GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Pontesbury - Pontesford Hill and Earl's Hill Walk

3 miles (5.4 km)

This circular walk from the village of Pontesbury climbs to Earl's Hill and Pontesford Hill for lovely views over the Shropshire countryside. There's much to enjoy with woodland trails, an Iron Age Hillfort and a variety of flora and fauna in the nature reserve area. Look out for the pretty bluebells in the woodland area during the spring months. In the summer you can see orange tip butterflies fluttering around the many wildflowers.
The walk starts off from the centre of Pontesbury and heads east to the wooded area just to the north of the hills. You then follow the trails south to Pontesford Hill and Earl's Hill, which stands at a height of 320m (1049ft). Here you'll find a triangulation pillar, far reaching views over the Shropshire Hills and an Iron Age Hillfort dating from 600BC.
After taking in the views you descend south to pick up the Marches Way trail. You can then follow this back through the woods towards the village.
To continue your walking in the Pontesbury area you could follow the Marches Way long distance trail east to Lyth Hill Country Park. There's more great views to be found from the elevated position of the park.
Around here you can also pick up the waymarked Shropshire Way. The epic trail will take you on a tour of the highlights of this beautiful county.
The village is located just a few miles from Shrewsbury. Here you can try our Shrewsbury River Walk and enjoy a visit to Shrewsbury Castle and the lovely Quarry Park.

Pontesbury and Pontesford Hill OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Pontesbury and Pontesford Hill Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

The Chris Bagley Walk circles the hill and is a great way of extending your walk. The waymarked trail visits the nearby villages of Longden and Habberley with more lovely views to enjoy.
Just south of Pontesbury there's the neighbouring village Snailbeach to visit. The area is a significant part Shropshire’s industrial heritage with a number of ruined lead mines to explore. The site is thought to be the most complete collection of mine building remains in England. The circular Snailbeach Walk starts from the village and heads up to the Stiperstones. The stones are one of the highlights of the area an include an elevated ridge with interesting rock formations and fabulous views.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Shropshire Hills Walks page.


Pontesbury - Red Lion Inn and St Georges Church - - 411232


View from Earl's Hill, adjacent to Pontesford Hill, Shropshire - - 42712

View from Earl's Hill, adjacent to Pontesford Hill, Shropshire

Earl Hill from the South at Easter - - 395123

Earl Hill from the South at Easter

Pontesford Hill Crag - - 200562

Pontesford Hill Crag

Earls hill triangulation pillar - - 763690

Earls hill triangulation pillar

Pontesbury from Earl's Hill - - 1096134

Pontesbury from Earl's Hill

Earls Hill from the south - - 889329

Earls Hill from the south

Trig top on Earl's Hill - - 1136565

Trig top on Earl's Hill


GPS Files

GPX File

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

Memory Map Route

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