A Wrekin circuit from near Cluddley

An ascent of the Wrekin, near Telford, makes an excellent half day walk. This route offers good views over the Shropshire countryside. It must be noted that there are two short but steep sections of ascent onto the main ridge but the views are outstanding on a clear day and worth the effort.

Technical sheet
No. 293147
A Wrockwardine walk posted on 04/07/16 by Walking Britain. Update : 12/09/16
Calculated time Calculated time: 2h55[?]
Distance Distance : 4.27mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 1073ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 1017ft
Highest point Highest point : 1289ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 515ft
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Wrockwardine
Starting point Starting point : N 52.680062° / W 2.536332°
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Description

(D/A)The start is the car park (Grid ref. SJ638092) on the minor road leading from Cluddley (Junction 7 of the M54) to the village of Little Wenlock. After parking cross the road and take the footpath that leads southeast in front of the derelict toilet block. Climbing gently the path turns south-west to reach a junction (Grid ref. SJ637088). Bear left here and take the clear path that undulates across the south-eastern flank of the Wrekin passing through delightful mixed woodland. Reaching a major junction (Grid ref. SJ629077), keep straight ahead, ignoring the tempting path rising to the right.

(1)A short way further you reach another junction (Grid ref. SJ625074). Bear right here to continue through woodland. You are now reaching a section of the wood that has many paths and care is needed. Reaching an indistinct junction, stay with the main path bearing right past a footpath sign. This leads in about 400 metres to a broader track where you turn right.

(2)After a short distance look out for a narrow path (Grid ref. SJ617073) going right and climbing between trees. Despite being the Shropshire Way, this path is hard to spot. Assuming the path has been located, climb steeply on the narrow path to the summit of Little Hill. Sadly trees restrict the view and it is better to descend to the col and a crossing path (Grid ref. SJ620076). Go straight over here and continue the climb.

(3)It is again very steep at first but as the trees thin the gradient eases and quite soon you are able to enjoy the views over the surrounding Shropshire countryside. Ahead you will see the trig point and a brass topograph. Joining the main track, continue northeast along the main ridge past the radio mast. Some way beyond the track doubles back on itself to reach a gate. Go through the gate passing the small café on your left and descend to a path junction. Turn left and within a few minutes you will be back at the start.

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 564ft - Start: car park by Lawrence's Hill
1 : mi 1.28 - alt. 850ft - Continue ahead at junction
2 : mi 2.02 - alt. 515ft - Turn right along track
3 : mi 2.39 - alt. 705ft - Go straight over col and continue uphill
D/A : mi 4.27 - alt. 620ft - Finish: car park by Lawrence's Hill

Useful Information

The Wrekin is one of a string of volcanic hills stretching from Telford south to Church Stretton near the Long Mynd. Dominating the modern town of Telford, the hill can easily be seen from the north across the flat lands of Staffordshire, Shropshire and Cheshire. Rising quite abruptly from the surrounding countryside it is no surprise that it makes an excellent viewpoint and each year it sees many visitors at its summit. This route follows a quieter approach and provides an excellent half day excursion.

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Opinions and comments

Average

Global average : 5/5
Number of opinions : 1
Description quality : 5/5
Routemap quality : 5/5
Walk interest : 5/5


Walker
on Mon 09 Mar 2020 13:04:53 CET

Global average : 5 / 5

Date of walk : 07/03/20
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Very good

The root was well described and fairy easy to follow. The root was a little tougher than expected in places with a strong hill climb. Overall a good walk with nice views from the top.

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