This is walking country. Whether you want a half-hour stroll to Shelve Pool or a day’s ramble over the Devil’s Chair, Lower Farm is the ideal starting point.
Here’s just a few selections:
NEW – Butterfly walk around the Stiperstones starting from The Bog Visitor Centre. Leaflets currently in short supply but prints on A4. Circular route of 8 miles with shortcut making it 5 miles.
From the door
Shelve Pool short amble.
One hour upwards (depending how much you stop!) Walk around our “backyard” across fields in a short circular walk to the SSSI which is Shelve Pool. Enjoy fantastic views of the Stiperstones, views of old mine buildings at Old Grit, and look out for badgers and hares.
Flenny Bank walk
Allow a couple of hours or so for this. It’s an extension of the Shelve Pool walk mentioned above to take you over to The Bog Visitor Centre for tea and cakes.
Stiperstones Ridge Circular
Anything from 2 to 4 hours for this walk as there are a few variants. Take time to visit an old Motte and Bailey Castle at The Knapp (Shropshire dialect for mound or small hill), explore the first lead mine buildings to be conserved at Tankerville, visit a gallery and pottery, watch a beautiful waterfall in Pennerley Dingle and try the steep section where riders are advised to dismount from their horses. Then options to visit The Devil’s Chair and walk along the ridge of the Stiperstones for fantastic views into Wales. By which time you have earned your tea and cake at The Bog Visitor Centre before heading across the fields for home.
A 3 to 4 hour walk. Start off on the Flenny Bank route, but head to Shelve Pool and keep to the left going up Milk Hill. Then loop round through the trees on a couple of the hills which form your view from here, around the back of Linley Hall, so that you pop into The Bog after visiting Nipstone Rock as a viewpoint. Pick whinberries when in season – these are a local speciality like a small blueberry growing wild in the hills.
We are on the route of the circular ‘Flenny Bank Walk‘, and on the BC-ring (we are near both section 4 & 5). Just down the hill is the Mucklewick walk , and it’s possible to follow the Shropshire Way to Bishops Castle and catch the bus back. In addition we’re just a stroll or a few minutes’ drive from the Stiperstones ridge. Check out some recommended routes on our google maps, or Shropshire Walking website. In South Shropshire you will be walking in ancient footsteps, by Iron Age hill forts, stone circles and drovers’ roads.
A short drive from Lower Farm, the Long Mynd and the Stretton Hills are a walker’s paradise, with many quiet footpaths through breathtaking scenery, and a good supply of friendly food-pubs.
Discover a folly and a castle
Craven Arms has the amazing Discovery Centre from which to walk. You can make a loop out to Flounders Folly which gives fantastic views even when the tower is shut, and then pass by Stokesay Castle – truly the jewel in the crown of English Heritage with a 13th Century fortified manor and 14th Century gatehouse – making this a great day out.
Find old fish ponds and a Golden Valley
Starting out from the Bridges, at the back of the Stiperstones, you head up the Darnford stream past Ratinghope Church – site of the grave of the last sin-eater. Most of this path is dog friendly (there is one ordinary style but with an easy scramble under the fence for dogs). See the Victorian Fishponds and loop round on the old Drovers route of the Portway.
Malcolm Saville Lone Pine rambles – check out the end maps from the books and see how well you get on following the Lone Pine Gang
The Shropshire Hills Shuttle is a bus service with walkers in mind – see http://www.shropshirehillsshuttles.co.uk/ You can find a Stiperstones Ridge walk or a circular walk or follow The Portway or The Kerry Ridgeway – really the options are unlimited!
Bishops Castle Walking Festival from 7 to 15 May 2016 had a great range of walks – led by locals. For 2016 they produced a 13 Hills Challenge to be completed over 4 days for the adventurous.
There is a collection of walk books and maps for the use of visitors. You may also like to visit http://www.shropshirewalking.co.uk for a selection of local walks and tours.
There are a variety of local walking groups who welcome visitors – Worthen Walkers on the third Monday of each month have a gentle walk locally, Bishops Castle footpath walking group publish a programme of walks www.bishopscastle.co.uk/downloads/walking-group.doc
The Secret Hills walking company provide tailored guided walks in our area at a reasonable price – just ask and we can arrange for you to be professionally guided. Cost is about £8 per head per day and often in very small groups. See http://www.secrethillswalking.co.uk /
If exploring further afield then some good ideas for walking round the Wrekin can be found on the Wellington LA21 site