Shropshire Way Long Distance Footpath

A personal record of my walk of the Shropshire Way with statistics, photographs and written journal. Tracklogs for GPS units and for use with Google Earth are available for download for each stage.

Caer Caradoc
The view from Caer Caradoc to Ragleth Hill, Church Stretton and the Long Mynd

I first discovered Shropshire during a four day visit to Church Stretton in September 2014. That first visit involved walks of Brown Clee, the Long Mynd and Stiperstones. I was hooked with the beauty of the county. So what could I do on my next visit to Shropshire which would give me a more rounded feel of the whole county. "I could walk the full length of Shropshire" I thought and so the plan was made. I set out to walk from north to south by way of the Shropshire Way with a slight detour on to the Severn Way which would get me from Shrewsbury to Ironbridge Gorge. Extended to a planned walk of the Cheshire Sandstone Trail this would make for around ten days of adventure while long distance walking. Here, in order of walking from north to south are the seven stages of my Shropshire walk, six on the Shropshire Way with the third one by way of a Severn Way link. Enjoy the journey with me; I tell it as I found it which includes some spectacular sights and some brilliant stretches of walking. Oh, it does highlight some problems I found as well, particularly in the rural north. Note, this was before the new management team of the Shropshire Way was formed so my problems may well have been sorted by now. Don't let the start of my walk put you off, the walk is worth it in the long run.

Interactive map of the walk

Walk Miles Description
Shropshire Way Day One: Grindley Brook to Wem 10.6 Includes Grindley Brook, Whitchurch, Hadley, Hollinwood, Whixall, Edstaston and Wem.
Shropshire Way Day Two: Wem to Shrewsbury 15.6 Includes Wem, Grinshill, Hadnall, Astley, Ebury Hillfort, Haughmond Abbey, River Severn and Shrewsbury.
Shropshire Way Day Three: Shrewsbury to Ironbridge Gorge 17.1 The Severn Way link stage which includes Shrewsbury, River Severn, Atcham, Cressage, Sheinton, Buildwas Abbey and Ironbridge Gorge.
Shropshire Way Day Four: Ironbridge, Much Wenlock and Wenlock Edge 15.1 Includes Ironbridge Gorge, River Severn, St Milburga's Priory, Much Wenlock, Wenlock Edge and Longville in the Dale.
Shropshire Way Day Five Part One: Cardington, Caer Caradoc Hill and Church Stretton 4.5 From my Shropshire Way walk. Includes Cardington, Willstone, The Lawley, Caer Caradoc Hill, Three Fingers Rock and Church Stretton.
Shropshire Way Day Five Part Two: Church Stretton to Wentnor 6.0 Church Stretton, Carding Mill Valley, Light Spout Waterfall, Long Mynd, Pole Bank, Wentnor.
Shropshire Way Day Six: Wentnor, Bishop's Castle and Hopesay 16.0 Includes Wentnor, Norbury, More, Lydham, Bishop's Castle, Colebatch, Brockton, Kempton and Hopesay.
Shropshire Way Day Seven: Hopesay, Craven Arms, Stokesay Castle and Ludlow 13.9 Includes Hopesay, Craven Arms, Stokesay Castle, Onibury and Ludlow.
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