Central England – Long Mynd, Shropshire
Distance: 15km/9¼ miles
Type: Woodland, sheep-pasture & moorland
Where: Circular walk from Bridges in the Shropshire Hills AONB.
Start/End: Bridges (SO393965).
Terrain: Minor roads, tracks and paths, with no steep climbs. Waymarking is generally excellent.
Maps: OS Explorer 217; Landranger 137.
Established in 1980, the Shropshire Way was a labour of love for local Ramblers groups, who put in the extensive groundwork of plotting, preparing and waymarking the route with its distinctive buzzard waymark. The idea was for a route that would loop the county and showcase its many highlights. And this it does amply, visiting the Ironbridge Gorge and Wenlock Edge and charming towns like Ludlow, Bishop’s Castle and Much Wenlock. A particularly memorable section includes the lofty Long Mynd and the secluded valleys cut by the River East Onny and its tributaries, at the very heart of AE Housman’s “blue remembered hills” – his “land of lost content”. This walk explores hamlets and hilltops that are the epitome of the Welsh Marches at their most serene – an airy circuit in one of England’s quietest areas.
Click below to see a route profile and view the route on an Ordnance Survey map