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Country & Border Life recommends the use of OS Explorer
Maps, your ideal passport to navigating the countryside. This
walk is based on OS Explorer 256 (Wrexham & Llangollen)
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Map Points of Interest
Stiperstones – north of Bishops Castle – Moderate – 6.6km / 4 miles 1. Cranberry Rock is the first outcrop you see on the ridge here.
2. Manstone Rock is topped with a trig point marking the highest
From the main car park just off the Bridges to The Bog minor road (Grid Ref: point of the Stiperstones at 536m (1,759ft).
SO 369 976), pass through the gate to take the wide, grassy track uphill. 3. The Devil’s Chair – be careful if you rest awhile here!
Ignore side paths and follow main track as it bears right, passing Cranberry 4. Look out for red grouse: the Stiperstones provide a perfect
Rock outcrop on left. The path becomes rocky and care should be taken. habitat for them.
As you reach the summit, the track meets another path. Bear right here.
Follow path, passing Manstone Rock (the highest point) on left.
Continue on this path along the top, passing the Devil’s Chair on the left.
Follow the path as it cuts between this and another smaller outcrop on the
right, before descending gently.
Where to Stay & Eat
Continue to drop down until you reach a wide crossing track. Turn left onto Nestled in the heart of the south Shropshire hills, the Stiperstones
a bridleway and descend, eventually passing a covered reservoir on the right. Inn’s the perfect hub from which to explore the Long Mynd, the
Continue over a wide crossing track to a stile. Cross this and follow the Stiperstones Ridge and surrounding countryside. This family-run
bridleway downhill. At a fork, bear right. Continue along this track until you free-house has all bases covered, with traditional ales and friendly
reach another fork with a converted chapel on your left. Bear left here and atmosphere, but beautifully refurbished en-suite rooms too. The
follow this until you reach a junction with another track. menu’s extensive, including classic pub fare, old favourites and plenty
Turn left, following this track to a large crossing track. Continue straight of vegetarian options – ideal for enjoying after a day’s rambling. And
over, passing Brook House and English Nature Offices on your left. Continue better yet, owner Lara’s a keen walker herself and always on hand to
along this track until you reach a tarmac lane. give advice on weather, routes and the best views. The Stiperstones
Turn left and follow this as it climbs gently – this is a minor road but it can Inn, Stiperstones, Shropshire. Tel: 01743 791 327.
be busy at weekends. At a fork in the lane, bear left and eventually it will www.stiperstonesinn.co.uk
bring you back to the car park on the left.
Things to see
In the nearby village of Snailbeach, is what was the biggest lead
mine in Shropshire. Although mining ceased in the 1950s, it’s thought
to date all the way back to Roman times and has one of the best
set of surface mine buildings, possibly in the country. Snailbeach,
Nr Minsterley, Shropshire. Tel: 01743 790613
http://shropshiremines.org.uk/snailbeach
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