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Shropshire Hills Walk
The Stiperstones & Blakemoor Flat from the Knolls

Region - Shropshire Hills

County/Area - Shropshire

Author - Lou Johnson

Length - 5.0 miles / 8.1 km    Ascent - 600 feet / 182 metres

Time - 3 hours 10 minutes    Grade - easy/mod

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Walk Route Description

Photo from the walk - The Stiperstones & Blakemoor Flat from the Knolls
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The quartzite outcrops of the Stiperstones dominate this part of Shropshire. Higher than the Long Mynd to the east, they offer superb views over the surrounding countryside including the Long Mynd, Corndon Hill and mid-Wales. The summit of the ridge is Manstone Rock (536m) and is the second highest point in Shropshire and much more rugged than its competitors.

This walk starts from the Knolls Car Park (grid ref SO369976). Here an information board illustrates the geology and wildlife of the Stiperstones, an area of upland moorland, which is a National Nature Reserve and part of the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Go through the gate a follow the broad path uphill towards the outcrops on the skyline. In its early stages the path is easy underfoot but does become rockier later in the walk. After about 400 metres you can bear left off the main path to take in the first significant outcrop of the Cranberry Rock.

Continuing ahead you soon reach Manstone Rock with its trig point precariously balanced on top. It is an easy scramble up to the highest point but do remember the route you took as coming down is often not so easy! Staying on the main ridge path walk north soon passing the Devil's Chair. Continue straight ahead at the next cross path (grid ref.SO371996) where the path becomes a wider track. You pass Shepherd's rock on your right as the track continues across open moorland.

The track starts to descend towards Blakemoor Flat passing close to some fenced fields on your left. Reaching a junction of tracks (grid ref. SJ375008) bear right along an enclosed track. This soon leads back into open country and another junction of tracks (grid ref.SJ380011). Bear right here and contour across the side of the hill with the way ahead always clear on a wide track. Passing above Gittingshay Wood on your left, you reach a fork in the tracks (grid ref. SJ380002). Bear right and start to climb towards the main ridge again.

You soon reach open country again and pass the Shepherd's Rock on your right. Reaching the track used on the outward route, bear left onto the ridge path. You are now retracing your steps past the Devil's Chair and Manstone Rock before dropping down to the car park

Other walks nearby

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Walk 3422 Ratlinghope & the Stiperstones from the Knollsmoderate7.5 miles
Walk 3596 The Stiperstones from the Knollseasy2.0 miles
Walk 1809 Shelve & the Stiperstones, from the Bogmoderate9.0 miles
Walk 2083 Linley Hill and Linley from The Bogmoderate8.5 miles

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This AONB consists of a number of areas of hills centered on Church Stretton. The hills are known for the variety, extensive network of paths and wonderful scenery. The most popular hills are the Long Mynd but others including Wenlock Edge, the Stiperstones and those around Clun are also gaining in popularity. More Information

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