Shrewsbury Hillwalking Club

Founded 1937

Walk Programme

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  • 31st March 2024 - Moel Siabod Circuit up the Eastern Ridge (British Summer Time) Clocks go forward

    Sunday 31st March 2024

    Walk Grade: B

    Meet at The Abbey at 7.00am.

    Walk start 9.00am - Bryn Glo Carpark

    One of Snowdonia's lesser known classics. This route stars from Plas y Brain and sets off through Coed Bryn Engan, following the river Llugwy until the stunning Pont Cyfyng waterfalls are reached. The route makes its way past a small lake before reaching an old quarry, now filled with water it is a picturesque steep sided lake.

    Llyn y Foel is shortly reached and sits at the bottom of Daear Ddu (the East Ridge) this provides an interesting scramble to the summit. you can choose your challenge, go close to the edge for more challenging scrambling or slightly further left to pick your way around some of the difficulties.

    Distance: 10 miles - 2600 feet

    Coordinator: George Nutter - 07532 345100

  • 7th April 2024 - Lake Vyrnwy- Bwlch Sych and Ffridd Fach

    Sunday 7th April 2024

    Walk Grade: C

    Meet at The Abbey at 9.00am

    Walk start 10am

    The Bwlch Sych and Tynygarreg from Lake Vyrnwy is a 10 mile looped trail that starts and ends in Llanwddyn, Powys, Wales.

    Distance: 10 miles and 1700 feet of ascent

    Coordinator: George Nutter - 07532 345100

  • 14th April 2024 - Overton Common-Nr.Ludlow

    Sunday 14th April 2024

    Walk Grade: C

    Meet at the Abbey at 08.30
    Walk start: 09.30

    Travel time: 50 miles
    Travel distance: 33 miles
    No toilet at the start, or along the route.

    The route starts with a climb as we travel north up the Mary Knoll Valley, before making our way in a westerly direction, towards Burrington, from where we join the Herefordshire Way.

    We continue to take the Herefordshire Way until we reach the remains of Richards Castle, at which point we take the most direct paths back to the starting point.

    The walk is hilly but not especially demanding. There are some excellent views, along the way, while places of interest include Burrington and in particular, its church, with its cast iron grave stones, Elton Hall and of course Richards Castle. I think that you will enjoy it, but with so much recent rain,please allow for the real possibility of some muddy ground.


    Distance: Distance: 11 miles Total ascent: 1533’

    Coordinator: David Jakemen- 07824 542340

  • 21st April 2024 - Brecon and Black Mountain Trip

    Sunday 21st April 2024

    Walk Grade: B

    Meet at Abbey Foregate at 8.00
    Llanthony Priory in the Black Mountains

    From the abbey we shall head east to climb up to The Offa’s Dyke Path, along which we will head south for a ridge walk that continues until we drop down to cross Afon Honddn, at Pont Rhys Powell.

    From here we head west to pick up the north bound Cambrian Way and then the Beacons Way for further elevated views, before dropping back down to the start and the opportunity for a drink in one of the most remarkable locations for any pub in Wales. It sits directly under the ruins of Llanthony Priory and is accessed by descending down stone steps to the tiny bar, which sits beneath stone-vaulted ceilings

    If staying over:

    Monday
    Pen y Fan
    11.25 miles with 3077’ Ascent

    Departure time from the hotel to be arranged the night before..

    We shall park in the Taf Fechan Forest, to the south of Pen y Fan, not far the steam railway.

    From there, we shall head north, past the disused reservoir before continuing on a clockwise route that will include the highest parts of Corn Du, Pen y Fan, Cribyn and Fan y Big. If you would like to see what the route looks like, check out the club Facebook page. Photos of the recce are included in the entry in Caroline Jakemans name, downloaded last week. The pictures of the route start from the one with the rainbow in it. You will see that the route provides some excellent views and some big hills.

