Walk up Knolls – Long Mynd
A walk to the summit of Knolls on the southern tip of The Long Mynd.
Route Start Location: SO 3823 8757
|9.8 km||372m||2-3.5 hours|
Calculate the time using Naismith’s Rule and factor in your own pace.
Activivity Type: Moderate Walk
Summits and Places on this Route
From the start of this walk Church Stretton is just 15 minutes’ drive, plenty of eateries and drinking holes but The Kings Arms is particularly nice, especially on a summer’s day in their beer garden!
Other than some muddy sections and a stream to cross, this particular hill does not have any major hazards.
Available at – SO 3823 8757
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Walk up Knolls – Long Mynd
The Shropshire hills sit in a designated area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB). There are 50 designated tops as well as additional surrounding one that sit in a beautiful landscape of rolling hills, river valleys, farmland and quaint villages. Knolls (457m) sits on the southern tip of the heath and moorland plateau that makes up The Long Mynd, a hill spine that sits on the Western flank of Church Stretton.
Although the majority of The Long Mynd is a hugely popular area for walkers and cyclists, this lesser walked section on the Southern tip is a particularly beautiful walk that takes in part of the Shropshire Way and Jack Mytton Way. This 10km loop takes in some classic Shropshire countryside, moorland, forest and an unusually placed trig point.
Walk up Knolls – Long Mynd Route Detail
1) The car park (SO 3823 8757) sits on a small slip road climbing away from the A489 just South East of the small hamlet Plowden, there is limited parking areas on the left hand side of the track and there is also a small space for at least two vehicles on the main road below as well. From the car park take the road that eventually bares right and in a North Easterly direction. After a short distance turn right through the gate and onto the jack Mytton Way, signposted Long Mynd.
2) Follow this track round as it bares left and onto the spine of the hill eventually heading in a North Easterly direction again and keeping on the Jack Mytton / Shropshire Way. As you climb you will pass through two gates.
3) There are a few tracks here but you want to take the fainter line to your left keeping the fence to your left, eventually coming to a gate that passes through the fence and continues up hill.
4) With the fence now on your right-hand side continue along gradually gaining height up hill
5) You will see a forest in the distance, as you approach pass through the gate, now with the forest directly to your right, and the fence line also to your right. After a short while the forest eventually disappears and you will see a gate to your right (SO 4006 9019), pass through this and continue along now in an Easterly direction.
6) In the clearing to your right you will start to see the tip of this unusually placed trig point and after roughly 300 meters or so from the previous gate you will see a very light track on the right-hand side that takes you to this trig point, a great place for a snap and a bite to eat.
7) Head back onto the main path and continue along in an Easterly direction until you come to a gate, pass through and enter into the woodland, continue along for a short distance and take the next right-hand rack that opens out into a patch off slightly spooky looking felled patch area (shown as woodland on 2018 OS map), now heading in a Southerly direction.
8) Continue on in same direction eventually delving back into the forest for a short distance before coming to a ate, pass through, now opening into an open field – marked Churchmoor Hill on the map. The footpath is quite difficult to find here, but essentially continue heading in a Southerly direction and downwards into the bottom right-hand corner of the field where you will see a fence line. Follow this as it opens onto a track that heads down to a stream (marked Woolers Batch a little further up on OS MAP), traveling in a South Westerly direction.
9) Cross stream and through gate on let hand side, a small incline with forest now on your right, continue along as fence line appears on your left-hand side and eventually takes you to a gate, pass through.
10) Bare right onto track with fence line now on your left-hand side still heading in a South Westerly direction, continue along as you drop down to a track with a small pool to your right, fed by a light stream marked Mount Gutter on your OS map.
11) Continue on in the same direction as the path heads into a small patch of trees, through a gate and along, the path baring right and then sharp left through another gate and then picking up a light trail that heads right away from the more substantial track, see post marked “Public Bridleway”.
12) Continue along through open field still in a South Westerly direction, eventually passing through a gate, continue along and round before hitting another small gate. Continue along track marked by post showing “Public Bridleway”. Pass through larger gate and bare right on rack with woodland eventually on left hand side. Continue on as you eventually get back onto the Jack Mytton / Shropshire Way, taking a left onto it before snaking right and round to the bottom gate, hang left onto the road that heads back to your parked car.