The Lawley, Walks Near Church Stretton, Shropshire Walks In England, UK
The Lawley walk was about 8 miles in distance. The terrain of this route was narrow lanes, open hill paths, farm bridleways, and some livestock could encountered on field paths. There were no stiles on this walk but there was a locked gate to climb over.
Church Stretton visitors usually walk Caer Caradoc. However, its smaller whale-shaped sibling, The Lawley, offers comparable views but is not so popular. This walk route goes the full length of The Lawley before passing through the grounds of Penkridge Hall, which is 16th-century and timber-framed. After following the old Roman road of Watling Street the route heads towards Lodge Hill and Birch Coppice.
Starting from the car park at the north eastern tip of The Lawley, leg one headed south west along the full length of the ridge path; then curved right to head north east along a bridleway path to a gate. Leg two headed north west along a track before turning north east by road to a junction.
Leg three headed east by lane, track and field paths to Frodesley Lodge. To complete the walk the fourth and final leg headed south west by forest track and bridleway path; then north west by lane to follow it north back to the car park.
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The Lawley Walk Route
The The Lawley walk route was circular in a clockwise direction with four legs.
On this first leg we started from the car park at the north east tip of The Lawley and headed south west along the full length of the ridge path; then curved right to head north east along a bridleway path to a gate.
- From the small car parking area, we took a minor path to the rear, ascending to go through a gate.
- Now on access land we walked ahead, ascending through trees.
- The path led us into the open and ascended the ridge of The Lawley, with great views to both left and right.
- Following an obvious path we walked to the summit, which was crowned with a weather vane.
- Continuing ahead on the path we descended the other side of The Lawley, steeply in places, to a few metres just before a gate at the bottom.
- Here we turned right before the gate on a path through bracken onto a bridleway which ran along the foot of The Lawley.
- We walked along the bridleway for about 700 metres until we reached a gate and signed path on the left.
Having walked about 2.25 miles to this point, the second leg headed north west along a track; then north east along a road to a road junction.
- We turned left there, climbing over the padlocked gate, just like we would with a stile.
- Descending along a track, we turned right to follow it through the private grounds of Penkridge Hall, as signed, remaining on a stone track between hedges.
- Following the track away from The Lawley, it became Tarmac near a property, just before reaching a junction with a lane.
- Here we turned right to follow an old Roman road, passing Leasowes on the left and a ford either side of it.
- After passing Green Farm on the left we reached a road junction.
Having walked about 4.25 miles to this point, the third leg headed east by lane, track and field paths to Frodesley Lodge.
- Turning right along a minor lane, signed to ‘The Lawley’, we soon forked left towards Bentley Ford Farm.
- We followed a track to reach a dwelling – the OS maps showed a path to the left of this dwelling, but we followed the main track around to the right.
- We followed the track into a farm, following waymarks diagonally left to the right of the farmhouse between buildings.
- We then veered left to continue on the track, then went right to follow a left-hand boundary through a field.
- We continued on the track which became muddy and went through two gates.
- Again we continued on the track which became grassy, to go through a gate by Park Farm.
- Here we crossed a track, then went through a gate into the field opposite.
- Crossing straight over this field, we went through another gate into the next field.
- Crossing the next field we kept to the right of telegraph poles to go through a gate in an electric fence.
- Continuing ahead across the field, we went through a gate into the next field.
- Here we veered diagonally left, crossing the field to a gate opposite the entrance to Frodesley Lodge.
Having walked about 5.5 miles to this point, the fourth and final leg turned south west along a forest track and bridleway path; then north west along a lane to follow it north back to the car park.
- Here we turned right along a track and through a gate onto a wide forest track.
- Now in Lodge Hill Woods, we turned right along the forest track, ascending gently.
- The track levelled out and we continued straight ahead through the trees, ignoring any turnings.
- Where the track turned sharp left, we forked off the track straight ahead along a permissive bridleway path.
- Continuing ahead on the path through Birch Coppice we descended to reach a lane.
- Turning right along the lane, we followed it back to the car park on the left.
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 The Lawley, Shropshire, to the north east of Church Stretton. We parked in a small car park beside the road at north eastern tip of The Lawley, at grid reference SO505990, which was also the start location of the hike.