Some Shropshire Hills…
The hills – it’s what the AONB is primarily about. Some of our hills are fine summits and well known, others more subtle and seldom trodden.
A full list of hills by altitude sounds simple, but runs into definition problems about things like the amount of drop between other high points. This list dodges these issues by simply being a list of hills we think are interesting and satisfying to go up. It is reasonably comprehensive, but doesn’t include everything in the AONB that might be called a hill or every high point on extensive hills such as the Long Mynd. The tops of the hills listed (or in some cases a point quite near it) are accessible by public rights of way or on defined open access land. Please observe rights of public access. A few fine looking hills which do not have public access have been excluded – those you will have to enjoy the view of rather than the view from!
This isn’t a tick list or a challenge, but intended to be an appreciation of the wonderful variety and beauty of the Shropshire Hills, and an invitation to explore. From fantastic viewpoints to ancient hillforts, geological features and wildlife refuges, you will find all these and more among this selection. Grid references are given below. Please refer to maps and other sources for routes and access information, some links are included.
- Brown Clee – Abdon Burf 540m, SO 593867. The highest point in Shropshire. To the east you don’t reach any higher ground until the Ural mountains in central Russia.
- The Stiperstones 536m, SO 367986. The highest point is Manstone Rock. Be sure also to see the Devil’s Chair (whose crest provides an entertaining short scramble for those with a steady head), and the various other rocky tors of sandstone quartzite. A National Nature Reserve owned and managed by Natural England.
- Titterstone Clee 533m, SO 591779. Despite a large quarry, various masts and a radar station, this is still a fine hill, and located in the south-east of the area, offers different views including to the Malvern Hills and the Cotswolds, our neighbour AONBs.
- Long Mynd – Pole Bank 516m, SO 415944. Rising gently above the Long Mynd plateau, Pole Bank is nevertheless a pleasing top, served by good paths and an interesting toposcope. The Long Mynd is owned and managed by the National Trust.
- Clee Burf (Brown Clee) 510m, SO 593842. Slightly lower sister to Abdon Burf, this hill lies just to the south, above an extensive area of common land.
- Kerry Ridgeway 483m, SO 198869. Hilltops in the Clun Forest are less well defined, and often not accessible. This point on the Shropshire/Powys border near the Cantlin Stone and Upper Shortditch lies very close to the highest point in the Clun Forest. The Kerry Ridgeway offers a great high level walk or off-road cycle.
- Lower Shortditch 475m, SO 214881. Another high point on the Kerry Ridgeway, and an interesting site in its own right with a small fragment of heathland, managed by Shropshire Wildlife Trust.
- Yearlet 465m, SO 436935. The Long Mynd has some fine hill summits along the eastern edge where it is cut by deep valleys (known locally as batches). Yearlet is one of the most impressive.
- Caer Caradoc 459m, SO 477953. Rising above Church Stretton, Caradoc is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful of Shropshire’s Hills, its craggy ridge suggesting a hill of much greater stature. An impressive Iron Age hillfort crowns the top.
- Heath Mynd 452m, SO 335940. A rounded heathery hill south of the Stiperstones.
- Nipstone Rock 445m, SO 355968. Stiperstones in miniature! Managed by the Shropshire Wildlife Trust, this lovely little crag forming a southern extension of the Stiperstones ridge is a very short walk from the road. Heathland is being restored after removal of conifer plantations.
- Stow Hill 434m, SO 317745. Good views into Herefordshire from this hill on the southern edge of the AONB.
- Llanfair Hill 431m, SO 254794. A high point on Offa’s Dyke Path National Trail.
- Myndtown Hill/Black Knoll 427m, SO 396894. At the southern end, the Long Mynd narrows to a ridge rather than a plateau. Great views from this point on the ancient Port Way.
- Hope Bowdler Hill 426m, SO 479940. With a few different tops, this is one of the Stretton Hills and offers great walking.
- Rhos Fiddle 420m, SO 206854. Not a very defined hill top, but close to another of the Clun Forest’s subtle high points, and a fantastic site – the largest area of heathland remaining in the Clun area, managed by Shropshire Wildlife Trust.
- Sowdley Wood 417m, SO 324799. Wooded hilltop above the Clun valley.
- Callow 412m, SO 431919. Another of the fine hilltops on the east side of the Long Mynd. Stroll onto the summit from the plateau, or climb it the hard way from the bottom!
- Norbury Hill 411m, SO 358943. The high points of either Norbury Hill or Linley Hill are not really the focus here, but rather the amazing avenue of Linley Beeches climbing the ridge. New trees were planted in the early 2000s, as the original ones are reaching the end of their life.
- Cwm Sanaham Hill 409m, SO 270755. A notable high point on Offa’s Dyke.
- The Wrekin 407m, SJ 627081. Standing proud above low-lying land near Wellington and Telford, the Wrekin is our best known hill and an iconic landmark for miles around.
