Old Ways, Wild Views and Rebellion

Ride Shropshire Route 3: The Acton Scott Ride image

Distance

8.5 miles

Terrain

Hilly, grass and stone tracks

Start from

Acton Scott Farm Museum

Nearest to

Acton Scott, Church Stretton

Parking

At start/finish

Map reference

Lat/Long: 52.5448983539, -2.7672899525

OS: SO481944

The route

Here you will ride where people have lived and worked for at least 3000 years. See a historic working farm, a Bronze Age hill fort and medieval fields and villages. Even the name of the place is ancient, Acton from the Saxon for oaks- ‘ac’ and settlement- ‘tun’.

Park up at Acton Scott and visit the historic working farm museum. Here you get a fascinating insight into farming life as it was at the turn of the 20th Century. Real horse power turns the machinery and craftsmen still use the old ways. On Hazler Hill you find one of the best viewpoints in Shropshire.To the east Wenlock Edge and beyond the Clee Hills – Brown Clee is the highest point in the County. To the north the best of all Caer Caradoc, thought by some to have inspired Tolkein. Caer Caradoc was the last great fortress of Caractacus. It was from here that this Bronze Age chieftain fought the invading Romans. Eventually he was captured and taken to Rome. Emperor Claudius was so impressed with the man and his bravery that he released him a free man. It wasn’t just the Romans that rebels fought here. Move on a few centuries and you find a Saxon noble called Edric Savage. Known as Wild Edric he owned huge parts of Shropshire including Acton Scott and fought the Norman invaders in the 11th Century.

Acton Scott Historic Working Farm

Acton Scott Historic Working Farm depicts life on an upland farm in the mid Victorian era.There are practical demonstrations of historic farming using traditional skills and period horse-drawn machines. Every day you can see milking by hand and butter-making in the dairy.There are weekly visits from the wheelwright, farrier and blacksmith.The museum is open from the end of March to end of October.

Chelmick Manor Farm

As you pass through Chelmick you will see Chelmick Manor Farm, a stone built Elizabethan Manor House. Its foundations are much older, dating back to the 11th century, while the left hand side of the house is of a much later construction bearing the date 1719.

Caer Caradoc

Caer Caradoc, formed from some of the most ancient rock in Britain, is topped by a magnificent Iron Age Hill Fort. This is thought by some to have been used by the Celtic chieftain Caradoc (or Caratacus) in his attempt to stem the Romans advance.