A moderate four and a half mile walk through woodlands and quiet country lanes, with some steep climbs and stiles. This route offers some spectacular views, glimpses of history, wildlife and archaeology. Allow two to three hours.

Walking with Offa 1: Quarries & Woodland around Pontesbury image

Distance

4.5 miles

Terrain

Undulating along footpaths and lanes so route can be muddy in places. Some steep climbs

Start from

Plough Inn

Nearest to

Pontesbury

Parking

The Plough Inn, Pontesbury SY5 0RJ

Map reference

Lat/Long: 52.6477214211, -2.8864188614

OS: SJ40159

The route

This moderate circular route takes you to sites which mark the industrial and historic heritage of the area. The route takes you through Poles Coppice, an attractive ancient oak woodland with disused quarry workings that have been reclaimed by nature, and up around Callow Hill which boasts a small multivallate hill fort.

At Callow Quarry you may be lucky and hear the screech of a Peregrine Falcon or a Buzzard and in the spring and summer there are orchids and other wild flowers.

Shuttle Bus

A regular bus service runs from Shrewsbury to Pontesbury (service no: 552/553). Pontesbury is also served by the Long Mynd & Stiperstones Shuttle Bus which runs at weekends and Bank Holidays from April to September. For more information see www.shropshirehillsaonb.co.uk/things-to-do/shuttles/

Food, drink and accommodation

Imagine patrolling the border without a decent pub. How would Offa’s Dyke have been built without them? Over a thousand years later, keep up the tradition and stop for a drink at the Plough Inn, Pontesbury. The Plough Inn is a lovely, Grade II listed, homely pub with real ales. For more information: www.facebook.com/iancarole