7 Cleehill – Longville

Clee Hill  to Longville in the Dale 16.75 miles (26.8Km.)

From the viewpoint at 365M the route continues to climb. This area with past and current quarry operations is not pretty but look further afield and forget the immediate surrounds. Soon after setting out the view to the west includes Ludlow and beyond this the borders and hills of Wale.

Brown Clee from Titterstone & the reverse view
Brown Clee from Titterstone & the reverse view

Just north of Cleehill we meet the Shropshire Way which is a series of loops rather than the usual linear path. We join here route five, sadly it’s not a cause to celebrate because the Ordnance Survey depiction and reality do not always agree, but it does provide limited navigational assurance.

Cottage under Clee Hill

Cottage under Clee Hill

Having reached the trig point at Titterstone Clee Hill (533M) it’s time to stop and soak up another view. The mist has cleared so those hills in name only on the board below are now in view. Those celebrating Queen Victoria’s Jubilee in 1887 may not have realised that in 2010 it’s only their tall trees that enable me to pick out May Hill 35 miles to the south.

At Coldgreen we start another climb to Brown Clee Hill and eventually reach the highest point in Shropshire at Abdon Burf (540M). The GEW misses the summit but recommends a detour while the Shropshire Way has been changed to include this significant location into a loop. From here we can see the gentle slope of Wenlock Edge and beyond that our next challenge, the hills at Church Stretton.

A dash up Brown Clee Hill!

A dash up Brown Clee Hill!

On the descent I meet a couple intent on climbing to the highest point in each English county. They are at the start of the challenge and have been mislead by the finger post at the start of the path “Brown Clee Hill 2 Mins”?

Wilderhope Manor

Wilderhope Manor

Back down in the fields the next significant feature is an unspoilt Elizabethan gabled manor house, standing on the slopes of Wenlock Edge, restored by John Cadbury in 1936. Wilderhope Manor (NT) and (YHA) retains that bleak appearance unusual now with the renewed interest in formal gardens that so often overshadows the fine features of a building.

Finally dropping down into Longville in the Dale the railway enthusiast in me can’t fail to be overcome by the excellent conversion of the old station buildings.

Longville station

Longville station

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Great English Walk section 7 - the work

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