Onny to finish. From the top, there are spectacular views over the countryside, including Brown Clee Hill, Shropshire’s highest point.

Hills and Dales Hike

Distance: 6.5 miles (shortcut available) Allow 4 hours to complete the walk.

There are wonderful views across the Shropshire Hills on this energetic hike up Halford Hill through Lower Dinchope and up to the marvellous Flounder’s Folly, which on certain days of the year, is open to the public. It is said that on a clear day, you can see the ships going up the Manchester ship canal from here. If you see them, you have better eyes than me!

Wart Hill Wander

Distance: 10 miles (shortcut available) Allow 5 hours to complete the whole walk.

This is the longest of the Discovery Walks and is a challenging but rewarding walk climbing the Shropshire Way over Hopesay Common, home to wild horses and red kites, to Wart Hill, medieval farmstead and a great spot for a picnic. The route returns via the village of Wistastow, home to the Wood brewery and pub, home of the classic beers “Shropshire Lad” and “Shropshire Lass”.

Walking in the Shropshire Hills

Inclusive Cycle Trail

We launched our all ability cycle trail in our meadows in Spring 2015. This a 200-metre circular route taking in surroundings of our site. We welcome visitors of all abilities who can use the cycle trail free of charge. The paths also make a safe place to learn to ride a bike.

Cycling out into the Shropshire countryside

Exploring the Shropshire Hills area by bike, along quiet country lanes and amongst fantastic scenery, will give you a real feel for the countryside and allow you to stop and visit our market towns and villages on the way. Six circular routes starting from the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre have been created for you. With our bike stands, you can start or end your journey with a visit to the Centre, where you can see our Shropshire Hills through Time exhibition or pop in for a bite to eat – ask the cafe staff to wrap up a sandwich to take with you.
If you would like to download one of the rides, please go to http://www.shropshiresgreatoutdoors.co.uk/cycling

Here is an outline of what is available:

The Church Stretton Saddle Shiner

Distance 16 miles, allow 2.5 hours: Pass Flounders Folly, admire Wenlock Edge, pop in to Acton Scott Historic Working Farm, and then return to Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre.

The Acton Scott Activator

Distance 13 miles, allow 2.5 hours: Head on from Acton Scott to Church Stretton, then return to Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre through Little Stretton, skirting the Long Mynd.

The Long Mynd Motivator

Distance 30 miles, allow at least 5.5 hours: Why take the easy option? Instead of skirting Long Mynd climb up it! Follow the route of the Jack Mytton Way and then head back down to Craven Arms through Plowden.

The Hopesay Hop

Distance 14 miles, allow 2.5 hours: Cycle out to Wart Hill, the site of an Iron Age hill fort, then down the valley to Aston on Clun and Twitchen and back to Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre.

The Bury Ditches Dynamo

Distance 27 miles, allow at least 4 hours, partly off road on forest tracks: A stunning 27 miles circular route from the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre taking around four hours. The route takes in Bury Ditches Iron Age Hillfort, Clun and Clungunford. It is hilly but easily achievable in a day. Partly off road on forest tracks, so not suitable for racing bikes.

The Bishop’s Castle Cracker

Distance 30 miles, allow 5 hours: A stunning 30-mile circular route from the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre taking around five hours. The route takes in Bishop’s Castle, Clun and Clungunford. It is hilly but easily achievable in a day. This route misses out the forest tracks (and very steep hill) at Bury Ditches.

The Discovery Centre is located alongside the Sustrans route 44, linking it with Bishop’s Castle and Shrewsbury. There is a railway station just two minutes’ ride from the Centre, so getting here is easy!

For more information on walking and cycling in the Shropshire Hills, please contact us.

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