This is walking country. Whether you want a half-hour stroll to Shelve Pool, a day’s ramble over the Devil’s Chair, or some segments of a long distance footpath, then Lower Farm is the ideal starting point.
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. New for 2017 was a butterfly walk on the Stiperstones, for 2018 they have made the Nipstone Wander more user friendly. In South Shropshire you will be walking in ancient footsteps, by Iron Age hill forts, stone circles and drovers’ roads. Parts of the newly relaunched Shropshire Way Main Route are easily accessible from here, with 4 stretches feasible using public transport.
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.
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 16 to 20 May 2018 has a great range of walks – led by locals, but book in advance. This year is the 75th Anniversary of the publication of the first Malcolm Saville book based in Shropshire, and there are 2 opportunities to follow in his footsteps.
Church Stretton has its walking festival over the weekend of 21-24 June 2018 with lots of guided walks
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