Situated on the slopes of the Grinshill sandstone ridge there are paths and viewpoints which offer excellent panoramic views towards Shrewsbury, the Shropshire Hills and the Welsh Borders.

Corbet Wood Countryside Heritage Site image

Nearest to

Grinshill, Shrewsbury

Parking

A free car park is available all year round.

Location

Corbet Wood is west of the A49 and 3 miles south of Wem.

Postcode

SY4 3BW

Map reference

Lat/Long: 52.809643, -2.7061192

Opening times

Every day of the year.

About

Situated on the slopes of the Grinshill sandstone ridge there are paths and viewpoints which offer excellent panoramic views towards Shrewsbury, the Shropshire Hills and the Welsh Borders.

A maze of paths can be explored amongst these quarried sandstone edges covered in woodland. The mixed areas of conifer and broad-leaved trees provide an ideal habitat for birds and hide the evidence of past quarrying along with a wealth of geological fetures.

Situated on the slopes of the Grinshill sandstone ridge there are paths and viewpoints which offer excellent panoramic views towards Shrewsbury, the Shropshire Hills and the Welsh Borders.

A maze of paths can be explored amongst these quarried sandstone edges covered in woodland. The mixed areas of conifer and broad-leaved trees provide an ideal habitat for birds. These include coal tits, warblers, woodpeckers, and goldcrests and over 120 species of butterfly and moth have been recorded on the site as a whole.

Some relic heathland remains at the top of the Grinshill ridge which provides habitat for other plants and animals not present on other parts of the site.

For centuries this was the centre of a busy quarrying industry as well as some copper mining. There are the remains of old buildings steps and other evidence of human habitation and industry on the site.

The area is a geologist’s delight with a number of exposed rock faces showing distinctive features such as fossilised sand dunes, rain prints and differing layers of rock formations. Fossilised skeletons and footprints of a primitive lizard-like reptile found here during the Victorian era are thought to have been influential in the understanding of evolution during that time.

The site is designated as a county wildlife site and a site of special scientific interest (SSSI) for its geological importance. On the 30th January 2006 Corbet wood and part of Grinshill was designated as a Local Nature Reserve.

There is some easy walking at the bottom of the hill, however the steep slopes mean that most of the walks are rugged so stout footwear is essential. A family-friendly route has been designed at the site (other family-friendly walks are available at other countryside sites).

Corbet Wood and Grinshill Action Group, volunteers from the local community are very involved in the management of the site and can be found working every six weeks on a Saturday. If you would like to get involved please get in touch.

Safety

It should be noted that many of the high quarry faces have loose stones and should not be approached too close, children should be supervised at all times.

Things to see and do

  • Relax in the sun with a picnic amongst logs and boulder seating on the high point east of the car park, with extensive views south.
  • Explore a maze of paths that criss-cross the site revealing surprising views out into the surrounding countryside and signs of people living and working here in the past.
  • Ride your horse or bike along the Humphrey Kynaston Way that passes through the site and on the byways and bridleways around the site.

Getting there

Corbet Wood is just over 1 mile walk east from Yorton Railway Station.

Join in

Corbet Wood and Grinshill Action Group meet every 6 weeks.

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