Bishop’s Castle and Clun are excellent centres for exploring the unspoilt hill country of the area – most of it in the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.Well way marked paths go through many of the hillside and valley villages of the Rivers Clun and Upper Onny, making walking straight from the towns and villages a real pleasure. Both towns are on Shropshire Way, a short distance from the Offa’s Dyke Path, a national trail, and near the pre-bronze age Kerry Ridgeway.
The Jack Mytton Bridleway goes through Clun and near to Bishop’s Castle. The Shuttle Buses and Bishop’s Castle Dial-a-Ride make it easy to choose these linear routes as day or half day walks. (see below for details).
Bishop’s Castle and Clun are “Walkers are Welcome” towns, two of six in the Shropshire Hills, and a special effort is made to ensure public footpaths are in good order.
“Walking for Pleasure” long and short walk leaflets are available from the Town Hall Visitor Information Centre and downloadable from www.bishopscastle.co.uk/downloads/
The Bishop’s Castle Ring, (five days of walking in the area www.bcring.co.uk) and the Bishop’s Castle Challenge Walk and Round & About Walk are challenges for seasoned walkers.
Clun, a “Walkers are Welcome” town, It also has excellent walks straight from the town and “Clun Valley & borders, 33 favourite walks” is available for £5.95 locally from Caractacus on The Square, the Old Surgery Gallery and The Maltings Café on the High Street, Bright Flowers and Bridge Coffee Shop by the bridge. Or on-line from
https://sites.google.com/site/clunwalkinggroup The following walks are downloadable: The Shropshire Way – Route 2 Bishop’s Castle to Clun, Route 3 Clun to Craven Arms. Jack Mytton Way – Route 5 Plowden to Clun, Route 6 Clun to Llanfair Waterdine.
There are also 3 Clun walks leaflets available from the Town Hall Visitor Information Centre and downloadable as pdfs from the walking section of www.bishopscastle.co.uk
Other walks in the Shropshire Hills AONB area are in the “Walking with Offa” series – twelve way marked pub walks and four Days Out in the area, available as a £5 walks’ guide, free leaflets or downloadable from www.shropshirewalking.co.uk
Bishop’s Castle & Clun are ideal centres for walking group holidays offering a variety of accommodation and places to eat. See the walking section of www.bishopscastle.co.uk for details.
WALKING EVENTS & GROUPS
The biggest walking event in the area is the Bishop’s Castle Walking
Festival (www.bishopscastlewalkingfestival.co.uk) 1 – 7 days of walking in May. Long and short guided walks with experienced guides to interpret the landscape.
Bishop’s Castle Round & About Walk
A circular 22 mile walk in May from Bishop’s Castle via Clun for Leukaemia research. Shorter 13 and 9 mile routes offered.
The Clun Valley Challenge Walk
A 16 or 26 miles circular walk from Clun in May. E-mail:
Bishop’s Castle Challenge Walk
A 24 mile circular route to the west and north of Bishop’s Castle in August with 13 and 11 mile options. To raise money for the Town Hall Trust to maintain the Grade 11* listed 18th century building. www.bcchallengewalk.co.uk
Bishop’s Castle Russet Ramble
A 12 mile sponsored walk in October. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Both towns have walking groups which visitors are welcome to join
Bishop’s Castle Footpath Walking Group
Organise weekly walks throughout the year from the Harley Jenkins St. car park at 9.30 a.m. Some quite strenuous all day walks of 9 – 15 miles (A), moderate all day walks of 8 – 10 miles (B) and gentler morning walks of up to 6 miles (C). a.m.
Visitors are very welcome. Guided countryside walks available. Contact: the Tourist Information Office (01588) 630023
Easy Walks In And Around Bishop’s Castle using mainly lanes.
A local family have compiled their own favourite walks and are happy for these to be used. They haven’t been checked out by the Tourism Company so contact them if you find anything that needs changing.
Clun walking Groups are:
Clun Ramblers meet at the Memorial Hall car park. Visitors are welcome to join in. All-day walks of 10+ miles take place every Wednesday throughout the year with walks usually starting at 9.30 a.m. but times may vary between April & September
See local press for details.
Contact: Mike Starr (01547) 530179
Clun Amblers/Shamblers meet on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays throughout the year starting at 10.00 a.m. for 3 – 5 miles walks.
Contact: Wendy Lantos (01588) 640263
Clun Peramblers meet every Wednesday at 10.00 a.m. for 7-8 mile walks.
Contact: Jean Smith (01588) 640551. Details of all walks can be found at www.clun.org.uk. Sorry but no dogs on any of the Clun walks. For easier day-long parking in Clun, walkers should use the 70 space Clun Memorial Hall free car park, at GR: 302811, easing pressure on the essentially short stay Clun Bridge car park.
Bishop’s Castle and Clun Parish Paths Partnerships (P3 Groups), whose volunteers
look after the paths, extend a warm welcome to all walkers.
Bishop’s Castle Dial-a-Ride buses and volunteer car scheme can be used to help people walk the excellent linear walks in the area: The Southern Shropshire Way, recently upgraded, Offa’s Dyke Long Distance Footpath and the ancient pre Bronze Age Kerry Ridgeway.
Contact: Adrian Varcoe (01588) 638350 giving at least 24 hours’ notice. Dogs by arrangement but bus passes cannot be used.
The Long Mynd & Stiperstones Shuttle runs in a figure of 8 with the Bridges Inn at Ratlinghope at the centre. It links Church Stretton with Pontesbury and Minsterley on the Shrewsbury/Bishop’s Castle scheduled bus route. It runs from April 30 to October 2 every Saturday & Sunday & Bank Holiday Monday. Dogs by arrangement.
Bishop’s Castle to Shrewsbury scheduled bus service gives walkers access to the Stiperstones and Mitchells Fold and Corndon uplands http://www.minsterleymotors.co.uk/html/bishops_castle__shrewsbury.html