SJ 554 928
3 miles (4.8km)
1 hour 15 minutes
3 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.
Wilderhope Manor is off the B4371 Much Wenlock/Church Stretton Road. From the direction of Much Wenlock, as soon as you reach the village of Longville turn immediately left (it is not signposted from this direction). Drive along the narrow lane, turning left at the National Trust sign for Wilderhope Manor. Park in the car park to the left of the farm.
Walking in Shropshire
Once out of the car look for a kissing gate near an old water pump. Go through the kissing gate. Walk uphill through the first field. Keep to the right. Go through another kissing gate into the next field. Keep the hedge to your right and continue until you reach the woods. Turn right (before the woods) following a blue public footpath sign “Longville Coppice Walk”. After a short distance turn left an over a stile into the coppice (woodland), following the blue arrow to “Longville Coppice Walk”.
You walk through the coppice for around half a mile (10 minutes). It is stony underfoot.
As you are about to leave the coppice, duck under a broken wooden gate and take the fork uphill to the right. Soon you will reach a road, turn right here, following the road. As you walk along the road you see breathtaking far reaching country views. Take the first right. You will pass a heap of old tyres. Keep straight on on this road until you are nearly at Wilderhope Manor (ignoring a stile to the left). With the Manor in sight, but not quite there, turn left to go downhill on a wide green track. Over a stile and you will see a shallow stream. Turn right. You have to cross the stream by wading through it, but with walking boots you should keep dry.
Once across the stream take a path half right uphill through trees. You exit the wood into a field. Cross the first field and then the second field (the second field is uphill). You are walking towards a coppice and a stile. Climb over the stile into the wood. There is an incline through the wood for quite a while. Keep following the path until you see a public footpath sign at a junction of paths. Take the path to the right which descends, with steps to help. Over a stile and into a field. Walk straight down this first field and walk straight down the second field towards the trees at the bottom. Follow the public footpath sign, left and walk through the shallow stream.
You go uphill. At the field turn right and follow the field round, keeping the hedge on your right. At the top, turn right, go over a stile, past the farmhouse and over a stile back to the start of the walk at Wilderhope Manor.
Drive/walk to the Longville Arms Pub in the village of Longville (you can’t miss it). It is quite small, but cosy, inviting and friendly. The wine is a Chardonnay at £2.75 for a 1.75cl glass.
Lyn says: This is a lovely picturesque walk though South Shropshire countryside. If you have less time or want to make the walk less strenuous you can continue back to the manor on the wide track when you can see the manor ahead. This avoids the stream and the more strenuous hills. However the second half of the walk is well worth the effort.
Helen experienced a presence once you turn left on the wide green track. At the time she did not realise the area was haunted, but she described the presence as being like a man on horseback. When she researched it on the Internet there is a story of a ghost who haunts this area, a man on horseback! Go and see if you feel the same presence!
Enjoy these wonderful walks and take care
From Helen & Lyn of Walking & Wine!