A 14 mile walk from the top of Titterstone Clee across Cleobury Mortimer and Kinlet to the River Severn.
Rugged, across open moorland and countryside.
The carpark at the top of Titterstone Clee
Cleobury Mortimer, Ludlow
Parking is available at the start point at the top of Titterstone Clee
Lat/Long: 52.3947659122, -2.5986767362
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”.
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.
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.
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
Shropshire Way Route 1: Bridges Inn to Bishop’s CastleDistance: 12.0 miles
Shropshire Way Route 2: Bishop’s Castle to ClunDistance: 12.0 miles
Shropshire Way Route 3: Clun to Craven ArmsDistance: 11.0 miles
Shropshire Way Route 4: Craven Arms to LudlowDistance: 10.0 miles
Shropshire Way Route 5: Ludlow to Cold GreenDistance: 10.0 miles
Shropshire Way Route 6: Cold Green to Wilderhope ManorDistance: 11.0 miles
Shropshire Way Route 7: Wilderhope Manor to Church StrettonDistance: 10.0 miles
Shropshire Way Route 8: Church Stretton to BridgesDistance: 7.0 miles
Shropshire Way Route 9: Long Mynd to HopesayDistance: 10.0 miles
Shropshire Way Route 11: Titterstone Clee to the Severn WayDistance: 14.0 miles
Shropshire Way Route 12: Wilderhope Manor to Much WenlockDistance: 7.5 miles
Shropshire Way Route 13: Much Wenlock to Benthall EdgeDistance: 5.0 miles
Shropshire Way Route 14: The Stiperstones to Exfords GreenDistance: 10.0 miles
Shropshire Way Route 15: Thresholds to Bayston Hill near ShrewsburyDistance: 9.0 miles
Shropshire Way Route 19: Shelton to NesscliffeDistance: 9.5 miles
Shropshire Way Route 20: Nesscliffe to LlanymynechDistance: 12.8 miles
Shropshire Way Route 21: Haughmond Abbey to WemDistance: 12.0 miles
Shropshire Way Route 22: Wem to Whitchurch & Grindley BrookDistance: 14.3 miles
Shropshire Way Route 23: Ellesmere to Welsh End and HollinwoodDistance: 11.0 miles
Shropshire Way Route 24: Llanymynech to Oswestry RacecourseDistance: 8.5 miles
Shropshire Way Route 25: Oswestry Racecourse to Chirk BankDistance: 8.5 miles
Shropshire Way Route 26: Chirk Bank to EllesmereDistance: 9.3 miles
Shropshire Way Route 27: Lower Frankton to LlanymynechDistance: 11 miles
Shropshire Way Route 16: Ironbridge to the WrekinDistance: 8.5 miles
Shropshire Way Route 17: Ercall to Haughmond HillDistance: 12.5 miles
Shropshire Way Route 18: Isombridge to Wem
The Shropshire Way around Shrewsbury
Shropshire Way Route 10: Wilderhope Manor to Craven ArmsDistance: 10.0 miles