Shropshire Hills Walk
The Wrekin from near Cluddley
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Walk Route Description
Of volcanic origins the Wrekin is one of a string of hills stretching from Telford south to Church Stretton near the Long Mynd. The Wrekin has close associations with the surrounding area and dominates the landscape around the modern town of Telford. This direct approach is a straightforward half day walk and offers a grandstand view of the surrounding countryside over a wide area. On a clear day the view extends as far north as Jodrell Bank with the Welsh mountains filling the skyline to the west. In good weather the route can be busy and parking can be very limited.
The start is the car park (Grid ref. SJ638092) on the minor road leading from Junction 7 of the M54 to the village of Little Wenlock. After parking cross the road and take the footpath that bears left in front of the derelict toilet block. Climbing gently the path turns south-west to reach a junction (Grid ref. SJ637088). Turn right here and continue climbing past the cafe and through a gate. The wide path (or track) turns through 180 degrees and continues climbing along the main ridge. Passing a radio tower, the topograph and trig point come into view. It is from these that the best views can be had. To return to the start simply retrace your steps.
Other walks nearby
Walk 2176 A Wrekin circuit from near Cluddley - easy/mod - 4.5 miles/7.3 km
Walk 1941 Outwoods & Beffcote - easy - 4.1 miles/6.7 km
Walk 2678 Wenlock Edge & Broadstone from Wilderhope Manor - easy/mod - 6.4 miles/10.4 km
Walk 3447 Cardington, Caer Caradoc, Hope Bowdler & Willstone Hills - moderate - 7.0 miles/11.4 km
Walk 2499 Aqualate Mere and Forton from Norbury Junction - easy/mod - 8.0 miles/13 km
Walk 1837 Norbury Junction Circular - easy - 4.6 miles/7.5 km
Walk 2027 Weston, Lee Brockhurst and Stanton - easy/mod - 8.5 miles/13.8 km
Walk 1097 Caer Caradoc from Church Stretton - easy/mod - 3.5 miles/5.7 km
Walk 2345 The Clee Hills from near Cleobury North - easy/mod - 6.8 miles/11 km
Walk 2296 A Short Brown Clee Hill Circular - easy/mod - 4.5 miles/7.3 km
Recommended Books & eBooks
Hillwalking in Shropshire
Guidebook to 32 walking routes in Shropshire in the West Midlands. The routes range from 3 miles (5km) to 12 miles (19km), taking in highlights such as The Wrekin, Wenlock Edge, Long Mynd and Stiperstones, Castle Ring and Bury Ditches. Many routes start near delightful towns and villages including Church Stretton, Ludlow and Bishops Castle.
Map and Compass
An instructive guidebook explaining map and compass techniques, to help readers enhance their outdoor experiences. Whether you are experienced in map-reading, or have never used a compass before, this guidebook will sharpen your skills and have you exploring new areas in no time. There are also tips for GPS and digital mapping technologies.