In the south Shropshire countryside there is a stunning complex of hill and ridges, most commonly known as the Shropshire Hills, and located close to Church Stretton. The Lawley is one of the smaller of these hills, but still forms an impressive two mile long ridge, rising to 377m above the surrounding countryside. The landscape is made up for cross ridge dykes and ditches at both ends of the hill. The remains of a small Iron Age Hill fort can be seen on the north end of the hill illustrating the heritage and ancient use of the landscape. Beautiful views can be undertaken from the vista, and wild flora and fauna can be seen including rare red kites.

 

Walk – The Lawley wander

These Shropshire Hills give a beautiful landscape for a variety of walks from short and leisurely to long and hard core! Adventurous walks can be undertaken on The Lawley alone, or combined with other adjacent hills such as Caer Caradoc or The Long Mynd.

Distance : 7.5 miles

Hours : 5 hours

OS Grid Reference : SO 506 952

OS Explorer Map : 217

  • The walk starts at the Royal Oak pub in Carsington at the opposite side of The Lawley to Church Stretton.
  •  The route heads round the quiet northwest slops of the hill. The impressive northern ridge comes into view.
  •  There are many different footpaths on the hills, and the walker needs to pay attention to ensure you stay on the intended route.
  •  The ascent is gradual via a broad grassy path, and it is worth taking it at a leisurely place ensuring the fantastic views can be admired. These views extend far over the Long Mynd, and Stiperstones to the west, Wenlock Edge and Clee Hills to the east.
  •  The landscape is undulating, and there are several hidden peaks before the summit is reached, to fool the walker into early thoughts of reaching the top.
  •  Following the path, the final climb to the summit is clearly marked by a wooden post which is topped by a weather vane that can be seen from all the neighbouring hills on a clear day. The summit is a smashing location for a well deserved lunch and cake stop. It is also very exposed to the weather, making it rather cold and windy, and so an extra layer is always recommended to stay warm while you enjoy the 360 degree vista.
  •  The descent is down the steep southern flank of the hill which is in the shadow of the neighbouring hill Caer Caradoc
  •  Continue following the lanes down, and back the way to Carsington.
  •  This walk can be reversed for those who prefer to climb the steep slopes at the start of the walk, and so descend the gentle slopes.

 

Places to Drink

The Royal Oak, Carsington – a great place to relax after the hard walk. This is especially true, as it is the start of the walk, and a good place to park the cars.

Berrys tea room – this is a traditional tea shop with home made cake and good service.

There are many other places to drink in the nearby Church Stretton including Housemans.

 

Places to Stay

There are many places to stay in Church Stretton for all tastes and budgets.

Youth Hostel Association : Alll Stretton bunkhouse

http://www.yha.org.uk/hostel/all-stretton-bunkhouse

 

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