Corndon Hill from near Priest Weston
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Walk Route Description
Although this is only a very short walk, it is rather excellent. Lofty Cordon Hill dominates the Marches for miles around, its distinctive bumpy shape a landmark, yet a surprisingly quiet one. Save this for a clear and warm day, the views are simply unrivalled. Park at the top of the road between Priest Weston and White Grit, where it turns sharply twice. There is small car park on the end of a track to Mitchell's Fold stone circle (Grid ref. SO302977).
Walk south along a track down the west side of the hill for a short way to the edge of a recently deforested wood (Grid ref. SO302971). Go though a gate and stile with an access sign on the left then follow the path uphill directly to the trig point, cairn and bench on the top, reached after an energetic climb. To return, simply use the outward route, ideally after a good hour on the top (Grid ref. SO305969).
At 1682ft (513 m), Corndon Hill sits just inside the English/Welsh border with Stiperstones, Long Mynd and the Clee Hills of Shropshire close by. The hill was formed by magma being thrusted though the Earth's crust then cooling, the dolerite rocks clearly visible on the east side. As far as hills go, Corndon Hill ranks in the highest order, the sense of height is tremendous with the Severn Valley being over 1300ft below and only the nearby Stiperstones is higher. The rolling grassy summit adds spaciousness to the top which looks out over quite simply one of the most beautiful and extensive views from any hilltop.
To the north the long line of Cadair Idris, the Rhinogs, Arans, Arenigs and Berwyns fill the skyline with the Clwydian Hills, Cheshire Plain and Staffordshire Moorlands slightly to the east. Past the Shropshire hills southwards lie the Malvern Hills, Black Mountains and Radnor Forest with the Elenydd and Pumlumon mountains to the west. In between is a seemingly endless patchwork of fields, woods and moors, a magical and captivating view, begging you to stay and gaze in awe.
Other walks nearby
Walk 1809 Shelve & the Stiperstones, from the Bog - moderate - 9.0 miles/14.6 km
Walk 2083 Linley Hill and Linley from The Bog - moderate - 8.5 miles/13.8 km
Walk 1072 Stiperstones low level circular - easy - 4.0 miles/6.5 km
Walk 3395 The Stiperstones Ridge from the Knolls - easy/mod - 5.5 miles/8.9 km
Walk 3422 Ratlinghope & the Stiperstones from the Knolls - moderate - 7.5 miles/12.2 km
Walk 3596 The Stiperstones from the Knolls - easy - 2.0 miles/3.3 km
Walk 3045 The Stiperstones & Blakemoor Flat from the Knolls - easy/mod - 5.0 miles/8.1 km
Walk 3529 Stiperstones from Snailbeach - easy/mod - 7.0 miles/11.4 km
Walk 2745 Betchcott Hills & Pole Bank from Bridges - moderate - 9.0 miles/14.6 km
Walk 1205 Adstone Hill, Medlicott and the Long Mynd from Bridges - moderate - 9.5 miles/15.4 km
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