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Wenlock Edge

A strenuous walk (low hills and fells (below 600m)) starting and finishing in Shropshire, England, about 26.00km (16.16 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 6:45. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Gain 107m (351ft)
Loss 163m (534ft)
Max. Elevation 260m (853ft)
Elevation (total) 270m (885ft)
Start
Much Wenlock
End
Craven Arms
Distance 26.00km
(16.16mi)
Duration ~6:45
Difficulty  
Strenuous
Car Free Walks TeamCreated by Timwoods on 29 Aug 2009
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.

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Waypoints

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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.
Blakeway Coppice About 1.40 km (~0.87 miles) from
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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.
On the Jack Mytton Way About 2.96 km (~1.84 miles) from
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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.
Ippikin's Rock About 1.81 km (~1.12 miles) from
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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.
Wilderhope Manor About 4.21 km (~2.62 miles) from
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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.
Roman Bank About 3.27 km (~2.03 miles) from
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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.
Harton Hollow Wood About 5.20 km (~3.23 miles) from
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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.
Strefford About 3.99 km (~2.48 miles) from
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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.
Craven Arms About 3.16 km (~1.96 miles) from
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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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