The Mucklewick Walk is of 4 walks in the series “In the Shadow of the Stiperstones”, which explore the rugged beauty of the Stiperstones. Wander the hills and valleys of this quiet borderland. If you want to get away from it all, this is the walk for you!

Distance

6 miles

Terrain

Some fairly steep climbing, can be very wet and muddy in places

Start from

The Bog Centre

Nearest to

Bishop's Castle, Stiperstones, The Bog

Parking

Parking at The Bog Car Park

Map reference

Lat/Long: 52.5747393967, -2.9491504893

OS: SO358979

The route

This six mile walk in the shadow of the Stiperstones has plenty of interest along the way:

  • Follow part of the Shropshire Way, a 140 mile circuit of the Shropshire Hills AONB.
  • Nipstone Rock – one of the high quartzite tors of the Stiperstones ridge.
  • A variety of birdlife, including buzzards, ravens, skylarks and – if you’re lucky – red grouse.
  • Expansive views of the hills of South Shropshire and Mid Wales, including Black Rhadley, Heath Mynd, Cefn Gunthly, Corndon Hill and the Brieddens.

The Bog Centre

The Bog School is all that’s left of a community that grew up in the 18th and 19th Centuries to serve a substantial lead mine. Built in the 1870s of the rock that forms the Stiperstones ridge, it remained a school until the 1950s. 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 the ore processors crushing the mined stone and you can imagine a place very different to the quiet, isolated crossroads it is today. The visitor centre is manned by local volunteers and open at half term and throughout the school summer holidays.

Nipstone Rock

Nipstone Rock is one of the high quartzite tors marking out the Stiperstones ridge. North-eastwards lie Cranberry Rock, Manstone Rock and the legendary Devil’s Chair, all part of the Stiperstones National Nature Reserve. Traditionally local people have harvested billberries in quantity here using special bilberry combs. For poor families selling the bilberries to the bilberry “higglers” often paid for the children’s winter shoes. This is a great place to see wildlife. Look for buzzards and ravens soaring overhead and listen for the bubbling song of skylarks. This is also one of the few places in South Shropshire where you may see a red grouse.

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.

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!

Adstone Walk: An inspiring 51⁄2 mile walk following the Shropshire Way over the summit of Adstone Hill. If you love a good view, you’ll love this walk!