The Flenny Bank Walk is one of 4 walks in the series “In the Shadow of the Stiperstones”, which explore the rugged beauty of the Stiperstones. 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!

Distance

4.5 miles

Terrain

Fairly easy walking with gentle climbs but can be very wet underfoot

Start from

Bog Field Centre

Nearest to

Bishop's Castle, Stiperstones, The Bog

Parking

Parking at The Bog Car Park

Map reference

Lat/Long: 52.5753971976, -2.9512011049

OS: SO356979

The route

This 4.5 mile walk in the shadow of the Stiperstones plenty of interest along the way, including:

  • Reminders of the Stiperstones’ mining heritage, which once took place throughout the area
  • Wonderful views of Cordon Hill, just over the border in Wales, and the Stiperstone ridge itself
  • Shelve Pool, a Site of Special Scientific Interest and excellent place to spot kingfishers, woodpeckers and dragonflies

The Bog

The Bog School was built in the 1870s of the hard whitish rock that forms the Stiperstones ridge, is all that remains of a thriving mining community that grew up in the 18th and 19th centuries to serve a substantial lead mine. Only a century ago the western side of the Stiperstones was a hive of industrial activity but the history of lead production in this area goes back to the Romans.

Imagine the place 150 years ago. Thick smoke from winding engines and the tall chimneys of pumping houses would have filled the air. Add to this the noise of ore processors crushing the mined stone you can imagine a place very different to the quiet, isolated crossroads it is today.

The Visitor Centre is manned by local volunteers and is open at half term and during summer holidays.

Stiperstones National Nature Reserve

The purple, heather clad Stiperstones ridge is a National Nature Reserve, and the most southern grouse moor in the British Isles. Its rugged tors are the home of red grouse and ravens. Amongst the heather you will also find whinberry bushes, their fruit traditionally prized because it makes an excellent dye. People still collect whinberries in autumn to make a whinberry pie, a delicacy which can be bought at the Stiperstones Inn, an excellent local pub.

The Legend of the Devil’s Chair

There are many legends associated which this jagged, rocky ridge, not least that the Devil, whose chair can be seen at the northern end, created the Stiperstones by accident. Whilst carrying rocks from Ireland in his apron the Devil paused to rest, when he got up his apron string broke and the rocks spilled out over the hill!

Other walks in this series

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

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!

Adstone Walk: An inspiring 5 ½ mile walk following the Shropshire Way over the summit of Adstone Hill. If you love a good view, you’ll love this walk!