Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Walking on the Edge

If you are a keen walker then Wenlock Edge is an ideal place for either a gentle stroll or a longer more strenuous outing. There are waymarked trails from the National Trust car parks at Wilderhope Manor, Presthope and on the outskirts of Much Wenlock. These trails range from 1/2 mile to 2 &1/2 miles, are generally on good footpaths, offer panoramic views and an abundance of wildlife. A walks leaflet which compliments these walks is available from the tourist information centre in Much Wenlock and from a leaflet dispenser near the entrance to the car park on the outskirts of town.
If you prefer to plan your own walk then you'll need the OS Explorer 217 map, using this map it is possible to walk the length of the Edge (19 miles) by parking a car at each end. It is also possible to make an interesting circular walk, linking the Edge with the network of footpaths to the South including the Shropshire Way.
If you like to leave the car at home it is possible to travel by bus to Much Wenlock from Shrewsbury, an easy walk out of the town leads you into the woods and onto the Edge. This is an excellent way to visit the area as a walk on the Edge can be combined with a tour of the town with its interesting history, shops, tea rooms and pubs.

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