A 9 mile walk from the end of The Long Mynd to the outskirts of Shrewsbury, taking in wonderful countryside views from Lyth Hill Country Park and onwards to Shrewsbury.

Distance

9.0 miles

Terrain

Woodland paths and stoney tracks. Often uneven and undulating

Start from

Threshold on The Long Mynd

Nearest to

Church Stretton

Parking

Limited parking is available on The Long Mynd

Map reference

Lat/Long: 52.6745453516, -2.7710392068

OS: SJ48088

The route

Walking from the end of the Long Mynd to the outskirts of Shrewsbury will take you from the wild ruggedness of the Bronze Age cairns, Iron Age forts and ancient high drovers’ roads of the Shropshire hills to the gentler farmland of Norman times.  Forget the high hilltops and moors as you walk downhill to the north: Here the maps change and the word “fort” is seen less and less being replaced by “Motte and Bailey”.

The names also cry out the changes with Wilderley halls, Netley Hall and Underhill Hall appearing, all signs of our Norman past. Even earlier names such as Signal bank, Arscott Villa and Plealey Villa show the Romans were here as well.

Wilderley Hall

As you admire the views and walk down from the hills past Sheppen Fields, with its 15th century long house, you will come across Wilderley Hall with its small but impressive Norman Motte and Bailey. Wilderley means “the clearing belonging to Wilfred”, I wonder if that was the first person to build here but was he Norman or Saxon? Nobody is sure.

Lyth Hill Country Park

There is one gem to come on the walk towards Shrewsbury, a little wooded hill that’s now a Country Park, on the map it’s doesn’t look spectacular but its position is perfect. It offers perhaps the best panoramic views in the whole of Shropshire. From the Wrekin in the east past the cloud-making power station at Ironbridge to Wenlock edge, next the Lawley and Caer Caradoc and then on to the Long Mynd. Last but not least, the jagged tors of the Stiperstones. And it’s famous for other things, a collection of military tanks, a deer farm and even old rope. The bumpy old lane that runs along its crest is called the rope walk and here 300 years ago the flax and hemp ropes that kept ships sailing and mines hauling were twisted together. Perhaps all this inspired its most famous resident; Mary Webb who wrote Precious Bane and gone to earth.

Bayston Hill

The last town before Shrewsbury with a name that means “The hill on which stands Baegas stone” is now a large housing estate. Here once stood a large Roman town and later the parklands for the once so grand Lythwood Hall.