But now it’s quiet. Visit it and find out more about what the village was like, enjoy a cup of tea and a slice of their famous “Bog Bake” cake.
Local bus company, Caradoc Coaches, operate this Shuttle route.
There are a number of Nature Reserves within easy walking distance of various Shuttle stops.
The text is also available to download here. These recordings were produced by The Dog Rose Trust and narrated by Val Littlehales and Richard Beaumond.
There are also Music Festivals, art studios and a wide range of activities to be found in this little known area.
Here you can play in the Stream, watch birds from the hide, pond dip and relax with a picnic, or you can simply use the Valley as a base for a day’s walking. There are excellent visitor facilities including a tea-room, shop and parking.
The Stiperstones ridge is a good place to view the upland landscape of the Shropshire Hills, particularly the Long Mynd to the east, and also gives extensive views towards the North Shropshire plain and the hills of Mid Wales.
If you’d like to discover more about the area, here are some useful links.
The Stiperstones is noted for its tors of quartzite. The principal ones are named as follows, from north-east to south-west:
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As you walk up, the first tower of rocks on your left is Cranberry Rock. Up a little further is the summit, Manstone Rock at 536 metres (1759ft). After Manstone Rock is The Devil’s Chair.
Take the short detour down to the Bog Centre. Once the building was the school at the heart of a thriving village. Since Roman times, and maybe before. It has been mined for its minerals, especially lead. Indeed one lead ingot bearing Roman markings and weighing 90 kilograms was found near here.
There are country pubs / inns in each valley offering a wide range of refreshments including locally sourced food and real ale.
The Stiperstones is a National Nature Reserve and Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). and is within the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is a haven for wildlife, with birds that are normally associated with upland areas present, including red grouse, Eurasian curlew, peregrine falcon and the rare ring ouzel.
“Into my heart an air that kills From yon far country blows What are these blue remembered hills What spires, what farms are those?”
If you prefer great views with no driving, map reading or parking to worry about the Shropshire Hills Shuttles run at the weekends and Bank Holiday Mondays from Easter.
This area used to be a large mining facility (once with 300 buildings), and you can park among what’s left of the ruins.
Even if you don’t wish to participate, watch the skill of the gliders, para and hang gliders from the top of The Long Mynd or hang gliding from Corndon Hill. Regular Balloon flights also take place in the area.
Ancient landscapes, old mines, and plenty of walks. The Stiperstones is a great destination for a bit of family exploring.
The Shropshire Hills is an area of outstanding natural beauty that remains undiscovered by most people in the UK.
A warm welcome awaits you at the Bog Visitor Centre, along with home-made cakes, local crafts and displays on the history of the area, the folklore, where to walk and much more. The centre is run by volunteers and based in an old school with gas lights.
Opportunities abound for walking, running and cycling in the surrounding hills and the upland plateau of the Long Mynd, above which soar gliders, para and hang gliders. There are regular flights of hot-air balloons within the area, and Paragliders also operate from Corndon Hill. With its 600 million-year old rock formations, wooded valleys and dark skies, this area is renowned by geologists, bird-watchers and astronomers alike.
Visit a local bike shop to get hold of a map to trails for Mountain Biking on the Long Mynd, or pick up a sustrans map for on-road routes which include some great climbs. You can also hire bikes locally. And look at this great video showing an afternoon bikeride on the Long Mynd.
Use the OS Map below to see the route. The markers on the map indicate the position of the items above, including car parking.
Hill walk on some stony uneven paths,stiles, gates and lanes
Also indicated is the optional route down to the Stiperstones Inn.
If you can travel at an adults pace then this walk could take about two and a half hours, though you may wish to stop and explore and travel at a more leisurely pace. You can stop off at the restored Blakemooregate cottages and get an appreciation for how families lived in this harsh landscape.
There are lots of leaflets and books describing walks in this area and there are miles of public footpaths to follow. Ask at the local Visitor Information Centres or visit Shropshire’s Great Outdoors website
Characterised by its jarring jagged rocks that pierce the sky, The Stiperstones looks a very different hill to its neighbours.
The Half Man Half Biscuit album 90 Bisodol (Crimond) contains a track entitled "Descent of the Stiperstones".
The route shown is the full walk along the top of the Stiperstones. This is the same route if you just want to walk up to the Devils Chair and back…just retrace your steps back to the car if you are not walking the length of the hill.
In 1998 a project was launched to restore the heath lands on and around the Stiperstones. This involved the felling of trees and the re-establishing of the heather and bilberry moorland. At Nipstone Rock you can see how well the work is progressing.
You can park off the main road at Snailbeach in the car park at the end of the village and walk up to the mine via the footpath opposite. There are toilets at the car park. Please pay in the honesty box.
If you want to take in an extended walk and can arrange transport at the other end of the hill, or pick up the shuttle bus (see below), then a walk along the ridge line is well worth it (shown on the map). This is one for older kids though.
At the heart of the Shropshire Hills, this picturesque market town has been a popular visitor destination since Edwardian times. It retains a variety of independent shops, traditional tea-rooms and pubs, alongside restaurants with different cuisines. This is a town with a thriving cultural life, as reflected in its musical events and festivals, plays and the largest Art Exhibition in the county.
If you want to do a one way walk across the top of the Stiperstones (The Shropshire Way) then work in the Shuttlebus timetable to your route.
Come birdwatching, explore woodland, heathland and looking at wildflowers.
You can use the post code SY5 0NL in your Sat Nav to get to the area.
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The Shropshire Way enables you to follow clearly marked paths from Long Mynd to Stiperstones.