A hilly nine and a half mile, linear walk, along the hilltops between Knighton and Bucknell.

Distance

9.5 miles

Terrain

Hilly with steep climbs

Start from

Church Road, Knighton

Nearest to

Knighton

Parking

Knighton

Map reference

Lat/Long: 52.3605357469, -2.9526144538

OS: SO352740

The route

A hilly nine and a half mile linear walk, with stunning views along the hilltops between Knighton and Bucknell. The walk takes around five hours. There are good transport links to take you to either end of this route by train or bus.

The walk offers some of the best views in Shropshire including the Malvern Hills, The Black Mountains and the Shropshire Hills ending in the village of Bucknell where refreshments and opportunities to stay are available.

Spectacular views

Panoramic views of the Malvern Hills to the south-east, the Black Mountains to the south, the Welsh Hills to the west and the Shropshire Hills to the north are available on a clear day.

Wildlife

You also enter Cwm Cottage Reserve. The reserve is managed by the Vincent Wildlife Trust, and the cottage here is a summer roost for Greater and Lesser Horseshoe bats.

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 or a bite to eat at The Baron at Bucknell. The Baron at Bucknell is a charming country inn with excellent home cooked food and five luxury en-suite rooms, so you could enjoy the hospitality and then stay the night. Camping is also available. Contact them on 01547 530549. www.baronatbucknell.co.uk

There are other lovely places to stay around Bucknell. See www.exploremortimercountry.com

Getting there

By train: Bucknell is on the Heart of Wales railway line.

By bus: There is a regular scheduled service between Ludlow and Knighton (738/740) passing through Bucknell. Bucknell is also served by Castle Connect, a 33 seat Shuttle Bus which runs between Ludlow and Bishop’s Castle every weekend and Bank Holiday Mondays, from May to September – www.shropshirehillsaonb.co.uk/things-to-do/shuttles/