Walks

'Jenny Wind' Walk

Distance: 3.5km

Duration: 1.5 hours

Start Point: Much Wenlock NT Car Park

Difficulty: Easy-Medium

Description: This walk heads out from the car park along Blakeway Hollow, passing several overgrown quarries. Turning towards Harley Bank, you can take in a spectacular view of the Edge at Granham's Mount, looking along the edge where on a good day you can see the Long Mynd in the distance. Near the bottom of Harley Bank you will notice the straight, shallow bed of the "Jenny Wind", an old winched tramway used to haul limestone from the quarries at the top to the lime kilns at the bottom. The walk continues back up the hill, past Stoke's Barn and back onto Blakeway Hollow.

A map is available on the information board in the Much Wenlock Car Park.

The view from Granham's mount


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Longville Coppice Walk

Distance: 3km

Duration: 1.5 hours

Start Point: Wilderhope Manor NT Car Park

Difficulty: Medium

Description: This walk takes in the scenic beauty of the Longville Coppice woodlands. Heading out from Wilderhope Manor across the fields, you then enter the woodlands and follow the ridge-line, before exiting onto Pilgrim Lane - an ancient sunken road. You then finish by following the old driveway past the fields back to the Manor.




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Wilderhope Coppice Walk

Distance: 2km

Duration: 45mins

Start Point: Wilderhope Manor NT Car Park

Difficulty: Medium

Description: The walk starts at Wilderhope Manor, home of Major Thomas Smallman who is said to have escaped pursuit by jumping his horse off "Major's Leap", giving it its name. The walk winds through the fields and woodlands of Wilderhope Farm towards View Edge, another limestone escarpment. It then continues through Wilderhope Coppice which covers View Edge before heading back towards the Manor. Be sure to visit the "Pudding Bag" on your way past; a flower-rich meadow hidden by trees.


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Lime Kiln Walk

Distance: 1km

Duration: 25mins

Start Point: Presthope NT Car Park

Difficulty: Easy

Description: A perfect short walk for all the family, taking in some of the history of the area while having a lot of fun. Look out for sections of the natural play trail as you walk; made of material sourced from Wenlock Edge itself and great for kids of all ages. Check out the restored lime kilns, used to burn limestone for fertilisers, and the old powder house, used for storing the gunpowder and later housing donkeys that worked in the quarry. Learn about the geology of the area while staring up at the rock face in Knowle Quarry. And see how many birds you can see visiting the feeders at our bird hide.

A map is available on the information board in the Presthope Car Park.


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'Major's Leap' Walk

Distance: 5.5km

Duration: 2 hours

Start Point: Much Wenlock NT Car Park

Difficulty: Medium

Description: This walks heads first along Blakeway Hollow, passing several overgrown quarries, which was the old packhorse route from Much Wenlock to Shrewsbury. The track then runs along the steep ridge line between the escarpment and Lea Quarry. Two viewpoints look out towards Caer Caradoc and the Long Mynd, the first of which is "Major's Leap", where Major Thomas Smallman is said to have jumped off on horseback to escape pursuing soldiers during the Civil War. The track then turns back through Blakeway Coppice before returning to Blakeway Hollow.

A map is available on the information board in the Much Wenlock Car Park.


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Presthope Walk

Distance: 300m

Duration: 5-10mins

Start Point: Presthope NT Car Park

Difficulty: Very Easy

Description: A short, hard-surfaced loop perfect for pushchairs, wheelchairs and anyone just wanting to stretch their legs. Enjoy the atmospheric woodlands and take in the panoramic view looking towards Caer Caradoc, the Lawley and the Long Mynd.

A map of the walk is available on the information board in the Presthope Car Park.


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Lea Quarry Walk

Distance: 3km

Duration: 1 hour

Start Point: Presthope NT Car Park

Difficulty: Medium

Description: An enjoyable circular walk with great opportunities for fossil-hunting and wildlife-watching. This route runs alongside Lea Quarry, with the path following the ridge between the quarry workings on one side and the steep scarpe slope on the other. Limestone exposures above the quarry shed lots of fossils, so please do not remove material from the rock faces. During the spring and summer flowers line the sides of the path and it is a haven for butterflies and other insects. The path drops down to Blakeway Coppice and follows a wide ride through towering Beech trees back towards the car park.

A map of the walk is available on the information board in the Presthope Car Park.

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