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Much Wenlock and Perkley

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Much Wenlock and Perkley
Author: Claire, Published: 13 Apr 2017 Walk Rating:star1 Much Wenlock and Perkley Walking Guide star1 Much Wenlock and Perkley Walking Guide star1 Much Wenlock and Perkley Walking Guide star1 Much Wenlock and Perkley Walking Guide star1 Much Wenlock and Perkley Walking Guide
Shropshire, Much Wenlock
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Much Wenlock and Perkley
Length: 3 miles,  Difficulty: boot Much Wenlock and Perkley Walking Guide boot Much Wenlock and Perkley Walking Guide boot Much Wenlock and Perkley Walking Guide
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A 3 mile circular walk from the pretty town of Much Wenlock in Shropshire. The route explores the High Street with its historic buildings, before performing a loop through the surrounding countryside. After climbing through a narrow wooded gully, you will emerge into open fields with superb views of the Shropshire Hills. The long and steady descent back to the town is just as pretty, with the town nestled in the valley bottom.

The walk has several moderate climbs and descents throughout. The paths are all unmade, mostly through arable fields, and can get very muddy in winter and after periods of rain. There is one 250 metre stretch along a fast-moving road without a pavement, so take particular care of traffic here. You will need to negotiate several kissing gates plus one stile. The stile is very tall with a tight fence surround, meaning small dogs will be able to squeeze through but large dogs may need a lift over. Most of the paths are enclosed or through crop fields, but you will cross two fields that may be holding sheep. Allow 1.5 hours.

Much Wenlock is located on the A458, between Shrewsbury and Bridgnorth in Shropshire. The walk starts and finishes at the Falcons Court long-stay pay and display car park, on Bowling Green Way. The fee is 90p for 2 hours Mon-Sat and free on Sundays or Bank Holidays (correct March 2017). Approximate post code TF13 6PG.

Walk Sections

Start to St Mary's Lane
Start to St Mary's Lane

Start point: 52.5948 lat, -2.5587 long
End point: 52.5952 lat, -2.5559 long

To begin the walk, make your way to the Much Wenlock information map along the stone wall at the bottom of the car park. Turn right to reach the car park corner then turn left down the short slope to reach a junction with the High Street (with Back Lane opposite). Turn right along the High Street, passing between some beautiful examples of historic buildings.

Much Wenlock has been a market town for more than 700 years and you will see varied architecture including Medieval, Georgian and Victorian buildings. On your left you will pass the old Corn Exchange, with its beautiful stone arches. Much Wenlock is the home town of Dr William Penny Brookes, the inspiration for the modern Olympic movement. In recognition of this connection, one of the London 2012 Olympic mascots was named Wenlock.

You will come to a T-junction at the end of this road, with the Guildhall ahead to your left and the clock tower in the square on your right. Turn right here, passing Church House on your left. Just after the Raven Hotel, turn right into St Mary’s Lane (signed to Shrewsbury).

St Mary's Lane to Tree-lined Path
St Mary's Lane to Tree-lined Path

Start point: 52.5952 lat, -2.5559 long
End point: 52.5914 lat, -2.5634 long

Follow St Mary’s Lane, leading you uphill and passing the vehicle entrance for your car park on your right. Continue to the end of the road to a T-junction with the A458. Cross over (with care) diagonally left to reach a wide farm gate. Pass through this and join the wide grass track leading you gently uphill between hedgerows.

When the hedge on your left ends, continue directly ahead (with a hedge on your right and an open crop field on your left) to reach a metal kissing gate. Pass through this kissing gate to reach a T-junction with a tree-lined path.

Tree-lined Path to Perkley Farm
Tree-lined Path to Perkley Farm

Start point: 52.5914 lat, -2.5634 long
End point: 52.582 lat, -2.5633 long

Turn left to follow the path leading you uphill. Towards the top of the climb, you will emerge from the trees to reach the corner of a crop field. Keep straight ahead, following the hedgerow on your left. At the end of this first field, continue ahead between hedgerows for 50 metres, to emerge into a second crop field.

Take the path diagonally left through the centre of this crop field, leading you steadily downhill with beautiful views ahead. At the bottom of the field you will come to a junction with a farm track and a stile ahead. Do NOT cross the stile, instead turn right to join the farm track. Stay with this farm track which follows the hedge on your left for about 300 metres and then bends right towards the derelict farm buildings of Perkley Farm. A short distance before the buildings, fork right to join the grass path (with a crop field on your right and passing the buildings on your left).

Perkley Farm to Woodland
Perkley Farm to Woodland

Start point: 52.582 lat, -2.5633 long
End point: 52.587 lat, -2.5695 long

Keep ahead along this path and, when the fenced trees on your left end, go straight ahead on the path leading you downhill through the middle of the crop field. At the bottom of the slope, continue ahead climbing along the right-hand edge of this next stretch of field (with the hedge on your right). At the top you will find a handy bench, perfect for catching your breath and enjoying the glorious views behind.

Continue ahead on the enclosed path beyond the bench, and this emerges directly onto the B4378. NOTE: This road has fast-moving traffic, so take particular care for this next stretch. Turn right along the road edge, using the grass verge as much as possible. Continue for 250 metres, to a point just before the brown sign for Much Wenlock. Turn left here, through the kissing gate to enter a pasture (which may be holding sheep).

Walk diagonally right (about 2 o’clock) to reach a small metal gate, close to the far right-hand corner. Pass through this to enter a second pasture and walk diagonally right for just a few metres to the next gate. Go through the gate to enter woodland.

Woodland to End
Woodland to End

Start point: 52.587 lat, -2.5695 long
End point: 52.5949 lat, -2.5587 long

Follow the fenced path through the woodland. At the corner of the woodland, do NOT follow the woodland path turning left, instead go ahead over the stile to enter a crop field. Continue straight ahead along the right-hand field boundary (with a hedge on your right and beautiful views of Much Wenlock in the valley bottom ahead). At about 1 o’clock you will be able to see the remains of Much Wenlock windmill, sitting on the small grass hill.

At the end of the first field, continue ahead to follow the right-hand edge of this second crop field. Continue all the way to the bottom corner and turn left to follow the bottom field boundary. The bottom boundary winds ahead, eventually following a cottage garden stone wall on your right. Turn right at the end of this wall, to find an enclosed grass track. Turn right and follow the grass then gravel track to reach a T-junction with the main road.

Turn right along the pavement. When you draw level with Hazeldene on your right, swap to the left-hand raised pavement for your safety (as the right-hand pavement dwindles away). You will pass the Town Pound on your right before reaching the road junction. Keep straight ahead, passing the Gaskell Arms on your right and crossing over Smithfield Road to go ahead onto the High Street. As you reach Back Lane on your left, cross over the road to turn right up the tarmac slope which leads to the car park where the walk began.

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1 Comments for: "Much Wenlock and Perkley"

Did this walk today 1st Nov 18 with two small dogs. Only one (big) stile now, the rest are kissing gates. Road section is a bit scary but pretty short. Lovely walk with great views!

ADMIN RESPONSE: So pleased you enjoyed the walk and thank you for confirming which of the two original stiles is still remaining. We have updated the guide ready for future walkers.

By KATHYSYMONDS on 01 Nov 2018

The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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