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, a Google Earth route 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: (4.1 miles, circular, mostly tarmac, no stiles unless you choose to walk the last half mile over fields.)
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.
Western Swing: (4.3 miles, circular, off-road, lots of stiles)
This circular walk 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.
The Totterton Totter: (6.1 miles, circular, tarmac, no stiles)
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.
Bury Ditches Circular: (9.7 miles, circular, fields, forest and a bit of tarmac. Lots of stiles)

Bury Ditches is an Iron Age hill fort a couple of miles south of Bishop's Castle. Being on a hill top it has some of the best views around.

This walk leaves town along the Shrophire Way, then crosses fields to the hamlet of Acton. Beyond Acton we climb up a wooded valley onto the forested hill that holds the fort.

We return down a quiet lane to Brockton, then across fields to Colebatch, before returning to 'BC' on the Shropshire Way again.

To Clun, via Bury Ditches: (7.8 miles, one-way, fields and tarmac, lots of stiles)

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 1.1 mile circular walk, grass slopes, no stiles.)

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 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.

Four Tops: (15 minute drive then 6.3 mile circular walk, some tarmac, mostly off road, no stiles.)
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 ambitious 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, 12.9 miles, tarmac and off-road, no stiles.)

For most people this will be an all-day walk. We leave Bishop's 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.

I Found My Thrill ... On Whinberry Hill (a.k.a. Heath Mynd) (There and back, 11.5 miles, some tarmac but mostly off-road, stiles.)

Heath Mynd is the 'Marilyn' which dominates the area a couple of miles north of Bishop's Castle. It is known locally as Bent Hill or Whinberry Hill. As you would expect, the views from the top are wonderful.

This walk leaves Bishop's Castle on the Shropshire Way to Lydham, then goes over the site of the former More Castle, then cross-country to the hill itself. It takes the easier, northern route to the top.

It then comes back to town by the most direct route available.

Caer Caradoc ... The Easy Way
(Drive 30 minutes to Church Stretton then 4.1 mile circular hill walk, no stiles.)

This one is a bit of a cheat: Caer Caradoc is 14 miles away from Bishop's Castle! But it is such an excellent hill I have included it anyway.

It is a pretty big hill, but this route shows the easiest way to the top.

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