A circular walk in the scenic and historic hills of Pulverbatch, Cothercott and Wilderley

Distance

5 miles

Terrain

Moderate, several muddy tracks and some stiles

Start from

The Knapp Car Park, Church Pulverbatch

Nearest to

Pulverbatch

Parking

The Knapp Car Park, Church Pulverbatch

The route

Discover 12th century earthworks and Shropshire’s mining and agricultural past on this 9km (5 miles) circular route taking 2-2½ hours, with a short cut option. The route follows moderate terrain including several muddy tracks and some stiles.

There are a number of alternative sections to this route on the leaflet.

The Knapp

The Knapp is a 12th century motte and bailey, with fine views from its strategic position. Only earthworks remain, but there was once a tower on the motte, and domestic buildings in the inner and outer baileys. The Castle fell out of use during the 13th century, but there was a weekly market here at one time, and fairs were still held within living memory.

Wilderley Hall Motte and Bailey

The motte and double bailey lies in woodland and field south west of Wilderley Hall and is a good example of its class

Cothercott Mine

The baryte mine at Cothercott was active between 1910 and 1928 and many relics of this time still remain today.  You can see remains of adits and heaps from the mine on the hillside and millstones from the mill site.  The mill used six pairs of burr stones to produce barytes, a dense white filler used in paint,paper, lino and pottery.  The concrete bases of the mill buildings can be seen along with a number of grinding stones, some now resited with information.

Hughlith Baryte Mine

In the conifer trees of Riddles Wood just beyond Huglith Hill are the old workings of the significant Huglith barytes mine, where 300,000 tons of ore was extracted in the first half of the 20th century. Please note there is no access to this site.