Sunday 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 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 771258