Take a bracing walk across the Stiperstones and reward yourself with a cup of tea and a delicious homemade cake from The Bog Visitor Centre
The 10km ridge with the distinctive rugged outline of Stiperstones Quartzite unmistakable from across Shropshire and is steeped in mythology and folklore. A walk along this ridge in good weather affords breath-taking views over the Long Mynd and out towards Wales and one can see how the area inspired the literary works of Mary Webb and DH Lawrence. In the eeriness of mist it is easy to imagine the truth in the folklore surrounding this place, and who knows who you may find sitting on the Devil’s Chair when you reach it!
The Stiperstones is an upland heath, an environment shaped by man when it was cleared for rough grazing. Much of the vegetation here changes with altitude and aspect; Western Gorse and Bell Heather grow in abundance on the Southern slopes whilst the Northern slopes are dominated by common heather and Bilberry. Red grouse, skylark, meadow pipit, stonechat and whinchat can be found on the heath and its fringes with buzzard, raven, pied flycatcher and wood warbler in the wooded areas.
Man’s influence of shaping the landscape did not stop with the heathland, the area was the centre of a thriving mining industry. The Bog, for nearly 200 years, was home to dozens of families involved in mining lead ore from the rocks underground. Very little remains of the buildings here but the Bog Visitor Centre is one of the few that does. It is a gas-lit former Victorian school now noted for its warm welcome and home baked refreshments and the volunteer staff are always happy to share their knowledge of the area. There is ample parking here for you to start your walk up onto the Stiperstones.
To find out more about the landscape, geology, wildlife and management of the Stiperstones visit the Natural England webpage on Shropshire’s National Nature Reserves.
For more information visit The Bog visitor centre webpage.