5.5 miles (8.8km)
One steep hill up, one steep hill down, otherwise fairly flat
24 November 2013
Don’t forget to:
“Seek the Sheep”
Along the walk look out for where sheep is, put your teddy there, take a photograph and email it to us so we can link it to this walk.
Park Country Garden Plant Centre, Hadnall, Near Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY4 3DH. This is signposted from the main Hadnall Road, A49.
Walking in Shropshire
Park in the car park of Country Garden Plant Centre & Tea Room. Once you get out of the car, with your back to the main road and the Garden Centre on your right, walk straight ahead down a path with the woods to your left and field to your right. Once you reach a lane turn left. At the ‘T’ Junction turn right. Keep walking along the road. You will go through a village called Yorton Heath.
At the next ‘T’ Junction turn right. You will then come to a village called Yorton. You will pass St Mary’s Church, Broughton on your left. At the next junction turn right, signposted to Clive/Grinshill. Go under the railway bridge, then turn right signposted to Grinshill. You leave behind the Railway Inn, to your left. Walk up the lane with Yorton Station on your right. Pass the farm on your left. Very soon after the farm (not more than 100 yards) there is a metal gate on your left with a public footpath sign. You can open the gate with the chain. Go across the field, keeping more to the left, heading towards a telegraph pole. Directly in front is a silver gate. Go through the gate keeping the hedge to your left. The footpath bends to the right, then soon you will see the church directly in front of you; keep walking ahead. Go through the silver gate in a little footpath enclosed with hedges. You will emerge on a road, turn right. This is Clive.
At the next ‘T’ Junction turn left, with the church on your right. Pass the church, keeping the church on your right, turn right into a path with brick walls either side. There is a sign to Clive CE School. You emerge with the school on your left. Go past a house on your left called the ‘School House’.
There is then a footpath to your right. The public footpath post says ‘Shrewsbury Ramblers Walk 9, 20 walks’. Walk up to the top of Grinshill and admire the views. There is also a beacon up there. Then walk back down the footpath to the right of the solar panels. Keep to the main path to emerge on a road with an odd looking metal gate. At the road turn right.
You reach a four way signpost on your left. Turn right here down a narrow path into a wood, the sign on the post says “Public Footpath The Shropshire Way”. (It is the right fork). It is a narrow, steep descent, but is well marked “The Shropshire Way”.
You emerge among houses on a track; go straight on. At the main road turn right. Keep on this road for around 10 minutes, past Grinshill Hall on the right. Ignore the first turn left to Hadnall. Over a little bridge, then turn left at the sandstone wall signposted to ‘Sansaw Heath, Hadnall’.
Walk to Sansaw Heath. Just in front on white cottages fork to the right, Merry Lane. Out of Sansaw Village, under the railway bridge and soon you will see you are approaching the lane near to the garden centre. Turn left back down the path to the garden centre, this time the wood on your right and the field on your left, back to the car park.
Drive to the nearby village of Hadnall to the pub. The pub is the New Inn in Hadnall. It had a real fire and was cosy and warm. The staff were pleasant. The wine gave us more of a glow. The wine was £3.10 for a 1.75cl glass. We had the Hardys Chardonnay.
Lyn says: An interesting walk thorugh varied landscapes with the climb to the top of Grinshill giving you a great view across the country as far as Wales. If you fancy tea and cakes instead of wine then the garden centre where you park does a lovely range of scones and cakes. It is also well worth a look for the wide range of rose varieties – great ideas for presents.
Enjoy these wonderful walks and take care
From Helen & Lyn of Walking & Wine!