Walking 10 miles along the Shropshire Way along the Long Mynd to Hopesay Common will take you the length of the Long Mynd on a way used since the Bronze Age.

Shropshire Way Route 9: Long Mynd to Hopesay image

Distance

10.0 miles

Terrain

Some steep uphill sections

Start from

Long Mynd

Nearest to

Church Stretton

Map reference

Lat/Long: 52.4464789067, -2.8825930226

OS: SO401835

The route

What a walk and what views there are as you travel the great hog’s back of the Long Mynd and onto Hopesay Common where the land has not been ploughed for centuries. Views that seem to pull the eyes right out of your head. Snowdon to the West, the great Clee Hills to the east, gliders above you and it seems an Iron Age fort on every hilltop.

CAUTION: When you come off the Long Mynd you have to cross the very busy A489 road at Plowden. A permissive path shortcut has been agreed, but still stop, look and listen before you cross.

The Long Mynd

This is the very backbone of the Shropshire Hills with its heather clad slopes and hollows. Here history lies hidden at every corner. Men from the Bronze Age built cairns and in the Iron Age great hill forts. In the tracks of these long dead people the medieval drovers made their roads. And it’s seen action with guns fired here from Napoleonic times to the Second World War. It has its share of war secrets too: From Malcolm Saville’s lone pine club to the training of peregrine falcons at Pole Cottage to intercept enemy agent’s carrier pigeons. No wonder it so inspired Houseman to write about its blue remembered hills.

Hopesay Common

This little common is a local’s favourite. Not ploughed for centuries and fenced by ancient boundaries, trod only by sheep, horses and lucky walkers. It has a stile with a verse from Omar Kyam and in autumn mushrooms abound. And if you are lucky the twisting flight of a red kite will delight you.