Stiperstones & Snailbeach Mine

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Lowland and Hill Walks
Sep 21
2019

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No steep ascents but the path is often rocky

The rugged ridge of the Stiperstones runs for 6 miles through south Shropshire. The hills are steeped in legend and rich in human history with cairns and a bronze age burial chamber as well as a history of lead mining running from Roman times right up until the 1950s. Now, though, the area is mostly given over to nature reserve in an effort to preserve the range of important habitats and in late summer and early autumn the tors will contrast dramatically with the sea of purple heather surrounding them.

From our meeting point we'll walk up to the ridge and the rocky outcrops of Manstone Rock and the Devil's Chair. From here, at over 500m above sea level, there are fantastic views of much of Shropshire, down to Worcestershire and across into Wales.

We'll continue on to the small village of Snailbeach, once home to one of the largest lead mines in the country. Many of the former mine buildings have been preserved and there's a visitors centre with information. The mine shafts themselves are not open on the Saturday however we can explore the site on foot. Afterwards the walk takes us lower down the hillside to return to our start point for tea and homemade cake at the delightfully named Bog.

Getting there & parking

Parking at our meeting point is free (or rather donations are voluntary). If you're driving please consider offering others a lift so we don't swamp the car park.

You can, amazingly, also get to this quiet corner by public transport and it's a wonderfully scenic ride well worth a look; take the train to Church Stretton then the Shropshire Hills Shuttle bus to The Bog, arriving 10.27. We will wait for you if you're coming by bus.

Image Credits:

Compressor House and Boiler House Chimney, Snailbeach cc-by-sa/2.0 - © Stephen Richards - geograph.org.uk/p/6033321

Heather on the hillside
A yellow meadow in the Stiperstones
A rocky outcrop at the top of the Stiperstones
Snailbeach mine chimney
Heather on the hillside
A yellow meadow in the Stiperstones
A rocky outcrop at the top of the Stiperstones
Snailbeach mine chimney

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