GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Wenlock Edge Circular Walk

5 miles (8 km)

This circular walk from Much Wenlock explores the eastern end of the beautiful Wenlock Edge. On the way you'll visit old quarries, follow peaceful woodland trails and enjoy fine views over the Shropshire Hills. In the summer months you can also enjoy lots of wildflowers and the smell of wild garlic. It's about a 5 mile route with some moderate climbing on the way.
The walk starts from the National Trust car park just to the west of the town. From here you can pick up the Shropshire Way and follow it up through Blakeway Hollow to Blakeway Farm and Major's Leap. This noteworthy viewpoint is the spotfrom where a Royalist major is said to have jumped on horseback to escape pursuers during the Civil War. From here there are fine views ofCaer Caradoc and the Long Mynd.
The route then heads toward Presthope where you can see the old Knowle Quarry lime kilns. After passing the limestone quarries you descend back to the town.
To extend the walk you can continue along Wenlock Edge on either the Jack Mytton Way or Shropshire Way.

Wenlock Edge Circular Walk OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Wenlock Edge Circular Walk Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Wenlock Edge Circular Walk Pubs/Cafes

In Much Wenlock The Raven Hotel is a good option for some post walk refreshments. Set in a delightful former 17th century coaching inn the Raven does excellent food and has a cosy interior with real fires. You can find iton Barrow Street at postcode TF13 6EN for your sat navs.
There's also The George & Dragon Inn on the High Street which has a friendly atmosphere and a good menu too.

Wenlock Edge Circular Walk Dog Walking

The woodland trails on the Edge make for a nice dog walk. There is some moderate climbing though, so your pet needs to be in reasonable shape. The George & Dragon pub mentioned above is also dog friendly.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

After exploring the Edge a visit to Wenlock Priory is a good way to extend your outing. You can stroll around the atmospheric ruins of the 12th century monastery and learn all about the history of the area. The site is in run by English Heritage and includes a pretty Cloister Garden and a 13th century church.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby

Photos

Stony path through Blakeway Hollow near Much Wenlock - geograph.org.uk - 1499041

Stony path through Blakeway Hollow near Much Wenlock

National Trust sign at Wenlock Edge - geograph.org.uk - 200861

National Trust sign at Wenlock Edge

Lea Quarry - geograph.org.uk - 200852

Lea Quarry. Viewpoint is the bridleway along Blakeway Coppice. The north side of the quarry is in the foreground and is connected to the south side by a tunnel (just left of centre) under the B4371.

Bridleway near Blakeway Coppice - geograph.org.uk - 200865

Bridleway near Blakeway Coppice

Rock face - geograph.org.uk - 689349

Rock face. The top of the quarry, this has been made safe as the new footpath runs here.

Quarry viewing area - geograph.org.uk - 689342

Quarry viewing area. The boards and artefacts give details of the quarry and restoration being carried out.

Knowle Quarry - geograph.org.uk - 689462

Knowle Quarry. The long disused quarry was used until the 1920s to provide limestone for the kilns.

Knowle Quarry lime kilns, near Presthope - geograph.org.uk - 200834

Knowle Quarry lime kilns, near Presthope

GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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