The Stiperstones and Blakemoor Flat from the Knolls

A short walk in the Shropshire Hills that provides some wonderful views. The Stiperstones have a rocky quartzite ridge and this provides a dramatic backdrop to the walk.

Technical sheet
No. 293284
A Ratlinghope walk posted on 04/07/16 by Walking Britain. Update : 22/07/16
Calculated time Calculated time: 2h45[?]
Distance Distance : 4.82mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 630ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 492ft
Highest point Highest point : 1716ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 1362ft
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : No
Walking Walking
Location Location : Ratlinghope
Starting point Starting point : N 52.573141° / W 2.93236°
Arrival Arrival : N 52.576087° / W 2.935079°
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(D/A) This walk starts from the Knolls Car Park (grid ref SO369976). Here an information board illustrates the geology and wildlife of the Stiperstones, an area of upland moorland, which is a National Nature Reserve and part of the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Go through the gate a follow the broad path uphill towards the outcrops on the skyline. In its early stages the path is easy underfoot but does become rockier later in the walk. After about 400 metres you can bear left off the main path to take in the first significant outcrop of the Cranberry Rock.

(1) Continuing ahead you soon reach Manstone Rock with its trig point precariously balanced on top. It is an easy scramble up to the highest point but do remember the route you took as coming down is often not so easy! Staying on the main ridge path walk north soon passing the Devil's Chair. Continue straight ahead at the next cross path (grid ref.SO371996) where the path becomes a wider track. You pass Shepherd's rock on your right as the track continues across open moorland.

(2) The track starts to descend towards Blakemoor Flat passing close to some fenced fields on your left. Reaching a junction of tracks (grid ref. SJ375008) bear right along an enclosed track. This soon leads back into open country and another junction of tracks (grid ref.SJ380011). Bear right here and contour across the side of the hill with the way ahead always clear on a wide track. Passing above Gittingshay Wood on your left, you reach a fork in the tracks (grid ref. SJ380002). Bear right and start to climb towards the main ridge again.

(3) You soon reach open country again and pass the Shepherd's Rock on your right. Reaching the track used on the outward route, bear left onto the ridge path. You are now retracing your steps past the Devil's Chair and Manstone Rock before dropping down to the car park(D/A).

Waypoints :
D : mi 0 - alt. 1391ft - The Knolls Car Park
1 : mi 0.41 - alt. 1634ft - Cranberry Rock
2 : mi 1.91 - alt. 1532ft - Start to descend
3 : mi 3.12 - alt. 1421ft - Climb towards the main ridge
A : mi 4.82 - alt. 1529ft

Useful Information

The quartzite outcrops of the Stiperstones dominate this part of Shropshire. Higher than the Long Mynd to the east, they offer superb views over the surrounding countryside including the Long Mynd, Corndon Hill and mid-Wales. The summit of the ridge is Manstone Rock (536m) and is the second highest point in Shropshire and much more rugged than its competitors.

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