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Church Stretton - Caer Caradoc - Hope Bowdler Hill Walk


The walk starts in the picturesque town of Church Stretton, nestling deep in the Shropshire Hills below the Long Mynd. On the opposite side of the valley from the Long Mynd are a row of hills, the highest and most distinctive of which is Caer Caradoc.

Once home to an Iron Age hill-fort, Caer Caradoc is a popular destination for walkers, but you will find that most take the gentler route, up the back of the hill. No such luxury for us, though. We take the harder option and climb steeply up to the ridge from the Church Stretton end of the hill. Whilst this is undeniably much tougher, it has a number of advantages. Firstly, we avoid the crowds. Secondly, we walk the full length of the hill, so the views are with us all the way. Lastly, it gives us the opportunity to visit the unusual rock formation Three Fingers Rock.

Once at the very summit of Caer Caradoc, look across the opposite valley and you will see our next destination - the triple peak of Hope Bowdler Hill. After a relatively easy descent of Caer Caradoc, we cross the valley to start a straightforward ascent of Hope Bowdler Hill.

Hope Bowdler Hill is a real pleasure to walk and at its end is the impressive Gaer Stone, marking the start of our descent into Church Stretton.

Walk 3692 is a shorter version of this one, leaving out Hope Bowdler Hill.

Dog-walkers please note the possible presence of sheep and many a dog-unfriendly stile.

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Much Wenlock - Wenlock Edge
Haughmond Abbey - Ebury Hill
Corndon Hill - Priest Weston - Mitchell's Fold Stone Circle
Chirk - The Aqueduct - Shropshire Union Canal - Chirk
Llangollen, Canal and Castle
Ludlow and the River Teme
Croft Castle and the Fishpool Valley
Cardington - Willstone
Craven Arms, Halford and the River Onny
Church Stretton - Caer Caradoc - Hope Bowdler Hill
Peterchurch - Hinton Cross - Hereford Trail - Peterchurch
Ebury Hill - Uffington - Haughmond Abbey
Hanwood - Weir Coppice - Hookagate - Whitley Grange
Hay-on-Wye - Wye Valley Walk - Priory Farm - Hay-on-Wye
Breidden Hills (Rodney's Pillar) and Middletown Hill
The Sandstone Trail S to N (Part 1): Whitchurch - Bickerton
Pontcysyllte Viaduct and the River Dee
The Llangollen History Trail

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