Best walks in Shropshire

Climb volcanic hills, discover old ruins and visit pretty rural towns in one of England's most diverse counties

Caer Caradoc ©Getty

Geologically speaking, Shropshire is one of Britain’s most significant counties, containing 11 of the 13 recognised geological periods.

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Overlaying this ancient rock are further points of intrigue; Iron Age and Bronze Age remains, rolling wildflower meadows, rumbling rivers and characterful trees and woods.

Ludlow, Shropshire ©Getty
Ludlow, one of Shropshire’s most beautiful towns ©Getty
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Explore Shropshire by foot with our favourite county walks.

1

Linley Beeches, Shropshire

Shropshire Beeches ©Shropshire and Beyond
Shropshire Beeches ©Shropshire and Beyond

The aged beech trees that stand tall on Linley Hill in Shropshire are the jewels in an arboreal crown on this walk through a quiet corner of the Welsh Borders. Map and route.

 

2

Long Mynd, Shropshire

Church Stretton, aka Little Switzerland, in the snow, Shropshire
Church Stretton, aka Little Switzerland, in the snow ©Simon Whaley

Shropshire’s charming Long Mynd deserves its ‘Little Switzerland’ nickname. This eight mile route begins in Carding Mill Valley near Church Stretton. Map and route.

 

3

Acton Burnell, Shropshire

Acton Burrel, Shropshire ©Alamy
Acton Burrel, Shropshire ©Alamy

Step through a dark woodland in rural Shropshire and discover a hidden world of historic parliaments and a long-abandoned church on this six-mile circular walk. Map and route.

 

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Caer Caradoc Hill, Shropshire

Caer Caradoc Hill. Shropshire. England. UK ©Getty
Caer Caradoc Hill, Shropshire ©Getty

A 4.5-mile walk from Church Stretton train station to the Caer Caradoc Hill. Map and route.

 

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Church Stretton and Cow Ridge, Shropshire

Church Stretton landscape
Fields surrounding Church Stretton ©Getty

History surrounds you in this ancient pocket of Shropshire, inhabited since Saxon times. Walk its age-old tracks, root around in its cavernous antiques market and end the day at a tradition country pub. Map and route.