GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Hope Bowdler Hill

2 miles (4 km)

This walk climbs to Hope Bowdler Hill from the Shropshire village of the same name. It's a moderate climb, running for about 1.5 miles along a decent footpath.
The route starts in Hope Bowdler village and follows a footpath north west towards Black Planting and the Gaer Stone. You then continue north east to the 426 metre summit of Hope Bowdler Hill. From here there's excellent views to the surrounding Shropshire hills including the nearby Clee Hills and the Long Mynd.
The route descends on the same paths though you could turn it into a longer circular walk by heading to Willstone Hill and then descending on Hope Batch.
The Caer Caradoc circular walk passes close to the hill as well. It will take you up to the higher summit of this popular hill.

Hope Bowdler OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Hope Bowdler Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Just to the west you can visit the popular settlement of Church Stretton. Here you can visit two of the local walking highlights at the Carding Mill Valley and the Long Mynd.
To the south east there's Aston Munslow where you can pick up the Corvedale Three Castles Walk. The circular waymarked trail explores the valley of the River Corve, visiting a series of historic sites on the way.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Shropshire Hills Walks page.

Photos

Hope Bowdler From The Footpath To Hope Bowdler Hill - geograph.org.uk - 258182

View down to the village from The Footpath To Hope Bowdler Hill

The southeastern top of Hope Bowdler Hill - geograph.org.uk - 1075661

The southeastern top of the hill In the middle distance, the long ridge of Wenlock Edge stands out as a dark, wooded feature, and the bulk of Brown Clee Hill fills the horizon.

Un-named summit near Hope Bowdler - geograph.org.uk - 1405270

Un-named summit near Hope Bowdler. It's 426 metres ASL and is one of a row of hills south-east of Caradoc, but that's about it. Beyond are the Clee Hills.

Cairn on one summit of Hope Bowdler Hill - geograph.org.uk - 1075658

Cairn on one summit of the hill. This is on the 410m top of the hill, looking NE towards the 'proper' 426m summit about 500 yards away. The garden cane planted in the turf is a temporary route marker for the 'Cardington Cracker' fell race, which came over these hills about 10 minutes after we'd walked by.

Field boundaries at Black Planting - geograph.org.uk - 1074718

Field boundaries at Black Planting. The wall and ditch feature in the foreground represents the old boundary between what are now cultivated fields on the left (east) and open country/access land in the west on this part of the Hope Bowdler hills.

The Gaer Stone from bridleway - geograph.org.uk - 1405265

The Gaer Stone from bridleway. The Gaer stone marks one end of a row of hills parallel to Caradoc, and the Battlestones mark the other end. The communications mast to the left of the stone is on Hazler Hill.

Video

GPS Files

GPX File

Hope Bowdler.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Hope Bowdler.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)