Wenlock Edge

Submitted by Timwoods on 29 August 2009
OS Explorer Map: 217 - The Long Mynd & Wenlock Edge
 
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A linear, full-day low hills and fells (below 600m) walk in England starting at Much Wenlock, Shropshire, about 29km (roughly 18 miles) long and unsuitable for families with children, prams/pushchairs, wheelchairs. Wenlock Edge is a famous for its rich deciduous woodland, which attracts nature lovers from far and wide. The limestone escarpment stretches for 16 miles through the heart of Shropshire, and a hike along its full length makes for a long, but unforgettable, day out. For those who prefer to take things a bit easier, there is a Youth Hostel half way along so you can enjoy the edge over a more leisurely two days instead. Either way, it's a walk not to be missed in one of England's finest counties. Start: Much Wenlock, OS Grid: SO617997
End: Craven Arms, OS Grid: SO436831
Elevation Profile (x: waypoint number, y: metres)
Gain (+/- 10%): 363m (1192ft)
Total (+/- 10%): 782m (2567ft)
Loss (+/- 10%): 419m (1375ft)
Max. Elevation: 260m (853ft)

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217 - The Long Mynd & Wenlock Edge
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OS Grid: SO617997
The walk can be done in either direction - both Much Wenlock and Craven Arms have good transport links - but heading north to south gives you the option of train connections from Craven Arms.
About 1 km (roughly 1 miles) from 1 OS Grid: SO603996
The path is well signposted from Much Wenlock, following the Jack Mytton Way. Jack Mytton was a Shropshire squire in the 17-1800s, and could apparently drank eight bottles of port a day. Something to consider once your walk is finished, perhaps.
About 3 km (roughly 2 miles) from 2 OS Grid: SO582974
The northern end of Wenlock Edge is perhaps the most glorious, as the path leads along the face of the steep escarpment through the woods. Badgers, woodland birds and all sorts of other flora and fauna live here.
About 2 km (roughly 2 miles) from 3 OS Grid: SO568964
Look for climbers trying out the routes on Ippikin's Rock, and keep heading southwest. There is a pub nearby at Hilltop - The Wenlock Edge Inn - if you are ready for that first bottle of port.
About 4 km (roughly 3 miles) from 4 OS Grid: SO546927
From Ippikin's Rock, continue along the foot of the escarpment via a disused railway track - closed like many Shropshire branch lines by Dr Beeching. Near Longville in the Dale, the path ascends the escarpment again to the YHA at Wilderhope Manor - owned by the National Trust.
About 3 km (roughly 3 miles) from 5 OS Grid: SO520906
Heading on from Wilderhope, the path runs along the top of Wenlock Edge for a distance, offering a brief chance of views out to The Long Mynd. Carry on to Coats Wood and Roman Bank.
About 5 km (roughly 4 miles) from 6 OS Grid: SO478876
Soon after Roman Bank, the route leaves the Jack Mytton Way and continues along the the top of the escarpment through a series of coppiced woodlands.
About 4 km (roughly 3 miles) from 7 OS Grid: SO444855
There are numerous ways to descend into Craven Arms, but a good option is to leave the bridleway near Moorwood and head into the village of Strefford. Head along the Quinny Brook, but not before looking back and enjoying the scenery of Wenlock Edge once more.
About 3 km (roughly 2 miles) from 8 OS Grid: SO435825
The walk ends in Craven Arms, another exhibit in Shropshire's collection of charming towns. There are good bus and train connections, and plenty of places to stay - well worth stopping over and visiting nearby Stokesay Castle the next (don't worry, you can walk there!)
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