    Distance: 12.5 miles with 2600’ Ascent

    Coordinator: David Jakemen - 07824 542234

  • 28th April 2024 - Flounders Folly area

    Sunday 28th April 2024

    Walk Grade: C

    Meet 9am at the Abbey

    From Craven Arms Discovery Centre the route follows the River Onny and Quinney Brook north to Strefford and then turns east, up and over Wenlock Edge to Callow Hill and Flounders' Folly. The Folly is open from 11am. There are wonderful views all round with helpful illustrations on the viewing platform to identify surrounding hills.

    From the Folly the route continues along the ridge with good views of the Clee Hills then descends Callow Hill to Lower Dinchope and Halford Wood before ascending to Norton Camp (Iron Age Fort) and on to Rotting Lane. The route crosses the A49 to join the Shropshire Way, past Stokesay and back to the start.

    Mostly grassy paths and tracks with one or two short sections of road. On the recce the descent of Callow Hill was extremely churned up and muddy caused by tree felling operations. Boots and gaiters recommended!

    Distance: 12 miles 1868' of ascent

    Coordinator: Jane Williams - 07746 111883

  • 5th May 2024 - Rainow

    Sunday 5th May 2024

    Walk Grade: C

    Meet at the Abbey: 08.30

    Walk start: Approx. 10: 20

    No toilet facilities at the start but they are available nearby at the Tegg’s Nose Visitors Centre.
    (adds 1.5 miles to the journey)

    This is located at GR SJ 94998 73298 Nearest Post Code SK11 0AP
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    These are also available, roughly half way around, the walk,

    This circular walk will soon see us approach Lamaload Reservoir, from the north. After walking to the west of the reservoir, we head in a southern direction, as far as Chapel Farm, from where we will head west, through Macclesfield Forest and take a path between Tegg’s Nose and Bottoms Reservoirs. We will then go up to Tegg’s Nose, from where we will pick up the Gritstone Trail, which will take us along the top of Kerridge Hill, to White Nancy.

    From White Nancy, we will continue along the Gritstone Trail, before heading west, to pick up Oakenbank Lane, to the starting point

    Distance: Distance: 12 miles, with a total of 2534’ of ascent

    Coordinator: David Jakemen - 07824 542340

  • 12th May 2024 - Llangollen to Biddulph Tower

    Sunday 12th May 2024

    Walk Grade: C

    Meet at The Abbey at 9
    Walk start in Llangollen at 10.00

    Car parking at Mill Street Car park LL20 8RB - Small charge for parking

    We leave the car park and cross over the River Dee to the top of Castle Street. Small incline to join the North Berwyn Way footpath. This is a sharp climb skirting the wood.

    Opening up past Ffynnon-las Wood onto moorland before it opens up onto moorland.
    From here we will veer off to take in the peak of Vivod Mountain before dropping back on a B Road before heading onto Y Foel and Biddulph Tower.

    Fron here a downhill all the way on minor road and tracks back to Castle Street.

    Distance: 11 miles and 2000 feet of ascent

    Coordinator: George Nutter - 07532345100

  • 17th May 2024 - Anglesey Long Weekend

    Friday 17th May 2024

    Walk Grade: C

    17th May - 20th May 2024

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    Coordinator: David Jakeman - 07824 542340

  • 26th May 2024 - Snowdonia Glyderau - CANCELLED DUE TO BAD WEATHER FORECAST

    Sunday 26th May 2024

    Walk Grade: A


    WALK CANCELLED

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  • 27th May 2024 - Ironbridge to Little Wenlock - ALTERNATIVE TO CANCELLED SNOWDONIA WALK

    Monday 27th May 2024

    Walk Grade: C

    Meet at the Abbey: 08:30 Walk start time: approx’ 09:00

    Toilet facilities are available, not at but shortly after, the start of the walk. The circular route takes us in a most indirect way, to Little Wenlock, from where much of the return will be along the Shropshire Way. It takes in parts of historic Ironbridge, including Coalbrook Dale, along with the Rope Walk, and a path along Loamhole Brook. I’m sure that many of our members will know the area well but I still think it might still throw in a few surprises for them, while being a good introduction to the area for those less familiar with it. It’s also a walk that is enjoyable at any time of the year and not just one for December, when we have to stay closer to home.

