The Shropshire Hills
Those Blue Remembered Hills
"Into my heart an air that kills from yon far country blows;
What are those blue remembered hills, what farms, what spires are those?"
A Shropshire Lad - A. E. Housman.
The Shropshire Hills is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and what hills they are. Here are just a few to get you started:-
The Stiperstones - a series of eerie jagged quartzite tors including the Devil's Chair. It is said that when the Witches gather the smell of brimstone seeps into the air.
The Long Mynd and Stretton Hills - heather clad mountains and deep valleys. Very Alpine. Iron-age Hill forts can be found on the top of many, the most notable being Caer Caradoc which the Iron-age chief Caractacus is said to be connected to.
Wenlock Edge - a 15 mile double escarpment filled with marine fossils formed when Shropshire was south of the Equator and sub tropical! Shame the climate has cooled somewhat.
Clun Forest - a high plateau, largely treeless to confuse the visitor
The Clee Hills - the highest summit south of the Pennines.
Other hills in Shropshire worth a visit include:
Nescliffe Hills - the highwayman's cave and an ancient hillfort in a wooded sandstone country park.
Grinshill - a sandstone hill overlooking the Shropshire plains
The Wrekin - Dramatic views overlooking the Roman City of Wroxeter.
To view videos on the area please take a look at these films by SMN FILM
The Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre in Craven Arms will give you the low down on all the hills and you can meet the Shropshire Mammoth as well.
Shropshire's scenery, history and legends have inspired the poetry of A.E. Housman (A Shropshire Lad) and Wilfred Owen, the novels of Mary Webb and D. H. Lawrence and the children's books by Malcolm Saville (The Lone Piners) and many others besides.
Long distance walks include the Shropshire Way, Wild Edric's Way and Offa's Dyke. Details of these, and of short circular walks in the area, are available through the local Visitor Information Centres.
For more information on South Shropshire contact Ludlow Visitor Information Centre
For more information about the rest of Shropshire, please click the link to Visit Shropshire.com