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Little Stretton, Grindle & Callow, Walks In Shropshire, England, UK

Little Stretton, Grindle & Callow, Walks In Shropshire, England, UK

Little Stretton, Grindle & Callow walk was about 2.5 miles in distance. The terrain of this route was mainly good paths with some trackless hill sections. There were two steep ascents and descents but no stiles to negotiate on this walk.

Grindle Hill at 459 metres high and Callow Hill at 411 metres high, are two of Shropshire’s not so popular hills to climb. Combining these two hills provides a good half a day trip. Walking mainly on good paths, both hills are well worth visiting as they provide great viewing points for the surrounding Shropshire Hills.

Starting from the roadside parking in Little Stretton, leg one headed north by lane; then west and north west by track uphill to a col between Grindle and Callow hills. Leg two headed west a short way by track before turning northwards uphill along a faint hill path to Grindle summit.

Leg three retraced steps back to the col between Grindle and Callow then headed south along a path uphill to Callow summit. To complete the walk the fourth and final leg descended Callow Hill east to re-join and retrace part of the first leg back to the roadside parking.

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Little Stretton, Grindle & Callow Walk Route

The Little Stretton, Grindle & Callow walk route was circular in a clockwise direction with four legs.

Leg 1

On this first leg we started from the roadside parking in Little Stretton, heading north along the lane; then turning west, then north west up a track to a col between Grindle and Callow hills.

  1. Leave the roadside parking, we walked up the lane with a brook on our left towards a campsite, passing Brook House on our right.
  2. Continuing to a ford, we crossed a bridge over the brook to walked along a gravel track, passing a cottage on our right.
  3. Just before the end of the cottage, we went left through a gate along a track rising to cross a stream at a fording point.
  4. Continuing to rise gently, we went through a second gate and headed up Small Batch Hollow with the stream on our right.
  5. We climbed with a bank on our left and the stream on the right to reach a fence corner on our left.
  6. Here we remained on the track which veered to the right and we kept Callow Ridge on our left.
  7. Continuing along the track next to Small Batch on our right, we ascended to reach a col between Grindle Hill on our right and Callow Hill on our left.

Leg 2

Having walked about 1 mile to this point, the second leg headed west a short way by track before turning northwards uphill to Grindle summit on a faint hill path.

  1. As we reached the col the ground levelled out and we continued on the track with Grindle on our right.
  2. After about 100 metres we took a faint hill path on our right, curving to the right, up and around, back towards the head of Small Batch.
  3. At times the path disappeared but we continued to ascend along sheep tracks.
  4. After a while we began to curve left, taking care not to go too far to the right as there was a steep drop on the right.
  5. We continued to rise, using sheep tracks where necessary where the path became unclear, until we reached the cairn on Grindle summit.

Leg 3

Having walked about 1.25 miles to this point, the third leg retraced steps back to the col between Grindle and Callow before turning south uphill along a hill path to Callow summit.

  1. After taking in the views we retraced our ascent route back down to the col between Grindle and Callow.
  2. At the col, we veered right and took the path uphill towards the summit of Callow Hill.
  3. We followed a path through gorse, trending left in the upper reaches where a variety of paths appeared.
  4. We kept heading for the higher ground above until we reached a small summit cairn at the top.

Leg 4

Having walked about 1.75 miles to this point, the fourth and final leg descended Callow Hill to the east to re-join the outbound first leg at the fence corner near Small Batch; then retraced the outbound first leg back to the roadside parking.

  1. From the summit we went down the trackless slopes to the east, descending the broad east ridge towards Ragleth Hill ahead of us.
  2. We stayed in the centre of the ridge as ground, as the ground to the left towards Small Batch was steep and rough.
  3. Near the bottom of the slope we wound our way through gorse and aimed for the fence corner near Small Batch to the left below us, which we encountered on the outbound first leg.
  4. On reaching a track at the bottom of the slope we went left a short way to re-join the track on our outbound first leg by the fence corner.
  5. Here we went right, going down the outbound first leg along the track to go through the gate by the stream.
  6. After crossing the stream we went through the second gate and continued ahead in front of the cottage to our left.
  7. Walking to the end of the track we crossing the brook using the bridge and went right along the lane back to the roadside parking.

When Done & With Whom

I did this hike with my partner Anne whilst on a Shropshire hiking holiday during October 2016. We drove from our holiday accommodation in Hopesay, Shropshire to the starting location of Little Stretton, Shropshire. We parked on the roadside on the lane leading to the campsite in Little Stretton, near Ragleth Inn, at grid reference SO442918, which was also the start location of the hike.

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