A 14 mile walk from the top of Titterstone Clee across Cleobury Mortimer and Kinlet to the River Severn.

Shropshire Way Route 11: Titterstone Clee to the Severn Way image

Distance

14.0 miles

Terrain

Rugged, across open moorland and countryside.

Start from

The carpark at the top of Titterstone Clee

Nearest to

Cleobury Mortimer, Ludlow

Parking

Parking is available at the start point at the top of Titterstone Clee

Map reference

Lat/Long: 52.3947659122, -2.5986767362

OS: SO594776

The route

Walking the Shropshire Way from Titterstone Clee to the Severn Way shows you panoramas and views unrivalled.  Hard to beat with the Malvern Hills to the south and Shropshire’s finest to the west. The quarry scarred heights of Titterstone, once one of the largest Iron Age forts in Shropshire. Still worked for the Dhustone that clads our roads.

Now quiet villages linked by a myriad of tracks once walked daily by hobnailed booted quarrymen. The charming village of Cleobury Mortimer with its wonderful crooked spired church and the enigma that is Kinlet. And at the end, another long-distance footpath: The Severn Way.

As Housman said:

“From Clee to heaven the beacon burns,
The Shires have seen it plain
From north and south the sign returns
And beacons burn again”.

Titterstone Clee

The third highest hill in Shropshire has been worked since the Iron Age. Once a huge hill fort covered the top but little can now be seen. The hill has been carved away and reshaped in the search for coal, limestone and dhustone. Dhustone, the hard dark rock that is crushed to carpets our roads: Little pieces of Shropshire found all over the Country.

Kinlet

Between Birchen Park woods and Kinlet to the north you can see the tower of a Norman Church half hidden by trees, behind it lies Kinlet Hall. But why is it over a mile from the present village. Simple - the original village circled the church but spoiled the view from the Hall. The solution, knock the old village down and move it and the road it straddled. The church was spared but hidden by woods. Take an extra few minutes to see it, the short detour is well worth it.

Cleobury Mortimer

Know locally as “Clibbery Mortimer” this delightful Anglo Saxon town was renamed after the Norman Marcher Lord Ralph de Mortemer built a castle here. This wasn’t the first castle though, nearby is a motte and Bailey and the remains of a Roman outpost. The main street boasts Georgian houses, raised footpaths and St Mary’s church with its Norman tower topped by a twisted spire. There was industry here as well with coal mining and 16th century furnaces to smelt local iron ore. Now it’s a peaceful, attractive village with enticing hostelries and inviting shops.

Routes in the Shropshire Way linear group