The Adstone Walk is one of four walks in the series 'In the Shadow of the Stiperstones', which explore the rugged beauty of the Stiperstones. If you love a good view, you'll love this walk!

Distance

5.5 miles

Terrain

Fairly steep climbing initially, then gently undulating

Start from

The Bridges Inn, Bridges

Nearest to

Church Stretton

Parking

Parking at The Bridges Inn

Map reference

Lat/Long: 52.5620572772, -2.8968903929

OS: SO393964

The route

This 5.5 mile walk follows the Shropshire Way over the summit of Adstone Hill and has plenty of variety and interest to discover:

  • Enjoy superb panoramic views of the Long Mynd, Corndon Hill (over the border in Wales) and the rocky tors of the Stiperstones ridge. This is buzzard country; listen for its mewing call, at odds to the clonky croak of the ravens also heard here.
  • Walk along an ancient route, sunk between high banks topped with hedges bearing a wide variety of trees, established over decades; look for hazel, field maple, blackthorn, ash, oak, holly and others.
  • Compare and contrast the different field enclosure systems in the landscape – the straight, rectangular fields of Prolley Moor, the result of the Enclosures Act 1858, and the pattern of narrow fields towards Wentnor, with their curved hedges, evidence of the medieval enclosure system of ‘strip’ fields.
  • Visit Wentnor Church, with its origins in the Norman period. Look out for the “Hurricane Gravestone” tucked away under the tower, which marks the tragic events of 1772, when a hurricane destroyed a local house killing seven people.

 

The Bridges Inn

Formerly known as The Horse Shoe Inn, the inn has now reverted to its original name – The Bridges Inn – named after the settlement that surrounds it. The inn originally served a major coaching route between Shrewsbury and Bishop’s Castle and boasted a smithy, which was working until 1940 and still survives on the corner of the road to the left of the pub. Working until 1940, the smithy’s purple sandstone walls, quarried nearby, are obvious in many of the buildings locally.

Other walks in this series

Flenny Bank Walk: The view from Flenny Bank is one of the finest in the land! Discover the story of this landscape, said to have been shaped by the devil himself!

Mucklewick Walk: Wander the hills and valley of this quiet borderland. If you want to get away from it all, this is the walk for you!

Darnford Walk: Ramble along the Shropshire Way to discover a hidden, golden valley. Then enjoy panoramic views whilst following a 3000 year old thoroughfare.