The Shropshire Way is a relatively new long distance route covering 200 miles. A route of variety and interest, it leads you through the wonderful Shropshire Hills in the south of this often overlooked county. While in the north you will pass through a number of mediaeval towns and villages as well as some of the areas unique natural features.
The Shropshire Way
The Shropshire Way is a 200-mile route that forms a figure of eight around Shrewsbury, the county town of Shropshire. A relatively new long distance route, it was finalised in 2018 thanks to the work of The Shropshire Way Association. Walking mainly on footpaths, bridleways, quiet lanes, and the occasional busier roads you will discover the beautiful and varied landscape of this often overlooked part of the country.
The route has been divided into 2 loops or sections the north and the south.
The South Loop
The South Loop is the hillier of the two. It starts in Shrewsbury at the Kingsland Bridge spanning the River Severn and will lead you across the Shropshire Hills. The route will take you from the rocky crags of Stiperstones to the Clee Hills and on to Wenlock Edge. From there you will go down into Ironbridge Gorge then up over the Wrekin. Here you must stop to savour the stunning views before you descend into Wellington and back into Shrewsbury via Haughmond Hill. A walk of stunning scenery and contrast, you will pass through many interesting historic towns and villages. You will pass through Bishop’s Castle, Clun, Ludlow, Much Wenlock, Ironbridge, and Wellington not to mention Shrewsbury itself.
This southern section has a good smattering of Independent Hostels and Bunkhouses mainly within a km of the route.
The North Loop
In contrast to the hilly South Loop, the North Loop is a much flatter walk and provides yet more variety and interest. You will walk along canals and through nature reserves brimming with birdlife. The amateur botanists among you will delight in spotting rare plants as you walk.
For more information have a look at The Shropshire Way Association’s website:
While the Shropshire’s Great Outdoors website gives details of another 97 miles of routes that link to the main Shropshire Way.