Month: October 2020

Location

Bishop’s Castle is 20 miles south of Shrewsbury and 10 miles north of Ludlow.

The nearest railway station is Craven Arms. There is not a bus service between Craven Arms and Bishop’s Castle.

A pre-bookable taxi is available from Ivor Davies 07866 444422. Alternatively, Shrewsbury has buses from the bus station a short walk from the rail station. Contact Shropshire Traveline 0870 6082608.

The Route

The route is divided into five sections each approximately 12 miles long.

Section 1 – Castle to Church

Start from the centre of Bishop’s Castle walk along the Kerry Ridgeway, through the Edenhope Valley, Offa’s Dyke and on to Mainstone church.

Section 2 – Church to Castle

Continue along Offa’s Dyke and the spectacular Cefn’s Ridge. Drop down to Clun and visit this lovely town with it’s Norman castle, church and interesting houses. Then climb again over the ridge to Hopton Castle, and Three Ashes.

Section 3 – The Quietest Place

Climb over Clunbury Hill and down to Aston-on-Clun, famous for its Arbor tree.Then over Hopesay Common to Plowden station, once part of the Bishop’s Castle Railway, and onwards to Asterton

Section 4 – In High Places

Up onto the Long Mynd past the Midland Gliding Club with gliders and paragliders; then down to Bridges and across to the rocky Stiperstones and The Bog lead mines.

Section 5 – The Last Leg

Walk across Stapely Common to the ancient stones of Mitchell’s Fold, over Corndon Hill and Roundton Hill and into the Camlad valley before the final stretch through Saddlers Little wood and return to Bishop’s Castle.

We recommend that you use the guide booklet in conjunction with the Explorer maps, 216, 217 and 201

Walks with a Leader

Catherine Murphy brings her experience of living and working in the Shropshire Hills, for 30 years, to the exploration of this countryside. She has gradually developed an interest and qualifications in leading walking holidays and has gained experience in Britain, Europe and of course south Shropshire.

Three women from the Market Drayton Ramblers were awarded their bc ring badges on 19 January. They were the first group to complete the 60 miles circuit over 5 days of walking, in 2008.


Diane Miller, Dorothy Camden and Marlene Farrington used local walk guides to complete this exploration of the hills and valleys around Bishop’s Castle. ‘ We really enjoyed the constantly changing scenes and snippets of local information throughout the days’ says Diane ‘ and whenever we needed a rest, we could look back on all the beautiful landscape we had travelled’

The picture here shows Catherine Murphy, on behalf of the Bishop’s Castle Walking Festival group, presenting the cloth badges to Dorothy, Diane and Marlene before they set off on another walk in the Church Stretton Hills. A fourth member of this women’s group, Hillary Howell, was not able to join the group presentation.

These 12 mile walks have the joy of quality landscapes in the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Transport costs will depend on numbers and the guiding costs will be £10 per day per person.

If you would like to book a guide for these walks or are interested in a personalized trip contact Catherine Murphy on 01588 638795 or email to discuss the options available.

Welcome Message

The bc ring is a brand new 61 mile (100km), long distance footpath around the historic market town of Bishop’s Castle, Shropshire. Bishop’s Castle is in the heart of a beautiful walking area of the Shropshire Hills, bordering an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, between Ludlow and Shrewsbury.

We look forward to welcoming you to an area that holds a special magic and brings people back time and time again

The walk is divided into five sections of around twelve miles each, so there is no need to carry a heavy rucksack. You can stay in Bishop’s Castle area and be dropped off at your starting point and collected from your finishing point each day.

More about BC RING FOOTPATH


The bc ring is a brand new 61 mile (100km), long distance footpath around the historic market town of Bishop’s Castle, Shropshire. Bishop’s Castle is in the heart of a beautiful walking area of the Shropshire Hills, bordering an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, between Ludlow and Shrewsbury.

We look forward to welcoming you to an area that holds a special magic and brings people back time and time again

The walk is divided into five sections of around twelve miles each, so there is no need to carry a heavy rucksack. You can stay in Bishop’s Castle area and be dropped off at your starting point and collected from your finishing point each day