Discover Shropshire - a walk with a view

It is #NationalWalkingDay and we are celebrating some of Shropshire's finest views.

We all agree that we are spoilt for choice in Shropshire when it comes to walking routes. With lots of pretty villages, canals and public rights of way meandering across the county, it is easy for all ages to get outside and discover new places.

However, we all love a view and we are not short of spectacular scenery. 

Earls and Pontesford Hill

Earls & Pontesford Hill

Earls and Pontesford Hill Nature Reserve near Pontesbury probably boasts one of the finest Shropshire views. It is a steep climb to the top but it is worth it for the 360 degree view! The site marks the start of the Shropshire Hills from the north and you can gaze southwards to the Long Mynd and Stiperstones. At the top of Earls Hill there is the remains of an Iron Age Hill Fort, constructed around 600BC.

Ant Hill at Earls Hill

Ant Hill at Earls & Pontesford Hill (c) Ben Osbourne

Other than the short steep climb to the summit, the rest of the site is fairly easy going, with bluebell woodlands and anthill meadows to explore. Please remember to keep your dog on a lead as there are grazing animals on site.

Llanymynech  Rocks marks the start of the Oswestry uplands and is easily recognisable by the large limestone cliffs rising from the ground. Llanymynech is fascinating to visit throughout the year because of its geological history and industrial past, there are remains of old tramways and a winding house. Offas Dyke path runs through the Reserve and there are many routes to follow – some can be fairly uneven but slopes are gentle and lead to fine views of Wales. Llanymynech is a haven for butterflies due to the short grasslands and its richness for providing food for caterpillars.  

Llanymynech Rocks

Llanymynech Rocks (c) Monts WT

Haughmond Hill, to the east of Shrewsbury, is ideal for children, pushchairs and wheelchairs. With several easy woodland walking trails of different lengths, you can choose one to suit you.

Haughmond Hill

Haughmond Hill (c) Aisling Rogers

Haughmond Hill has commanding views across Shrewsbury and the River Severn as well as across the The Wrekin and South Shropshire. You can even stop and take a look at the working quarry next to the site! It is managed by the Forestry Commission and there is a café and picnic areas if you want to make a day of your visit.

Finally, some of the finest Shropshire views can be found in the south of the county, we are lucky to have the Stiperstones ridge, the Long Mynd and the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty all on our doorstep. It is a difficult decision to pick just one!

The Hollies

The Hollies

Our Nature Reserve – The Hollies, forms part of the Stiperstones and is full of interesting characters – as well as fine views. If you are looking for somewhere peaceful to explore then this is the site for you, but it is a steep incline. You will find ancient Holly trees, 3 or 4 centuries old and you can walk up the track through the grove to see the old miners cottages.

 

Why not let us know your favourite Shropshire views? Tag us in your photos, we would love to see them!

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