Sunday 6th February 2022 - Caer Caradoc and  Stow Hill

       This is a fine high-level tramp over the open hills of south Shropshire, with a rare visit to the other Caer Caradoc, a superb  triple-banked Iron Age hill fort.

       Meet at the Abbey at 08:30, or at the infants' school in Bucknell  at 09:15. Driving distance is 30 miles; turn right in Craven Arms on the B4368 towards Clun, then turn off left after 2k onto the B4367. On reaching Bucknell, go through the village, and just before the sharp left turn across the railway line, carry straight on instead to park at the school - gridpoint SO 354 737.

    The walk takes us north over Bucknell Hill, then south-west through some pleasant country to a high point beyond Vron, and down again before the steep climb onto Caer Caradoc, which will be a perfect lunch stop. After this, we traverse across west to a quiet road, which we have to follow for about 2k before the return with a gradual climb up and over the broad sunlit uplands of Stow Hill and a descent through Bucknell Wood.

    Total distance is about 12 miles with 2500 ft of ascent. Apart from Caradoc there are no really steep climbs, and the route is largely over good ground and firm paths.

    Walk leader: John Ellerslie; email; text 07490 272286; landline 01743 360115. Please let me know if you're going directly to the start.