Phil Revell

Much Wenlock Circuit

A medium length walk following footpaths around Much Wenlock

Route Information
Length: 4.8 miles (7.8km)
Some short sections on road and one 50m unprotected stretch alongside a main road.
At a moderate pace this should take approximately 1 hour 45mins
Park at the Much Wenlock Public Car Park (TF13 6TA). Alternatively park at the Abbey (TF13 6EN)
Public toilets – none after Much Wenlock.

This is a circular walk and could therefore begin at any point. These directions start at the car park on St Mary's Road/Lane.

Turn right out of the car park and walk up St Mary's Road.

Cross the major road (A458) and take the footpath through a metal field gate immediately opposite the junction. Follow this footpath to a T junction of paths and turn right briefly, before descending to another road. Take care here as you cross.

Cross the road to an obvious stile on the far side. Cross the field ahead of you aiming for a small gate through a hedge. Go through the gate then follow the right hand field edge. There will be a slight rise then you will descend towards houses. Keep following the field edge and you will see a clear track to your right leading out of the field onto the main road.

Turn left again under the old railway bridge and onto the Church Stretton Road. After approx. one hundred metres cross over, and follow a single track road called Blakeway Hollow. This soon turns into a bridleway leading away from the town. Follow this bridleway up a steady but not steep slope for approx. 1km.

As you enter the woods turn right at a junction of several paths. Almost immediately there is another paths junction, with one route leading steeply downhill to your left. Do not take this, but go straight on following the path towards Harley Bank for about twenty yards, before turning right onto a marked path up a bank onto a path which runs alongside a fence along a field edge.

Pass two fields on your right before entering a third field of uneven rough pasture. Look for a field gate on your left, go through this and the footpath gate beyond, then turn right onto a clear forestry path, which soon descends down steps. There are several paths descending left, do not take these. Instead keep following the forestry path (admiring the orchids if you follow this route in summer).

After impressive views over the Shropshire plain to your left you turn right at a junction of paths, then left soon after. You will then pass through gates and emerge onto a major road. This is the main A458 and for the next 50 metres you need to take great care.

Turn right towards Wenlock and walk in single file on the right hand side of the road. After 50 metres cross the road to the sanctuary of a clear field gate. Follow a clear track into a small wood, turning left uphill alongside another field boundary until you reach the woods which follow Wenlock Edge.

Turn right along a broad and obvious path and follow the Edge for about 20 mins. On a clear day you will have views on your right down to Wenlock and ahead across Shropshire towards Cannock Chase. After five field boundaries the path narrows and you descend briefly before turning right onto a clear path alongside a wire fence. Follow this path to the next road (A4169 to Telford). Cross with care and take another obvious path on the far side, which takes you through a gate and up onto Mill Hill, which has a birds eye view of William Brookes School. This section is another good place for orchids.

From the old mill, descend the hill to the right, along a clear path to an old iron gate. Do not go through this gate, but follow the path to your left which leads down into an old railway cutting (the line was last used in 1963). Turn left and after a few yards take the steps leading out of the cutting, following the footpath around to the right where you will join a quiet lane.

Turn right and follow this lane back into Wenlock, passing the Abbey on your left. Approx. 50 metres after the Abbey take a left into the old school yard. At the rear of the yard go up stone steps, which lead into the churchyard. Go around the rear of the Church and the Guildhall, exiting through an old passageway onto the Bullring and High Street.

Cross the road and go up the High St., turning left after the George and Dragon into a narrow alleyway. This broadens out and leads you back to the St Mary's Road Car Park.

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