The Clee Hills from near Cleobury North

This Shropshire walk visits the two summits that form the Clee Hills. Abdon Burf, the more northerly of the two is the highest hill in the county. As such it offers some fine views over the surrounding countryside including the Long Mynd. The second summit visited is Clee Burf from where an extensive panorama to the south can be enjoyed.

Technical sheet
No. 293180
A Cleobury North walk posted on 04/07/16 by Walking Britain. Update : 08/09/16
Calculated time Calculated time: 3h25[?]
Distance Distance : 5.69mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 915ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 919ft
Highest point Highest point : 1752ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 981ft
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Cleobury North
Starting point Starting point : N 52.481673° / W 2.579526°
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(D/A)The start is the road side parking area alongside the lane at grid ref. SO607872 opposite the signed picnic area. Take the footpath that climbs steeply into the forest. The waymarks direct you uphill with the path crossing over two forestry access tracks to reach a further track at the top of Stanbroughs Woods (Grid ref. SO602865). The character of the woodland changes and the path crosses this track and passes through smaller trees and shrubs to reach a tarmac drive (Grid ref. SO596867) close by some ruined quarry buildings.

(1)Turn left along this drive past a pool on your left to arrive at the trig point at 540m. on Shropshire's highest hill. The views north-west and west are the best although by wandering about a little you can get a very good panorama that includes almost the full length of Wenlock Edge. Sadly the summits of Abdon Burf and Clee Burf are littered with radio masts and other modern hilltop 'junk'. However this does not in anyway detract from the view.

(2)From the trig point descend on a clear path south-west. This leads down to the Shropshire Way (Grid ref. SO591862). Turn left and follow the clear path with a fence on your right as it descends to a col between the two hills (Grid ref. SO596853). The easiest way on to Clee Burf is to follow the boundary fence keeping it to your immediate left. There are other paths and these can be confusing and some lead you away from the summit.

(3)Reaching the summit, enjoy the view and then retrace your steps back to the col. Turn right down the enclosed bridleway. After 300 metres take the signed path on your right (Grid ref. SO599854). This leads down through open hillside to a bridleway alongside Bridge Pool (Grid ref. SO609855).

(4)Turn left along the bridleway keeping straight ahead. After approximately one mile you join a lane (Grid ref. SO610869). Go straight along this lane to reach the start with your transport parked on the right.

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 1053ft - Start: road side parking alongside lane
1 : mi 1.1 - alt. 1663ft - Turn left along drive
2 : mi 1.61 - alt. 1647ft - Abdon Burf: descend southwest
3 : mi 2.94 - alt. 1660ft - Clee Burf: retrace your steps
4 : mi 4.4 - alt. 1037ft - Turn left along bridleway
D/A : mi 5.69 - alt. 1050ft - Finish: road side parking alongside lane

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Opinions and comments


Global average : 3.67/5
Number of opinions : 1
Description quality : 4/5
Routemap quality : 3/5
Walk interest : 4/5

on Mon 18 Mar 2019 09:10:53 CET

Global average : 3.67 / 5

Date of walk : 17/03/19
Description quality : Good
Routemap quality : Average
Walk interest : Good

This was a nice walk quite easy even though its high, the views at the top are really good. Sadly we had to turn back as the weather changed very quickly ( as it often does) and within 10 minutes we couldn't see a thing and we were in a blizzard so we never completed the whole walk. I do think the Long Mynd is a more pleasant walk with the views just as nice, the benefit of this walk is its a lot quieter than Long Mynd.

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