Guide Book PDF - Shropshire Walking

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Guide Book PDF - Shropshire Walking

Route 14The Stiperstonesto Exfords GreenBlakemoorgateWhen you get to Blakemoorgate makesure to take the short detour to seethe miners’ cottages. In the late 1800ssmall settlements of squatters beganto appear on the hills around thelead mines. The ones here have beenrenovated and show so well what lifefor these miners would have been like.A stone built cottage with a gardenroot store and a byre for their pigs andcows. It must have been a bleak life inwinter so high on the hill.Snailbeach Lead MineThis carefully restored lead minewas the biggest in Shropshire and issaid to have produced the highestamount of lead per acre of any mine inEurope. But all the noise and bustle isin the past, the now still buildings andmachinery show so well what it waslike in its heyday before its run downand closure in 1955.Illustration of CooksCottage, BlakemoorgateThere are nearly 2000 years of mininghistory to be found here.To run the mine there were collieriesin Pontesbury and a railway line toMinsterley and at one stage an aerialropeway carrying coal and ore overthe hills.The hills and natureIt’s not all industrial past to see, youwill walk the wonderful Lordshill,through Poles Coppice nature reserveand around Earl’s Hill with its Iron Agefort. Here the wildlife abounds. Thereare ancient oak woodlands thick withwild plants and orchids abound in theold quarries. If you have the time andenergy walk up to the Iron Age forton Earl’s Hill, it’s worth it. To the norththere is no higher land for a many amile and the views over the flood plainof the River Severn are spectacular.Walking from Shepherd’s Rock onthe Stiperstones to Exfords Greenwill show you to some of the bestpreserved remains of Shropshire’smining heritage.Think of what the hills would havebeen like in days gone by. All theway along the ridge would havebeen smoke belching chimneys ofthe boiler houses used to power themines. They ran the pumps to keepthe mines dry, ran the ore crushersand powered the wheels that loweredthe miners deep into the ground.And not just in recent times, theyhave been mining here since theRomans arrived and there is proof.In 1796 they found a Roman ingot atSnailbeach that weighed 193 lb andwas engraved with the name of theEmperor Hadrian. Now it’s different,all is quiet and the ridge aboundswith nature.Discover ShropshireThis project has been supportedby Advantage West Midlands’Natural Assets Programme inpartnership with Natural England.The Devil’s Chair,StiperstonesDesigned by MA Creative • www.macreative.co.uk


A488Bayston HillThe Stiperstones ridge0 KILOMETRES1 2Discover ShropshirePontesburyPontesfordPlealyAscottLongdenAnnscroftRoute 14Great LythOld CoppiceLyth HillCountry Park0 MILES1/21A488MinsterleyPolesgatePontesfordHillEarlsHillWrentnallLongdenCommonROUTE 15ExfordsGreenStapletonDIFFICULTY: Often uneven and undulatingwoodland paths and stony tracks.Some steep sectionsSnailbeachPerkins BeachHabberleyLawn HillWrentnallChurch PulverbatchPulverbatch16 kilometre sectionFor a more detailed map directionsand information A49 visit:www.shropshirewalking.co.ukShropshire Way Footpaths BridlewaysMinesVisitor Information CentreCaféPlace of WorshipMuseumPublic HouseCar ParkingSheppen FieldsToiletsShopsNature ReserveCountry ParkCastleFisheryWalking routesCamping/CaravanStiperstonesPerkins BeachROUTE 1StiperstonesNational Nature ReserveThresholdsPicklescottRoute Profile500m400mSmethcott300m200m100mKilometres 2Open Access Areas4 6 8ROUTE 8BetchcottMiles 1 2 Leebotwood3 4 5 6 7 8 9WoolstastonYou are not permitted to copy, sub-licence, distribute or sell any of this Stitt data to third parties in any form. © Crown copyright and database rights 2012 Ordnance Survey 100049049Woodland10 12 14 16

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