The walks in this book have been chosen with the aim of exploring South Shropshire’s past, with each walk passing or visiting features about which some background information is given. These include churches, chapels, castles and castle sites, dykes, tumuli, stone circles, hillforts, sites of deserted villages, medieval houses, stately homes, drovers’ roads, inns, mills, the Severn Valley Railway and industrial remains. Some of the sites can only be reached on foot.
The walks have also been chosen to provide routes in a range of country-side. Some walks follow river valleys whilst others clamber to the tops of the highest hills to view prehistoric sites and remains of industrial working, but many more wander through and across the rolling hills. Some include a partial exploration of the area’s towns.
The walks range from 3½ to 9½ miles in length, with the majority being between 4 and 7½ miles. Each walk has a sketch map and detailed directions, together with background information about features en route. Not only is this a book of walks, but also a companion to and celebration of South Shropshire.
Andy Johnson has lived in Herefordshire for over 30 years, Karen for over 10. Both are keen proponents of travel on foot, and they walked from Herefordshire to Rome in 2008. The total length of the walks in this book when walked twice, which they have done in order to check the conditions for both summer and winter walking, is roughly the equivalent of walking from Seville to Santiago de Compostela – which happens to be a journey they undertook in 2014.
Paperback with flaps | 272 pages | 148 x 210 mm | 2019
400 colour photographs, 27 maps