A four and a half mile walk with a steady climb up onto Cothercott Hill where there are wonderful views, then along an ancient highway, taking two to three hours.
Steady climb, no stiles
The Bottle and Glass, Picklescott
Church Stretton, Ratlinghope
Lat/Long: 52.5897526453, -2.8346170799
A four and a half mile walk with steady climb and wonderful views. This walk takes you from the small village of Picklescott up to the smaller south Shropshire Hills. This walk also takes you along the ancient drovers road called the Portway which links many settlements in the area.
You will have extensive views of the Shropshire Hills, but also probably the best view of the county town of Shrewsbury and into the Cheshire Plain beyond.
Can you find the old boundary stone between the manors of Cothercott and Wilderley placed in 1791?
The Portway is an ancient highway which continues along the full length of the Long Mynd and beyond. The 5,000 year old ridge-way once carried Neolithic traders high and dry above the wet and dangerous wooded valleys. This trackway joined the Kerry Ridgeway at the River Onny, running north-east along the Long Mynd and down to join the Wrekin – Oswestry Trackway at Sharpstone Hill. The close proximity of a number of round barrows along the Long Mynd suggests that these acted as route markers. It is also possible that the Portway formed a territorial boundary between two tribes and the location of the barrows indicated land ownership on either side of the track.
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 and a bite to eat at The Bottle and Glass, Picklescott, Church Stretton SY6 6NR. Be welcomed to the traditional 17th century pub with a warm, cosy atmosphere. They offer a wide range of real ales and other refreshments. There is an extensive choice on the daytime and evening menus. Accommodation is also available. Telephone 01694 751252 or go online www.bottleandglass.co.uk to check opening times.
Not far from Picklescott is Church Stretton, the walker’s favourite haunt. You will find a wide range of accommodation, specialist shops and places to eat and drink. Contact the Church Stretton Visitor Information Centre on 01694 723133.
Accommodation listings can be found on www.visitshropshirehills.co.uk