The Wrekin is a hill which stands out of the landscape in east Shropshire. It totals a height of 407 metres, and from the top it is possible to see local towns such as Ironbridge, further landscapes of Shropshire Hills, and into the Black Country.

The Wrekin was created in the Pre-Cambrian age over 680 million years ago. The volcanic rocks found on the hill are made from larva flows over the landscape before the hill shaped. These rocks include rhyolites, tuffs, and aggloerates. The Wrekin also contains sedimentary rocks from the Cambrian period, including sandstone, limestone, quartzite and shale.

The summit contains an Iron Age hill fort of approximately 8 hectares. The boundaries of this fort can be clearly seen through aerial photographs of the site.

The latest addition to the summit is the transmitting station which is used for broadcasting and telecommunications. This structure is a prominent feature of the hill, and can be seen from afar defining the Wrekin and ensuring that it can be recognised from the rest of the Shropshire Hills.

The hill is popular to walkers and cyclists who enjoy the challenge of reaching the top to see the view across the county. There are several different routes over the Wrekin, with the most common route being that which has well marked paths.

There are many tails about the creation of the Wrekin, including one about a giant. The giant was a Welshman who held a dislike to Shrewsbury, and had intended to flood it by dumping a spade of soil in the River Severn. The giant decided Shrewsbury was too far away and dumped the soil where he stood, thus creating the Wrekin.

 

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