A relaxed, four and a half mile walk over fields and quiet lanes, with one steep climb, taking between two and three hours.

Distance

4.5 miles

Terrain

Over fields and quiet lanes with the occasional steep climb

Start from

Wentnor Stores

Nearest to

Bishop's Castle

Parking

Wentnor Stores, Wentnor, SY9 5EP

Map reference

Lat/Long: 52.526097106, -2.9074483056

OS: SO385924

The route

This four and a half mile circular route take you around some of Shropshire’s beautiful countryside to the west of the Long Mynd where Curlew and Red Kite are regularly spotted. Interesting feature along the way include a saline spring, known for its healing qualities and Wentnor Church.

The ‘Red Kite’ is a graceful bird of prey and unmistakable with its reddish-brown body, angled wings and deeply forked tail. It was saved from national extinction by one of the world’s longest running protection programmes. The ‘Curlew’ is the largest European wading bird, recognisable on moors by its long, down-curved bill, brown upperparts, long legs and evocative call. Both species are monitored and ongoing conservation work is needed to support their survival.

A hundred years ago there were ambitious plans to turn Church Stretton into a spa town by pumping water from the saline spring, a magical ‘water-cure’, the four miles to the Hydropathic Establishment, now known as the Long Mynd Hotel. Amongst other problems one thing stood in their way, the Long Mynd itself and so the project failed.

Inside Wentnor church under the tower is a gravestone marking the tragic Hurricane of 1772 that destroyed a house and killed its seven occupants.

Parking is available to the right and rear of Wentnor Stores by kind permission of the owners. Please park considerately and do not park in front of the shop as this is in constant use by customers.

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 either The Crown Inn or the Inn on the Green at Wentnor.

The Crown Inn offers real ales and home cooking in a traditional 16th Century family run country inn. Meals are served in the bar area or in a separate dining room. The choices change daily from traditional homemade dishes to a daily specials board with home made sweets to finish. The Crown Inn also offers three double rooms and one single room; all en suite, making it an ideal base for touring this unspoilt part of the country and its many places of interest. For more details and current opening hours contact the Crown on 01588 650613 or visit the website: www.wentnor.com, The Crown Inn, Wentnor, Bishop’s Castle, Shropshire, SY9 5EE.

The Inn on the Green offers real ales and freshly prepared meals, with a full main and children’s menu, specials and light bites, served in the bar or the separate lounge/dining area. It has a family games room, free Wi-Fi access and a beer garden. The accommodation comprises of one twin, three double rooms and a family room that sleeps up to six. For more details and current opening hours contact 01588 650105, or The Inn on the Green, Wentnor, Shropshire, SY9 5EF.

Camping is available at The Green Caravan and Camping Park 01588 650605.

Wentnor Stores offers a wide range of drinks and snacks to take with you on your walk.