Shropshire Way 7 Wilderhope to Church Stretton
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Day 7 of the Shropshire way takes you across the limestone escarpment of Wenlock Edge. Lofty yet it never reaches 300m, and is a steady bimble across, which is most welcome if you’ve over imbibed in the Cromwell bar last night. The connections with Wilderhope Manor remain onto Wenlock Edge as a Royalist Major by the name of Thomas Smallman who lived there was chased onto the Edge by the roundheads during the English Civil War. He was surrounded and in desperation, rode his horse off the cliff rather then be captured as he was carrying some rather important despatches. His horse perished, but he survived as an apple tree cushioned his fall. He then made it on to Shrewsbury on foot to deliver them!
It is said that his ghost (and that of the horse) still haunts the place known as the Major’s Leap to this day, though why his ghost is there when he’s meant to have survived is anyone’s guess. You can end this route at Craven Arms (link) if you wanted to.
The Shropshire hills are a convenient get away if you want a hilly walk but the mountains of Snowdonia and the Lakes are too far to travel for the weekend.
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