19 May 2019
Walks in Shropshire
Park in Station Road, Much Wenlock. Walk towards the main road. Turn left, Sheinton Street. Walk along Sheinton Street then turn left at Bull Ring. Walk past Wenlock Abbey on your right and continue ahead up a country road. After around 5-10 minutes there is a sharp bend to the right. Do not go around the bend, instead turn left on a footpath (not the footpath straight on).
Walk on the footpath in woods then down steps, across the old railway line and up steps on the opposite side. Take the footpath left, which curves to the right. Keep the playing fields/school on your left. You go through a metal gate. There is a hillside on your right. Look for the second footpath etched into the hillside and walk up here to the windmill. Then keep the windmill on your right and look half left and head towards the kissing gate and wood.
Through the gate into the wood which will emerge at the main road. Go down some steps and cross the road (watch for traffic) to reach the metal gate on the opposite side. Go through the metal gate and along the uphill footpath.
Go through the kissing gate into and enclosed path with the hedge on the right and fence on the left. Once out of the enclosed path, follow the path keeping the hedge on your left.
When you reach the wood, take the footpath left around the wood (not straight on). The footpath takes you to fields with a steep drop right, lined with trees, with the village of Homer below. Walk along the footpath for around 20 minutes through the fields ignoring paths left. Once you reach metal gates ahead, turn left here. There is a public footpath sign on your right. You walk in an enclosed path with the hedge on your left and fence on your right.
You go into a wood for a short distance. When you exit the wood, cross the track and go straight on into another wood. Come out of the wood on to a path which takes you around the edge of the field. Follow the path into the next field. Ahead you will see a caravan park. Even in winter there are caravans there. Go through the kissing gate into the caravan park.
Go past a cottage, left and into a road. Keep a look out for a public footpath sign on your right. Turn right here and go through two gates. This is where you will see the unusual finger post (picture above). Follow the path with the houses on your left. You will see an alley to your left. Go down here which emerges into a road. Go down the futher alley on your left to the main road, Sheinton Street. Cross Sheinton Street and walk back into Station Road to the car.
You may wish to carry on on foot to the pub. If so re-trace your steps along Sheinton Street, but do not turn left at Bull Ring. Instead go straight on to the Square. Turn right at the Square and the pub is the George & Dragon on the left.
The pub is the George & Dragon. A small pub popular with walkers, locals and dogs. Very friendly atmosphere. Well worth a visit.
Lyn says: A frequent walk for us as it includes some hills, with great views, particularly from Windmill Hill.