4.35 miles (7km)
1 hour 45 minutes
One steep hill, two other hills
5 May 2019
Walks in Shropshire
Park in the car park behind the Spar or the Co-op. Walk towards the railway bridge on the pavement on the right side. Cross over at the pedestrian crossing and continue under the bridge. Take the first right into Church Street. Walk along Church Street. You will pass St Andrew’s Church on the right.
As you approach the island make sure you are on the left hand pavement. Go straight on at the island, crossing over Vicarage Drive. Keep walking along the main road for around 300 yards until you see a turning left. It is a thin, tarmacked road with a public footpath sign. After walking for around 10 minutes the road will come to two forks; take the right fork. You will reach Manor Barns, go through the gate to the right and along the footpath. At the next gate turn right.
You will reach a kissing gate. Immediately through the kissing gate take the right fork; up past the sewage works which is on your left. It may be smelly, but this is not for long.
Follow the footpath round, keeping the sewage works on your left. You will emerge on a concrete path where you turn right, leaving the sewage works behind. You will reach a metal gate and a stile, over the stile and turn left. At a junction of paths, take the one to the right. Do not cross the bridge to the left* (see alternative route, below), instead carry straight on. Follow the path, eventually you will come to a kissing gate. Go through the kissing gate. Follow the path through two more kissing gates to a road.
At the road turn left. As soon as you turn there is a bridge. Go over a bridge and turn immediately left. It looks like you are entering the property which is Evelith Mill Cottage. You are, but this is the public footpath. Go through the wooden gate (we encountered some dogs, but the owners were great and got them in). Go straight on, between two buildings. Turn right as if you are going towards someone’s garage, then turn left following the public footpath sign.
Over a stile and right up the hill. Eventually you will reach a stile into a field. There is another immediate stile. Go over this and turn left. At a farm take the right fork into a farmyard, then exit over a stile.
As you look up the hill (Lodge Hill) you will see a faint path in the grass, half right. Go up this path. At the top of the hill take a minute to take in the views, however, if there are cows in the field you may want to carry on walking.
Go over a stile and into an enclosed track with a hedge on the left and a fence on the right. Keep going straight on (ignoring any paths off). At the end of the path turn right. There is a pond on the right. Go over a stile, follow the tarmac path, then turn left on the road.
You are on Park Lane. You will pass St Andrew’s Primary School on the right. At the end of the road turn left. You are on the A464 Shifnal to Wolverhampton Road. Eventually you will return to the railway bridge.
As you walk back under the railway bridge, turn left along Victoria Road. Jaspers is on your left. It is a local, friendly pub. It can be noisy at the bar, but there is plenty of comfortable seating to find a quiet corner. There is a balcony where you can sit out in the summer.
Lyn says: *This is a local favourite walk for Shifnal residents. If you want you can shorten it by taking the bridge over the stream. Walk up the steps and through the woods to emerge at a stile and then onto Lodge Hill. Follow directions as described above. There are a range of pubs available in Shifnal which you can sample at your leisure.