Brown Clee is the highest hill in Shropshire at 540m above sea level. It can be seen from a far, and easily recognisable with the air traffic control radar mast on the summit which can range over 100 miles. The radars are used as warning systems for aircraft of the large hills. However, over the years, many planes have crashed into the Brown Clee, more than any other hill in Shropshire.

The Brown Clee is classified as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and there is popular with walkers throughout the year.

 

Shropshire Young Ramblers & West Mid Walkers

OS Explorer 217
6.5 miles

There is no car park for this walk, and the only parking is verge side at the foot of Abdon Burf. It is not the easiest place to find as all directions seem to be incorrect! Shropshire Young Ramblers found several different icy routes, and some got there on time, and others were rather lost and late.

The best way is to head from Ditton Priors and follow the sign to Abdon, head towards the hillside, continuing along the road until you see the stile on the right.

Head over the stile onto the main frozen path to the top of Abdon Burf. This path is clearly defined heading straight up and there is little chance of getting lost.

On the way it is possible to see the remains of the old quarry workings and exposures of old red sandstone. The ruins of the ancient Iron Age hillfort sits right on top of the hill.

When at the top, it is worth admiring the radar towers and toposcope illustrating the landscape and their distances. The views are stunning with Birmingham and the Black Country in one direction and the Welsh Black Mountains on the other side. The Long Mynd, Wenlock Edge, and Berwyn Mountains are visible on a good clear day.

The hill is very exposed but the weather giving a high chill factor even when there are bright blue skies. It is recommend that you wear a lot of layers, although SYR did spend a lot of time taking them off on the way up the hill due to the brilliant temperature.

The down hill stretch of the walk follows the Shropshire Way. The clear defined concrete path takes you over the eastern slopes of the hills, through the woodlands of Burwarton Park. Continuing on this path at a gentle pace being surrounded by natural beauty makes you in awe of the landscape.

The path gets you back to the cars faster than you anticipate and gives a chance to rest and take off the muddy boots.

In true SYR style, a large number headed to the Boyne Arms to recover with a drink, and scones with jam provided by the wonderful staff.

Places to Eat
Boyne Arms in Burwarton.

Places to Stay
Fownes Hotel
The Feathers, Ludlow
There are many other places in Ludlow and the surrounding area to stay.

 

 

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