Itinerary Category: general
Some of the best of South Shropshire’s historic landscapes in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. These viewpoints can be visited in any order, depending on what else you are doing aand how good the weather is. All postcodes are approximate and locations should be checked on a map!
Two Ordnance Survey maps cover these viewpoints: Explorer 217 and 203
Suggested by: Mike Brogden of Ferndale Flat.
Wenlock Edge – 2hrs
Park in the Wenlock Edge Inn’s car park on the B4371 (Much Wenlock to Church Stretton), about 9 miles from Much Wenlock. The sign says the car park is private but the owners of the Inn don’t mind visitors parking here. From the back of the car park, go through two field gates and a kissing gate to find Ippikin’s Rock. Below the rock there is a cave. The view northwards takes in the villages of Homer and Harley and westwards, the Stretton Hills. To the east is the Wrekin. The Wenlock Edge footpath can be joined from the Rock. There are other spots from which to admire this view in the Much Wenlock direction, including the one from which Major Smallman leaped on horseback to escape the Roundheads. He survived; the horse didn’t. Meals are available at the Wenlock Edge Inn.
The Burway, Church Stretton – 2hrs
In the centre of Church Stretton, follow the brown Burway signs. Drive up the very steep Burway Road (not for nervous drivers) to the car park on the left, at the top of the Long Mynd. The view takes in Church Stretton town and Wenlock Edge (centre); north, the Wrekin Hill (about 25 miles) and the much closer, Caer Caradoc; the pink Ironbridge Power Station chimney and on the horizon to the south, the Titterstone Clee (with a radar golfball). Continue on this road for about two miles and pull in to the right, immediately after a fenced field with a tree border, for another viewpoint, Polebank. Continue for a further mile and park opposite the gliding club to watch hang-gliding (at weekends) and enjoy the views into Wales. For tea, coffee and lunch: Berry’s or Housman’s, Church Stretton.
Ludlow Church Tower – 2hrs
Park in the Castle Square or other official car parks or use the Park and Ride bus, signposted off the A49. St Lawrence’s Church is an obvious landmark with its very tall tower. The tower is often open. There is a small entry charge and a lot of steps. The view from the top is of the whole of Ludlow – and beyond. Recommended for refreshments and lunch: De Grey’s in Broad Street or the French Pantry in Tower Street, near the post office.
Ludlow from Whitcliffe Common – 2hrs
Take the B4361 out of Ludlow, crossing the River Teme by the Ludford Bridge; take the first R into Whitcliffe Road. Car park on the L or in the lay-by at the roadside. From the Common, there are very good views of Ludlow, including the Castle and the church tower, plus many rooftops and the Titterstone Clee in the distance. Return to Ludlow for refreshments where there are lots of great cafes and retaurants.
Miles and Miles of Views from Clee Hill – 2hrs
Take the A4117 from Ludlow, towards Cleobury Mortimer, passing through Clee Hill village. Ignore the car park sign and continue until, just beyond the village, there’s places to pull in on the right. There’s information about the view on a plinth. On a clear day you can see the Malvern Hills, the Cotswolds and the Black Mountains in Wales. The cafe by the cattle grid serves great food but check opening times! Otherwise eat at The Royal Oak on the way back to Ludlow – an ugly pub serving delicious food. After lunch head back towards Ludlow but take next right turn to Dhustone. This takes you to the old Quarry workings and then to the summit where you can look back towards the Shropshire Hills and also Brown Clee.
The Corvedale from Shipton – 2hrs
Turn off the B4378 (Much Wenlock to Craven Arms) into the lane, next door to Shipton Church and Hall. Park at the top in the church car park. There’s a good view from here of the Corvedale Area of Outstanding Beauty, the Brown Clee (highest point in Shropshire) and, just in sight to the west, the Titterstone Clee (with the radar golfball). Also in view is Holdgate church tower and, next door, hidden in the trees, one of the towers of Holdgate Castle, now built into a farmhouse. The Corvedale has many castle remains from the days when Welsh marauders needed to be kept at bay. Light refreshments can be found at the Stanway Fabrics cafe, in the grounds of Shipton Hall. Lunches are served (Weds to Sundays) in the Feathers at Brockton (B4378 towards Much Wenlock).