Stiperstones Ridge is a 4.8 kilometer loop trail located near Church Stretton, Shropshire, England that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and bird watching.

DISTANCE
4.8 km
ELEVATION GAIN
164 m
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

hiking

trail running

walking

bird watching

views

wild flowers

wildlife

A circular walk taking in Stiperstones Ridge in Shropshire, a quartzite ridge formed around 500 million years ago. The walk is a must if you are in the area on a clear day, revealing spectacular geology, impressive panoramic views, wildlife-rich upper heathland and a wealth of myths and legends. The walk up to the ridge is a decent, fairly steep climb and the ridge-top path is awkward terrain being an uneven rocky surface that will test the strength of your ankles. However if you are fit enough, it's worth the effort to get up close to the quartzite tors and for the amazing view. The top of the ridge is very exposed so please do not attempt the walk in fog and make sure you wear appropriate clothing. There are no stiles on route, just a few single gates. Dogs are welcome within the Stiperstones National Nature Reserve but must be kept on leads to protect the ground-nesting birds. The return path crosses two large fields that are likely to be holding cattle, so take care with dogs. (When we walked one of these fields held cows, calves and a bull; the path is well-walked and the cattle seemed relaxed with our dog - but do take the usual care). For those who can't manage the climb, there is also an all-ability wide, level and wheelchair-friendly path from the car park which still gives great views - simply follow the AllTrails map in reverse, heading there and back to Waypoint 4. Approximate time 1.5 to 2 hours.

18 days ago

it's a bit of a pull on the legs and very steep in parts and the weather can change quicker than climbing Snowdonia however...the views are very much worth it and a favourite amongst locals and tourists alike

11 days ago

hiking
Monday, February 05, 2018

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