Range Walking Club
Sunday 14th March 1993-Shropshire-Church Stretton

For this March walk on Sunday, 14th, we head south to Shropshire. Church Stretton lies just south of Shrewsbury and has the Long Mynd as the back cloth when looking westwards. Very beautiful country affording views into Mid Wales. The coach will leave school at 8.00 a.m. prompt and we hope to return there by 7.30 p.m. The cost of travel remains at 4.00 for adults and 2.00 for children and students (under 18 yrs.). Please complete attached slip and return with cheque (not cash) to Barbara Craine, School Office, by Thursday 4th March 1993. There will be a toilet stop en route outwards and refreshments should be available at Church Stretton at end of walks.

'A' Walk
Starting at All Stretton, an east/west traverse of the Long Mynd is made via Jonathans Rock and Robin Hoods Butts to Beechcott Hill. A walk S.W. over fields takes us to the village of Bridges, where dehydration may be quenched at the local hostelry! The return is west to southeast via Pole Bank (1600'), the high point of the ridge, and return via Cauding Mill Valley to Church Stretton. Subject to weather, good views should be gained over the Welsh borders.

Distance: 13 miles
Ascent: 2000'
Leaders: Garfield Southall and Ken Bryning

'B'+ Walk
Starting at the village of All Stretton (459954), we ascend Long Mynd by one of the several 'batches' or valleys. The Mynd itself has several areas of archaeological and historical interest, including the 'Portway', a Bronze Age ridgeway route. We follow the general direction of the Portway, southwestwards, until we reach the highest point at Pole Bank (1720'), where there should be good views all around. We then descend by another batch into the interesting village of Little Stretton. After climbing again we follow around the lower parts of Raglath Hill and descend into Church Stretton through woodland paths.

Distance: 10½ miles
Ascent: 1800'
Leaders: Glennis Poole and Dave Purdy

'B' Walk
A pleasant walk starting north of Church Stretton from the A49 near Botyle Farm. We climb steadily around the sides of Caer Caradoc Hill in the only significant climb of the walk. The descent to Cwms Cottage is gradual and from here we follow a peaceful country lane and then field paths into the attractive village of Cardington where a relaxed lunch will be taken. The route from Cardington follows field paths to the Wilderness Ridge giving fine views of Caer Caradoc. The way into Church Stretton a gentle descent passing between the impressive Three Fingers Rock and Helmeth Hill before the final approach across fields into the town centre. Be prepared in some sections to deal with sticky glutinous mud!

Distance: 8½ miles
Ascent: 950'
Leaders: Ray Webb and Mike Wood

'C' Walk
The windswept moors of the Long Mynd (1700') with a magnificent panorama of Shropshire and beyond is the reward for a steady climb from the thatched roof church in Little Stretton through Ashes Hollow, one of the loveliest valleys in the area. The climb will be taken at a slow pace but as we follow the course of the stream and have to cross it, and re-cross it in several places, boots are essential on this walk. Upon reaching the moor we walk along the Port Way, a Bronze Age track, before starting our descent via Mott's Road, making a short detour to the Light Spout Hollow waterfall before reaching the Carding Mill Valley en route to Church Stretton.

Distance: 7 miles
Ascent: 1000'
Leaders: Peter Kenna and Derek Watchorn