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Clun & Bury Ditches Walk, Shropshire Walks In England, UK

Clun & Bury Ditches Walk - Shropshire Walks

Clun & Bury Ditches Walk was about 7.5 miles in distance. The terrain of the route included woodland and field paths; lanes, bridleways and Forestry Commission tracks; plus there were 2 stiles to negotiate. It can be very muddy in places, especially after rain.

This relaxing walk links Clun’s 12th-century castle with the Iron Age hillfort of Bury Ditches. Clun is a beautiful and historic small town in the Clun Valley in south Shropshire, nestled in the Shropshire Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

Bury Ditches is a British Iron Age hillfort which lies between Clun and Bishop’s Castle in the Shropshire Hills. It is home to one of the best-preserved hill forts in England, dating from about 500BC. It has a well-ordered oval shape and is located on the top of the hill named Sunnyhill. Unfortunately on the occasion of our visit there was a lot of fog that restricted the views to only a few metres at the top of Sunnyhill.

Starting from Clun Castle car park, leg one headed north east through Clun by roads and lanes; then continued north east on a bridleway to reach a field. Leg two continued north east on field and woodland paths plus tracks onto a lane.

Leg three turned northwards by lane; then zigzagged south west via Bury Ditches along hill paths and tracks onto a lane. To complete the walk the fourth and final leg headed in a more southwards on lanes and roads back to Clun Castle car park.

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Clun & Bury Ditches Walk Route

The Clun & Bury Ditches Walk route was circular in an anti-clockwise direction with four legs.

Leg 1

On this first leg we started from Clun Castle car park, heading to the north east through Clun along roads and lanes; then continued north east along a bridleway to a field.

  1. From castle car park, we turned left on the B4368 to the medieval bridge.
  2. We then turned left along Church Street to cross the river over the bridge.
  3. As the road went to the right, we continue straight ahead up Buffalo Lane.
  4. At the top the road curved right to become The Square.
  5. At the road junction we turned left on Enfield Street to pass the convenience store on the left.
  6. Opposite Clun Castle entrance on the left, we turned right up Newport Street.
  7. We ignored side streets and followed the road around a left bend, signed to “Memorial Hall”.
  8. We passed the hall on the left and also the youth hostel on the right.
  9. We then took the second path on the right which is a bridleway between hedges.
  10. At a junction of paths we turned left and continued between hedges.
  11. After crossing a stream by footbridge we and ascended a sunken lane to go through a metal gate into a field.

Leg 2

Having walked about 1.25 miles to this point, the second leg continued north east along field and woodland paths plus tracks to reach a lane.

  1. Here we went across the field, following the left hand edge.
  2. In the top corner of the field we passed through a gate and continued between hedges for a short way.
  3. The hedge on the right ended and we continued beside the left hand field edge to the field corner.
  4. Here we went through a metal gate into Radnor Wood and along a bridleway path.
  5. At a fork in the path we went left and dropped to the bottom of the wood.
  6. At another fork in the path we went left to pass through a metal gate into a field.
  7. Here we turned right to follow the right hand edge of the field to go through another gate into the next field.
  8. Here we went diagonally left across the field, then across a ditch and stream by footbridge to another field.
  9. We continued along the same line to the opposite field corner to pass through a gate to join a farm track.
  10. Turning right along the track to a farm, we crossed a stile next to a gate into the farm.
  11. We followed the track through the farmyard as signed, through three gates to pick up a track between hedges on the other side.
  12. Following the track we climbed over a stile next to a gate into field and followed the track around to the left then curved right downhill.
  13. We passed through another gate and continue to curve right downhill.
  14. Passing a property on our left we passed through another gate and joined another track.
  15. Following the track as it curved to the right, we ascended, curving left and ascending further.
  16. At the end of the track we crossed a cattle grid onto a lane.

Leg 3

Having walked about 3 miles to this point, the third leg headed north along a lane; then zigzagged south west through Bury Ditches on hill paths and tracks to reach a lane.

  1. We turned left here along the lane L and follow lane and turned left into Bury Ditches car park.
  2. In the car park we took stone path on the right, signed “Bury Ditches Walks”.
  3. We ascended the path in a south west direction, ignoring any side paths, passing through a gate into the hillfort.
  4. We then walked up through the ramparts and took the signed path on the right to the summit and toposcope.
  5. We returned to the path and turned right to continue the walk in a south west direction.
  6. Following a grass path we descended to the left to pass through a gate.
  7. We then followed the path round to the right to a path junction.
  8. Here we turned left along the Shropshire Way.
  9. We ignored side tracks and descended to a track junction.
  10. Here we turned right along a track to continue ahead on the Shropshire Way.
  11. We ignored any side tracks until we forked left along a path, just before a right hand curve, to continue on the Shropshire Way.
  12. We descended through trees, over a crossing track and around a gate.
  13. Continuing ahead on the track between hedges we entered more open ground but still between hedges.
  14. After passing a barrier gate we continued ahead, ignoring any side turnings to descend and then curve right to where the track becomes a Tarmac lane.

Leg 4

Having walked about 5.5 miles to this point, the fourth and final leg headed in a more southwards direction along lanes and roads back to Clun Castle car park.

  1. We followed this lane, ignoring a right side track to go between buildings at Guilden Down.
  2. At a junction we turned left to go gently downhill.
  3. We continued to follow the lane until we passed the bridleway on the left that we had taken earlier on the walk.
  4. We continued to the end of Newport Street, opposite Clun Castle entrance ahead.
  5. Here we turned left on Enfield Street to reach the convenience store on the right.
  6. We then turned right at a junction along The Square which curved left into Buffalo Lane.
  7. We went down the lane and at the junction turned right across the bridge on Church Street.
  8. Finally we turned right on the B4368 and right back into the castle car park.

When Done & With Whom

I did this hike with my partner Anne whilst on a Shropshire hiking weekend during February 2011. We drove from our holiday accommodation in Lydbury North, just south east of Bishop’s Castle, Shropshire to Clun Castle car park, on the B4368 near the bridge at grid reference SO299807, which was also the start location of the hike.

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