Easy Walks In And Around Bishop's Castle

Here are some easy walks in and around Bishop’s Castle. For each walk there are route instructions, an OS map, a sketch map, and a bunch of photos. If you are visiting ‘The Castle’, why not try one of them?

(Do not be put off by the tarmac walks. They are all on quiet single track lanes. Traffic should not be an issue.)

(If you are planning to do one of these walks, you may wish to print the route whilst still at home. You cannot depend on a mobile phone signal in BC.)

Up ‘n’ Over: (1½ hours, circular, mostly tarmac)
A meander around some of the less well known spots of the town, then up hill on Welsh Street for half an hour, then back down Kerry Lane. An easy walk. You will not get lost and you will not get muddy. Ideal for after dinner, or, maybe, before breakfast.
The Totterton Totter: (2½ hours, circular, tarmac)
Lovely countryside on this walk. Leave the north of town, up past the horse training track then on to the hamlet of Totterton. Back into town by Stank Lane and ‘Frenchman’s Mile’. Again, an easy route to follow and no mud.
To Clun, via Bury Ditches: (3½ hours, one-way, fields and tarmac)

This walk goes from BC to the beautiful town of Clun via one of the local highlights: the Bury Ditches Iron Age hill fort. Some of the best views around are from the fort.

It starts on the Shropshire Way then cuts across fields. A quiet lane takes you up to the fort. You then walk through forest then down the lane into Clun.

If you are keen and fit, you could walk back again. If not you will need to leave a car at the other end, else arrange return transport in advance. There are no buses and virtually no taxis.

Roundton Hill: (15 minutes drive then 1 hour circular walk. Grass slopes)

This one is a bit different in that I am assuming that you will drive to the hill, walk up and down it, then drive back into town. Feel free to walk all the way way if you choose.

Roundton hill is the ‘lumpy’ looking one overlooking Churchstoke. I am sure you will have seen it on your travels.

Like Bury Ditches, Roundton also has Iron Age earthworks on top, but the main reason to go is the view out over Montgomery and into Wales – it is lovely. It’s nice to do this walk in the evening.

Western Swing: (2 hours, circular, off-road)
This circular walks swings in a loop around the western side of BC. It is almost entirely ‘off road’. The good news is that this means the views are lovely. The bad news is that, if it has been wet, it can be muddy in places. So take appropriate foot gear.
Four Tops: (15 minute drive then 5 hour circular walk. Some tarmac, mostly off road)
This walk takes in the four named hills north of Churchstoke: Todleth, Lan Fawr, Corndon and Roundton. I assume that you will drive to and from the start. This is a more abitious walk. You get up high, so the views are splendid, but a bit more effort is required.
Take it to the Bridge(s): Bishop’s Castle to The Bridges via The Long Mynd (One way, 6 hours, Tarmac and off-road)

For most people this will be an all-day walk. We leave Bishops Castle and walk quiet lanes to Plowden. A five minute section on an A-road then takes us to the southern tip of the mynd. (I have chosen this route as it is the gentlest way up the mynd I know – a long, moderate slope instead of a shorter steeper one.) We then walk most of the length of the mynd, past the gliding club, to Pole Bank – the highest point. From there it is downhill through absolutely beautiful countryside to the Bridges pub: the ‘tap house’ of the Three Tuns brewery.

Note that you must pre-arrange your transport home. In summer you might get the Shuttle bus, otherwise leave a car there in advance or pre-arrange a lift.

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