Discover Shropshire Family Friendly Walks Rectory Wood & Field. A 2 mile circular walk around Rectory Wood & Field.

Discover Shropshire Family Friendly: Rectory Wood and Field image


2.0 miles


Fields and woodland paths, hilly, steep climbing and descents.

Start from

Rectory Wood carpark

Nearest to

Church Stretton


Parking is available at the start at Rectory Car Park

Map reference

Lat/Long: 52.5371385943, -2.8132577608

OS: SO449936

The route

You’d think this place was completely natural. It’s not. It was designed in the style of the famous 18th century landscape architect Capability Brown. But you’re too young to find this interesting. The fact that it’s all made from papier-mâché and string is just too dull for words.

Sweet chestnuts were brought to Britain by the Romans. They planted them to make breakfast porridge out of the nuts. They gave up though because whilst they waited for the trees to grow, their tea got cold.

Every time you walk over the gravestone bridge someone shivers. Splash it with water to see if you can read his name.

Church Stretton was once known as Little Switzerland. Not ‘cos it looks pretty, but ‘cos of the rich chocolate quarries on the Long Mynd. Sadly the quarries are closed – all the chocs have been scoffed. Church Stretton’s name is Anglo-Saxon; the church, in the town on the street. The ‘street’ is a Roman road known as Watling Street.