Caer Caradoc from Church Stretton, via Three Fingers Rock

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The walk starts in the picturesque town of Church Stretton, nestling deep in the Shropshire Hills below the Long Mynd. On the opposite side of the valley from the Long Mynd is a row of hills, the highest and most distinctive of which is Caer Caradoc.

Once home to an Iron Age hill-fort, Caer Caradoc is a popular destination for walkers, but you will find that most take the gentler route, up the back of the hill. No such luxury for us, though. We take the harder option and climb steeply up to the ridge from the Church Stretton end of the hill. Whilst this is undeniably much tougher, it has a number of advantages. Firstly, we avoid the crowds. Secondly, we walk the full length of the hill, so the views are with us all the way. Lastly, it gives us the opportunity to visit the unusual rock formation Three Fingers Rock.

Once at the very summit of Caer Caradoc, the views in all directions are awesome, taking in the Shropshire Plains to the north, the Long Mynd to the west and Hope Bowdler Hill (with Wenlock Edge beyond) to the east.

Walk 3691 is a longer version of this walk, returning via Hope Bowdler Hill.

Dog-walkers please note the possible presence of sheep and a couple of dog-unfriendly stiles.

England - Central England - Shropshire - Shropshire Hills

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Birds, Cafe, Food Shop, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Public Transport

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