29th July 2018 - Bridges to Shrewsbury
Most walkers agree that the
Shropshire Way had become a messy web of footpaths that went in all
directions all over the county. A small group of Ramblers formed
the Shropshire Way Association two years ago to redefine it.
After much hard work the Shropshire Way Main Route, as it has been
named, is a logical easy to follow long distance path which is true to
the original route as far as possible with a few variations and
additions. There's a very attractive user friendly website at www.shropshireway.org.uk
and a Cicerone guide is due for publication later this year.
The walk on 29 July covers
Stage 1 from
Kingsland Bridge to Bridges but to make the logistics of doing a linear
walk easier we'll be doing it in the opposite direction with drivers
taking everyone to Bridges and Gill taking drivers back to Bridges at
the end of the walk to collect their cars.
The walk is graded B due to
the length of the
route (15 miles) but there are no steep ascents or descents.
There's a promise of plenty of varied scenery and terrain and a few
paths through familiar places that may look less familiar. We'll
head up the Darnford and Golden Valleys to the Betchcott Hills then
across Wilderley Hill with big sky views to Wilderley Hall and
farm. A mile or so on a quiet lane will get us towards The
Vinnals and Lower Common, on to Exfords Green then up and along Lyth
Hill with its expansive views to the Wrekin and over the south
Shropshire hills. We approach Bayston Hill and take a pleasant
route on to Pulley before wending our way through alleyways and woods
around Meole village and through Kingsland to the riverside walk back
to the Abbey.
Walk leader: Gill Pursey 01743 272986 / 07974