Visit Lyth Hill for spectacular views of the Shropshire hills and exhilarating walking on the edge of Shrewsbury.
Bayston Hill, Shrewsbury
Free parking is available all year round. Two car parks.
Located at the edge of Bayston Hill (near Shrewsbury). Car parks accessed from Lyth Hill Road and off the unclassified road that leads through Lyth Bank.
Lat/Long: 52.654514, -2.786401
Every day of the year.
This site, on the outskirts of Shrewsbury, offers some of the best panoramic views of the Shropshire Hills. Follow the paths through wide open grassy areas and amongst oak woodland for relaxing walks. This is the landscape that inspired the work of the famous Shropshire author Mary Webb who used to live on the edge of Lyth Hill.
Lyth Hill provides, arguably, some of the best panoramic views of the south Shropshire Hills, from The Wrekin in the east to Wenlock Edge in the southeast, and the Stiperstones in the southwest. The site has areas of woodland, scrub, and open grassland providing a wildlife refuge on the outskirts of Shrewsbury.
Historically, ropemaking was carried out on the site and the author Mary Webb, author of 'Precious Bane', lived in Spring Cottage on the edge of Lyth Hill. Like the countless visitors who take a walk around Lyth Hill, she was inspired by this stunning landscape.
There is a good path network around the site and this is a fantastic site for walks and also a popular area for jogging. There are benches and picnic tables so that visitors can sit and admire the view. The Humphrey Kynaston Way passes through the site. This is a long-distance bridleway and the site is a popular location for riders of all abilities. Next to the top car park (accessed from the unclassified lane that leads through Lyth Bank) is a toposcope which describes the landscape and identifies the hills that can be seen.
Lyth Hill is also very interesting from a geological perspective. From the path that runs along the bottom of the hill, a rock exposure is clearly visible. The exposure is traversed by parallel pebble bands. This is the Stanbatch Conglomerate, displaced eastward by the Lyth Hill Fault. Trees have been removed to open up a vista towards the rock face.
Management of the site includes cutting bracken to prevent it encroaching into valuable grassland areas and, when possible, using cattle to graze areas of the site. Plantations of native trees at the edge of the site provide nesting cover for birds. An oak plantation near to Spring Coppice commemorates the Queen’s Jubilee. Spring Coppice is an ancient oak woodland with a wonderful display of bluebells. Ongoing work involves removal of non-native sycamore from the woodland.
Shropshire Council work with the Lyth Hill Advisory Group to manage the site. This is a group comprised of local volunteers, parish councils and interested parties. If you are interested in getting involved with the site, we would love to hear from you!
Things to see and do
Park the car and follow the family-friendly walk route around the site. This takes in open grassland, woodland and scrub. Take your binoculars and see what birds you can spot!
Choose a clear night and go star-gazing. Lyth Hill benefits from low levels of light pollution so the night sky is a tapestry of stars.
For something a bit more active, why not try the Lyth Hill Orienteering Course? This has been set up by Wrekin Orienteers. Maps are available.
The site is accessible from bus routes through Bayston Hill.
Occasional practical work parties are held on the site. For more details, please contact us.