    Distance: 11 miles Total Ascent: 1618’

    Coordinator: David Jakeman David.jakeman@talk21.com 07824 54234

  • 2nd June 2024 - Clwydian Hills

    Sunday 2nd June 2024

    Walk Grade: C

    Abbey at 9.00; Walk start 10.15

    Starting from Bwlch Penbarra we will take Offa's Dyke path to Moel Famau
    and onwards to Moel Dywyll and Moel Arthur. We then head to Loggerheads
    Country Park via the village of Cilcain and a walk along the River
    Allyn. The ascents in the first half of the walk are fairly steep, but
    the second half is much more gentle! Weather permitting there should be
    good view of Snowdonia, the north Wales coast, and even as far as
    Liverpool and Morecambe Bay! Fingers crossed.

    Note that the start and finish are at different places, so it is
    particularly important that anyone not coming from Shrewsbury Abbey
    contacts John Miles in advance so that cars can be coordinated

    Distance: 11 miles, 2000' ascent

    Coordinator: John Miles - 07800 913467

  • 9th June 2024 - Mitchell's Fold, Corndon, Stapeley and Rorrington Hills

    Sunday 9th June 2024

    Walk Grade: C

    Leave 8-45am from the Abbey, Shrewsbury
    Start 9-30am

    An interesting and varied route including Corndon Hill (513 m), Stapeley Hill and Rorrington Hill with views towards long mountain and the adjacent valleys. It's undulating and not too muddy, good footwear recommended.

    A new route in perhaps familiar territory. On a clear day the views are lovely

    Distance: 10 mile route

    Coordinator: Liz Wright - 0780 4612318

  • 16th June 2024 - Church Stretton to Craven Arms (Note train back)

    Sunday 16th June 2024

    Walk Grade: C

    Meet at Abbey at 8.15

    We start near Church Stretton railway station, cross the A49 and head up to Ragleth Hill.

    After that we pass through Acton Scott, Alcaston, Affcot Manor, Strefford, Wistanstow, and Cheney Longville.

    We cross the railway via the newish spiral footbridge and onto Craven Arms in time for a cup of tea and then catch the 16.59 back to Church Stretton.

    Distance: Distance 17.6 km and 355m of ascent

    Coordinator: Stephen Lewis - 07932 493618

  • 23rd June 2024 - Kington

    Sunday 23rd June 2024

    Walk Grade: C

    Meet at abbey 8am
    Walk start: Kington 9:30

    This is an undulating, circular walk with some steep ascents and descents. On leaving Kington we follow the Offas dyke path which skirts Bradnor hill before ascending Rushock and Herrock hill. After taking in the views we follow a variety of footpaths that lead us to Hanter hill and finally the summit of Hergest Ridge. From here we gently descend back to Kington.

    I shall be meeting you at the start. Any guest/ members wishing to join the walk also at the start, please contact me for parking directions

    Distance: Distance 12 miles

    Coordinator: Teresa Macleod 07837 417458

  • 30th June 2024 - Bishops Castle to Hergen via Churchtown

    Sunday 30th June 2024

    Walk Grade: C

    Distance: 20km and 700 m of ascent

    Coordinator: Stephen Lewis

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  • 21st July 2024 - Elan Valley

    Sunday 21st July 2024

    Walk Grade: C

    Distance: 11.5 miles. 2285' ascent

    Coordinator: David Jakeman - 07824 542340

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  • 8th September 2024 - Cnicht

    Sunday 8th September 2024

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    Coordinator: Louise Dermont

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  • 22nd September 2024 - Shropshire Festival of Walks

    Sunday 22nd September 2024

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    Coordinator: Gill Pursey

Most walks are for a full day of 6 to 8 hours, and are graded as follows:

C - walks that, while often involving mountains, are usually on obvious footpaths and with moderate gradients. This grade also covers lowland walks, and would not normally exceed 12 miles.

B - Mountain or moorland walks which don't include scrambles.

A - Any walk including a scramble.

For Sunday walks, we meet at north side of Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury (200 m beyond the Peach Tree), at times shown above. We'll see how many cars are required, and who's happy to drive, then travel to the walk start. People wishing to meet at the walk start may do so if agreed with the walk leader.