At 540m or 1770ft, Brown Clee is the highest point in Shropshire. The views on a clear day are nothing short of spectacular, extending as far as the mountains of the Brecon Beacons and Snowdonia, The Peak District, The Cotswolds and that well-known Wolverhampton landmark, Merry Hill flats.
The hike starts at nearly 1000ft, so most of the hard work is already done as we climb up through woodland & open heath on our way to the first of Brown Clee’s twin summits. On the way we’ll pass through signs of the hill’s industrial heritage, a result of turbulent volcanic activity in aeons past.
After admiring the expansive views from the top (weather permitting!) we’ll continue across open moorland, the preserve of ravens and wild horses, towards the second summit, with options to visit an Iron Age hill fort and see more signs of past industrial exploitation of this geologically rich area.
Our return route will see us descend through the landscaped parkland and forest of the Burwarton Estate, providing quite a contrast to the wilder, earlier part of the walk.
A route of approx. 8 to 10 miles (options to miss sections out for those who don’t fancy the full distance) with several long but steady climbs. Generally good paths and tracks but may be wet or muddy in places. This walk should be achievable by any active walker. Walk duration approx. 5-7 hours.
|Sun. 3rd May|
|PRICE:||£15 per person|
|MEETING PLACE:||Near Cleobury North, Bridgnorth, WV16 6TA (full details sent with booking confirmation)|
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