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Discovery Walk – Northern Hills, Dales and Trails
Enjoy a special six day trail in wonderfully scenic border country of Herefordshire and South Shropshire as we take a route from Leintwardine, over the Shropshire hills and the Church Stretton area, to Clun and Knighton. Follow the Herefordshire Trail, Mortimer Trail, Shropshire Way and Offa’s Dyke Path to Ludlow, the Clee Hills, Wenlock Edge, Cardingmill Valley, the Long Mynd, Clun and Knighton. We’ll pass a panoply of historic houses, castles, hill forts and ancient monuments on a highly diverse and interesting trail with an abundance of sweeping long distance views.
Many ascents and descents: none are long or very arduous, but a fairly high level of fitness and stamina is required .
Day 1: Sat 26th May
Leintwardine to Ludlow: 11 miles; 1700 ft ascent
Initially on the Herefordshire trail, we walk below Downton Castle through a gorge noted for rare fauna and ancient woodland to reach Mortimer Forest. The trail continues through deep valleys and high vistas to the highly scenic Teme Valley as we approach Ludlow, ascending eventually along the Castle walls.
Day 2: Sun 27th May
Clee Hill village to Holdgate: 13 miles; 2150 ft ascent
Today we reach the top of all the Clee Hill range as we follow the Shropshire Way north, passing a mix of historic forts and cairns and latter day industrial relics, with outstanding views from Shropshire’s highest hills.
Day 3: Mon 28th May
Holdgate to Little Stretton 11 miles 1700 ft ascent
Following the Shropshire Way and the Jack Mytton trail we reach historic Wilderhope Manor and the prominent Silurian escarpment of Wenlock Edge. We continue on rich pasture before crossing Ragleth Hill.
Day 4: Wed 30th May
Little Stretton to Plowden: 11 miles; 1550 ft ascent
Heading north in secluded dales we reach historic Cardingmill Valley and ascend gently to the iconic Long Mynd Ridge. On a clear day we can see as far as Cader Idris in southern Snowdonia; the Malvern Hills; and, closer to hand, the sharp pinnacles of the Stiperstones. The 360deg views continue as we descend gently to the Onny river valley.
Day 5: Thurs 31st May
Plowden to Clun: 12 miles; 1700 ft ascent
Another loop on the Shropshire Way takes us to the Hopesay Hill AONB where we cross the intriguing Wild Eric’s Way. On scenic hills just north of the River Clun we walk via the massive ramparts of Bury ditches hill fort. Descending to Clun (one of AE Houseman’s ‘quietest places under the sun’), we reach its impressive Marcher castle.
Day 6: Fri 1st June
Clun to Knighton: 8 miles; 1800 ft ascent
A shorter, hilly final day mainly on the Offa’s Dyke path, passing some of its finest visible remains. We finish at the Offa's Dyke HQ in Knighton, before returning to Malvern to celebrate our achievement.
Booking is essential and is only taken for the entire walk, at a cost of £120 including transport and booking fee.
Our dedicated coach leaves Malvern Link Top free car park daily at 9.00 am prompt, returning to Malvern by approx 7.30 pm on Days 1-5 and 5 pm on Day 6
Please be aware that some coach journeys will be up to 1½ hrs.
There are occasional cafés and pubs on some stages, but please bring plenty of water and refreshments for the entire day. Boots and waterproofs are essential
The walk is classified as MODERATE, but the 6 days of continuous walking, with only one rest day, edges the classification towards HARD. It will require a fairly high level of fitness and stamina.
Meet: Coach leaves Malvern Link Top free car park, Newtown Rd. daily at 9.00 am prompt,
Grid SO 774470
Post code WR14 1PD
Walk Leader: Bob Baldwin (HR Holidays)