- Stapeley Hill 403m, SO 313991. An interesting area of common near the Welsh border, Stapeley offers good walks and views, as well as the fascinating Mitchell’s Fold stone circle.
- Willstone Hill 403m, SO 484943. One of the tops of Hope Bowdler Hill, blessed with its own name, and the impressive Battle Stones.
- Black Rhadley 402m, SO 342955 and Cefn Gunthly 400m, SO331948. Pleasing small hills to the south of the Stiperstones ridge.
- Caer Caradoc 399m, SO 309757. A second with the same name – this one being a smaller hill above Chapel Lawn in the Redlake valley, but equally with an important prehistoric hillfort.
- Ragleth 398m, SO 454921. The impressive ridge opposite Little Stretton, Ragleth offers great views, and has some nice woodland on its lower flanks.
- Hopton Titterhill 397m, SO 353772. High point of a Forestry Commission woodland at the fringes of the Clun valley, Hopton offers views as well as top notch waymarked mountain biking routes.
- Clun Hill 394m, SO 301789. A high point south of the small town of Clun, reachable by road or path.
- Bury Ditches/Sunnyhill 393m, SO 327838. Bury Ditches is one of the largest and most impressive hillforts in Shropshire and rises above surrounding Forestry Commission woodland.
- Bromlow Callow 384m, SJ 326008. The clump of pines on this prominent small hill above the Rea Valley make it recognisable from miles around. Conservation work is going on to control the spread of gorse.
- The Lawley 377m, SO 494974. Visible and easily reachable from the A49 between Shrewsbury and Church Stretton, the Lawley offers a lovely gentle grassy ridge walk to a satisfying summit.
- Mucklewick Hill 373m, SO 330970. Lying not very obviously in the interesting terrain west of the Stiperstones, Mucklewick is worth the walk in.
- Adstone Hill 371m, SO 389949. Adstone offers a lovely easy walk from the Bridges, or a way up on to (or down from) the Long Mynd.
- Cefns 370m, SO 274843. A nice ridge on the Shropshire Way north of Whitcott Keysett in the Clun Valley.
- Helmeth Hill 344m, SO469938. This accessible small wooded hill near Church Stretton is owned by the Woodland Trust and has waymarked paths.
- Callow Hill 336m, SO 460850. East of the Wenlock Edge escarpment lies the higher ridge of the Aymestry limestone, which is broken by valleys into a series of low hills. Callow Hill is perhaps the most accessible and satisfying of these, not least because of the impressive tower of Flounder’s Folly, restored by a Trust in the early 2000s and now open on arranged days.
- Radnor Wood 325m, SO 318816. Remains of a small hillfort lie hidden among the trees in this Forestry Commission wood near Clun.
- Wart Hill 324m, SO 400847. This small hill near Hopesay offers a short steep climb and surprisingly good views.
- Earl’s Hill 319m, SJ 409048. With its nearby wooded lower shoulder Pontesford Hill, Earl’s Hill is a nature reserve managed by Shropshire Wildlife Trust. The volcanic rocks form steep crags and scree in places, and the reserve has valuable woodlands and acid grassland.
- Hopesay Hill 310m, SO 402838. A lovely little piece of common with sheep and ponies. Great views and an easy level walk if you park at the north side.
- Norton Camp 294m, SO 371797. A huge hillfort tucked in the woods above Craven Arms, this can be reached on public footpaths.
- Clunbury Hill 270m, SO 444818. There is no public access to the top of Clunbury Hill, but the paths up its slopes offer lovely views over the lower Clun valley.
- The Ercall 265m, SJ 644097. Smaller sister just to the north of the Wrekin, the Ercall has lovely woods and an impressive former quarry with important geological exposures where some of the earliest rocks containing fossils lie ‘uncomformably’ on an eroded earlier surface of Precambrian volcanic rocks. Managed by Shropshire Wildlife Trust.
- Wenlock Edge 265m, SO 503898. Wenlock Edge is a classic limestone escarpment, and at nearly 20 miles in extent, is one of the longest continuous woodlands in England. Views are enigmatic, and high points indistinct, but the Edge is a lovely place to explore. The path known as Jacob’s Ladder above Eaton reaches one high point by a tough climb, but fairly level walks are available from Presthope, Much Wenlock and other locations.
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Other Shropshire Hills
The Shropshire Hills AONB contains most of the high ground in Shropshire. Some lower but lovely hills are found in other parts of the county however, notably the limestone hills around Oswestry, the sandstone hills of North Shropshire such as Grinshill and Nesscliffe, and hills close to Shrewsbury such as Haughmond and Lyth Hill.
Over the Border
To the west, the Shropshire Hills AONB bounds with the rolling hills of mid Wales. Corndon (513m) is very close, in fact more than half encircled by Shropshire and prominent from the Stiperstones, with its smaller neighbour Roundton just to the south. Beacon Hill (547m) south of the Teme Valley is a larger expanse of moorland, while to the north the Breiddens rise steeply above the Shrewsbury – Welshpool road.