Brown Clee

Despite being the tallest hill in Shropshire, Brown Clee (540m/1770ft) receives a fraction of the visitors of its showier neighbours further west. Visit the Long Mynd or Stiperstones on any weekend and you’ll be sharing the well-trodden paths with plenty of other people, all out enjoying the fresh air. Perhaps it’s the lack of obvious … More Brown Clee

Walking for Wildlife!

Few of us can have failed to notice recent headlines proclaiming the ongoing loss of the UK’s flora and fauna. The State of Nature report 2019 paints a bleak picture: 15% of our species face extinction. Since 1970, 41% of species studied have declined and 133 species have already been lost from the UK. The … More Walking for Wildlife!

“Burning the candle at both ends”

Soft rush (Juncus effusus) will be familiar to many hill-goers. This unassuming, clump-forming plant is frequently overlooked and often actively avoided, growing as it does in wet places. However this wasn’t always the case: The word ‘rush’ stems from the much earlier ‘rezg’, meaning to plait, braid or weave and hints at the plant’s usefulness … More “Burning the candle at both ends”