The Wenlock Wanderer travels between the picturesque towns of Much Wenlock and Church Stretton. Journey along the famed limestone escarpment of Wenlock Edge, through ancient woodland, and into the beautiful Long Dale and Ape Dale. The Stretton hills and Long Mynd rise before you as you travel into the heart of the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Why step aboard the Wenlock Wanderer? Well… for starters we have some great walks to suit everyone, fantastic views, spectacular wildlife, country pubs to whet your appetite and your chance to experience life on a Victorian Farm at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm. Much Wenlock and Church Stretton are worthy of a day out in themselves with historic town trails to follow, independent shops to browse and tearooms to tempt you.
For details of the Wenlock Wanderer timetable, map and places to stop en-route, please click below.
- Wenlock Wanderer timetable 2013
- Wenlock Wanderer route map
- Key Stops along the way
- Walks from the Wenlock Wanderer
- Refreshments / pub stops en-route
The Shropshire Hills Shuttles operate a ‘Hail & Ride’ system, as well as designated stops, so as long as you are standing in a safe place for the bus to pull in you will be picked up or dropped off.
- Much Wenlock
There is much ado about Much Wenlock in 2012 with its status as home of the modern Olympian games. Follow the town trail and discover for yourself its history, the beautiful timber framed buildings and tranquil ruins of the medieval Wenlock Priory. A number of way-marked circular walks start from the town – visit the Visitor Centre and Museum for more information. The Shuttle stop is on Queen Street, which is Much Wenlock’s main bus stop.
- Wenlock Edge is a ribbon of ancient woodland perched on the crest of a limestone escarpment. The limestone was laid down as a coral reef 420 million years ago in tropical seas. It gave rise to a major local industry that today has finished, leaving a legacy of worked-out quarries, limekilns and trackways. Today, the lime rich grasslands support spectacular plants, including several rare orchids. The Shuttle stops at two National Trust car parks, Presthope and Blakeway Hollow – walks from both are highlighted in the National Trust leaflet ‘Walks on Wenlock Edge’, available from local Visitor Information Centres.
- Acton Scott Historic Working Farm is a great day out for the whole family. Experience life on a Victorian Farm, meet the farm animals, try your hand at butter making and sample the delights in the Old School Café.
- Little Stretton
This little village has a lot to offer with two pubs to choose from, a campsite and beautiful walks on its doorstep. Explore for yourself by walking up Ashbrook Valley onto the Long Mynd and down into Cardingmill Valley and Church Stretton.
- Church Stretton
Nestling in the majestic folds of the Long Mynd and Stretton Hills, this is a traditional market town where you can enjoy authentic, independent shops and wholesome, locally produced food and drink from its tearooms and pubs. A number of waymarked circular walks start from here – visit the Visitor Information Centre for details.
- Carding Mill Valley
Owned by the National Trust, Carding Mill Valley is the ideal starting point to find out about the wildlife, history and conservation work on the Long Mynd. Details of local walks can be found at the National Trust Information Point.
The Wenlock Wanderer stops or passes close to a number of places to access the Shropshire Way, enabling you to enjoy stretches of this excellent waymarked walking trail. Visit www.shropshirewalking.co.uk/shropshire-way for details of walks, including circular, along the Shropshire Way.
- Access points from the Wenlock Wanderer :
- - Carding Mill Valley and Church Stretton
- - Little Stretton to Church Stretton linear walk, 6 miles
- - Acton Scott
- - Acton Scott Circular, 3.5 miles
- - Longville in the Dale (via Wilderhope Manor)
- - Wilderhope Manor to Church Stretton linear walk, 12 miles (to make this walk shorter start at Acton Scott and follow the Shropshire Way in either direction)
- - Wilderhope Manor to Much Wenlock linear walk, 7.5 miles
- - Ippikins Rock (The Wenlock Edge Inn)
- - Presthope
- - Blakeway Hollow
- - Much Wenlock
- Little Stretton
- The Ragleth Inn, 01694 722711
- The Green Dragon, 01694 724891