A moderate 6.5 mile walk from Clun following the Shropshire Way to Bury Ditches, taking three to four hours.

Walking with Offa 7: Hill Forts & Woodlands of Bury Ditches (6.6 mile) image

Distance

6.6 miles

Terrain

Steady climbs throughout with one steep climb. Mainly over footpaths and fields with a small stretches along County roads.

Start from

Memorial Hall

Nearest to

Clun

Parking

Memorial Hall car park, Clun

Map reference

Lat/Long: 52.4237981631, -3.0270664026

OS: SO303811

The route

This steady 6.5 circular route from the quaint Shropshire village of Clun offers some wonderful views over spectacular countryside. The pinnacle of the walk is summit of Sunnyhill where Bury ditches iron-age hill fort can be found. Often rated as a spectacular example of a surviving hill fort, it forms a neat elliptical shape and comprises up to four multi-vallate ditches and rampart banks as part of its defensive earthworks and two well preserved entrance ways. This route has a shorter 4.5 mile option for those not wishing to ascend to the top of Sunnyhill.

Park at the Memorial Hall car park in Clun.

You can get to Craven Arms from Shrewsbury or Ludlow by train or by the main bus service (service no: 435).

Clun is served by the 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/

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 one of the excellent pubs or cafés in Clun.

These include:

The White Horse Inn serves a wide selection of local real ales including those from their own micro-brewery; and a varied menu of home cooked food, much of which is locally sourced. Contact on 01588 640305, email pub@whi-clun.co.uk or visit www.whi-clun.co.uk

The Sun Inn is a historic pub serving homemade food, locally sourced where possible, traditional real ales and providing accommodation. Contact on 01588 640559, email info@thesunatclun.co.uk or visit www.thesunatclun.co.uk

More information can be found on the Clun or Bishop’s Castle websites: www.clun.org.uk or www.bishopscastle.co.uk

Accommodation listings can be found on www.visitshropshirehills.co.uk