A 7.5 mile circular walk through Stiperstones and Corndon Hill Country

Distance

7.5 miles

Start from

Bentlawnt Village Hall/Stiperstones Village

Nearest to

Stiperstones

Parking

Bentlawnt/Stiperstones

The route

A 7.5 mile walks exploring Hope Valley’s hidden heritage taking you through Stiperstone, Bentlawnt and Hopesgate across moderate terrain including several muddy tracks and some stiles.

The Stiperstones

The Stiperstones is one of Shropshire's most distinguishable hills with its quartzite ridge, formed some 480 million year ago, is visable from far around the County.  At 536 metres (1,759 ft) above sea level it is the second-highest hill in the county, surpassed only by Brown Clee Hill, and the area is steeped in myth and legend.  The area is a National Nature Reserve, due to its outstanding combination of geological, landscape and wildlife features.

The Stiperstones Inn

The Inn has been in the same family for over 40 years and is famous for serving dishes made with the whinberries (bilberries) which grow on the Stiperstones Ridge.  Well worth a stop off for some sustenance!

Hope Valley

The A488, south of Minsterley, runs straight through the heart of Hope Valley and its deciduous woodland, making it one of the most pleasurable drives in Shropshire.  Much of the Hope Valley was once the site of a thriving mining industry which extracted lead, zinc, copper, barytes and other minerals. In 1875, this area produced over 10% of UK lead ore and up to the First World War produced about 25% of UK barytes. The area was first mined by the Romans who dug lead out of shallow levels and shafts.