A 6½ mile walk with a steady climb beside the Darnford Brook and along an ancient drovers road.

Walking with Offa 15: Ratlinghope, Darnford Valley image

Distance

6.5 miles

Terrain

Steady climb

Start from

The Bridges Inn

Nearest to

Ratlinghope

Parking

The Bridges Inn

Map reference

Lat/Long: 52.5622747947, -2.8966587972

OS: SO393964

The route

A 6½ mile walk with a steady climb beside the Darnford Brook and along an ancient drovers road taking 2 to 3 hours.

The walk starts from the Bridges pub and follows part of the Shropshire Way along the Darnford Brook. The walk then rises up to the small settlement called Thresholds. With great views of the Long Mynd, you drop back down to the Darnford Brook and into the village of Ratlinghope. You then return to the Bridges pub for a well-earned drink!

Thresholds

Thresholds was visited frequently by Mary Webb, the Shropshire author. On her walks she gathered ideas for her novels such as Gone to Earth and Precious Bane.

Ratlinghope Churchyard

Can you find the memorial of Richard Munslow, said to be the last sineater. A sineater attended the funeral of those who had died without recanting their sins. By making a short speech at the graveside the sineater took upon himself the sins of the deceased.

Youth Hostel

The Bridges Youth hostel is a short walk from the Bridges pub and can offer accommodation to all. See www.yha.org.uk/hostel/bridges for more info.