Guide Book PDF - Shropshire Walking

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Guide Book PDF - Shropshire Walking

Ramparts of Burrow HillfortCircular Walk 4Burrow HillfortBurrow Hill CampWith over 50 to choose from, when thecounty’s archaeologist calls this hillfort ‘agem,’ you know you’re in for a treat.Why isn’t it better known? Until 2008 it wasonly accessible via a long and steep climb.Now, thanks to a permissive path from theShropshire Way its massive ramparts andditches can be enjoyed by all.This hillfort is doubly unusual. It is one ofthe few with a spring – The Burrow has two– and it has been partly excavated. Whenone of the ‘hut platforms’ was examined,the archaeologists found the gullies andpost holes of at least two circular huts.What views their inhabitants enjoyed.HopesayWatered by its brook, tucked awaybetween Wart Hill, Hopesay Hill [NationalTrust] Aston Hill and Burrow Hill, Hopesayis the perfect traditional Shropshire Hills‘eco-village’. There is nothing that jars; thisis man’s footprint at its lightest.It is a place for the walker, not the motorist,to stumble on. To judge from several largehouses with fine gardens, the Victorianprofessional classes discovered it but inour age few cars venture over the littlebridge in nearby Aston-on-Clun.The village has a special place fortimelessness. The barn door records thedaily ebb and flow of events. A purposebuilt notice board was planned until aphotograph from 1914 revealed the villagenotices had always appeared on the barn.Walk the circular walk aroundBurrow Hill Camp and you will berewarded with some of the finestviews in Shropshire.The circular route can also be linkedwith a permissive route provided by thelandowners that takes you to the veryedge of the once massive ramparts. Thenon and along ancient sunken lanes onceso busy but now abandoned by the gianthorses of bygone days. An old forgottenplough is all that is left.A sunken laneDiscover ShropshireThe church of St Mary also hunkersdown, not wishing to be obtrusive. InJanuary and February it supports a driftof snowdrops. The squat tower is of the‘Montgomeryshire dovecote’ school.Inside, the 15th century chestnut-panellednave roof surprises by the charm of itsdesign and the skill of its execution.Designed by MA Creative • www.macreative.co.uk


Discover ShropshireFor a more detailed map and informationvisit: www.shropshirewalking.co.ukCircular Walk 4DIFFICULTY: Some steep sections3 mile walkHopesayHopesayHouseBeechesHollowBankwoodStartHopesayFarmBeechesCoppiceBurrowHillfortHesterhavenHesterworthBurrowCoppice0 KILOMETRES0 MILES1 /41 /2To ClunB4368Aston-on-ClunShropshire Way Footpaths BridlewaysCircular walk Permissive PathTo Craven ArmsCaféPublic HouseToiletsPlace of WorshipWildlife ReserveCaravan/Camping SiteROUTE PROFILEVisitor AttractionsTelephone boxOpen Access areaCar ParkingDisabled access routeRailway StationFeet8006004000 Miles½11½ 22½3Crown Copyright. All rights reserved. Shropshire Council 100019801. 2009

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