Snailbeach Stroll

Snailbeach Stroll

Hidden in the depths of the Shropshire countryside, Snailbeach is a small village built to serve a lead mine. The lead mine at Snailbeach is the largest in Shropshire with some of the best preserved buildings, including the Engine House. Today it is managed by Shropshire Mines Trust.

The Stroll

OS Explorer 217
4 miles

The car park in the village is easy to find and next to the honesty box. It is generally empty with loads of space, except on this one occasion where it was difficult to find a space in the whole village!

Follow the way marked paths on the far side of the village and into the woods gently heading upwards passing a little isolated cottage on the left.
There is a small icy stream running through the hills alongside the path as it continues into some more wood.

Snailbeach Stroll

Snailbeach Stroll

Continuing along the path up a steep climb up to the ridge of the hill. It is possible to see the Stiperstones from here.
At the t junction there is a decision over which path to take. The one to the left heads upwards gently. There is little vegetation on the landscape so it is easy to see far distances over the stunning Shropshire and into Wales.
Just over the top of the hill are some nice places to stop and have some cake and tea. Apple and raison cupcakes are recommended!

Snailbeach Stroll

Snailbeach Stroll

Carry on along the path enjoying the views until it starts to head downhill.
Part way down at Blakemoorgage there is a restored miners cottage that was last occupied by Edward Neddy Davies in 1955. Every Christmas The Stiperstones National Nature Reserve do a “Christmas at the Cottage” with mince pies and mulled wine.

Snailbeach Stroll

Snailbeach Stroll

The path leads though a tree line of mistletoe and then continues down.
Heading further down along the path you come across the stunning Lordshill Baptist Church. A small church, almost in the middle of no where. The grave stones range from 1600s to the 21st century. Many have similar surnames suggesting they are all of the same family or local names in the area. Evans was the most common name.

Snailbeach Stroll

Snailbeach Stroll

The path then continues and you reach the remains of the Snailbeach lead mines on the left.  The mines were at the height of activity in the 19th century where over 500 men were employed and up to 3,000 tonnes of lead was mined through its life.

The path reaches the Snailbeach village and car park as you continue to follow it down.

Snailbeach Stroll

Snailbeach Stroll

The best, and only, local pub in the area is the Stiperstones Inn which serves great food and drink to enjoy after the walk. There is a very nice log fire and a friendly cat.

 

Place to Eat

The Stiperstones Inn

The Bog (only open from March to November ish)

 

Places to Stay

There are plenty of places to stay in Shrewsbury

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