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Local Walk Leaflets

The Hodnet Footpath Group have produced seven leaflets outlining walks in the local area – for the benefit of residents and visitors alike.

They follow local footpaths, some ancient and others modern, or country lanes. One focuses on the historic buildings/sites in Hodnet village. Copies of the leaflets are locally available in The Post Office; Hodnet Village Stores; The Bear Hotel and the Hodnet Medical Centre. Further afield, copies can be picked up at The Castle [pub] in Bletchley and Shropshire Council’s information point in Market Drayton.

The front of each walk leaflet contains an indication of expected time, level of effort required and whether or not the route is wholly or partly ‘dog friendly’. The series of leaflets currently comprises:

  • Walk 1: Hodnet to Wollerton – The Glow Worm Trail
  • Walk 2: Hodnet North Circular – Long Lane Walk
  • Walk 3: Hodnet to Marchamley – Permissive Path Walk
  • Walk 4: Around Hodnet – The History Walk
  • Walk 5: Wollerton to Stoke Heath – Wetlands Walk
  • Walk 6: Hodnet to Fauls – Two Parishes Walk
  • Walk 7: Around Fauls – Fauls Circular Walk

A brief description of each is shown below, and of course the routes can be walked in reverse order, or started midway – the choice is yours!

Note. Most or our walks at some point involve access to/through farmers fields. Whilst we do encourage landowners/farmers to observe their legal obligations to keep paths and stiles clear, depending upon the level of use and the time of year, paths in fields containing growing crops may be difficult to navigate. Where such paths pass along the field edge, walkers are advised to minimise crop damage by trying to walk instead, where practical, in the ‘tramlines’ between crop rows; but where a field has to be crossed, walkers are advised to take the most direct [or existing trodden] path between field edges, ideally following the route shown on the leaflet maps. In the event of extreme difficulty/obstruction, please get in touch with the farmer, where known, or let us know of the problem.

If you come across nettles, brambles and bushes/trees across/overhanging stiles, etc, you can do your bit to help others who may follow by trampling them down, or by cutting/snapping them off.

 

Please click on the images of each leaflet below to download it as a PDF file.

Walk 1: Hodnet to Wollerton – The Glow Worm Trail

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This walk starts at Hodnet Social Club where there is free parking. It takes walkers along part of the former Wellington to Market Drayton railway line. It is along here late on a warm at the end of June/start of July that a colony of glow-worms can be spotted as the females display to attract mates. For those who prefer a circular walk, the route can be extended along country roads past Wollerton Old Hall, then crossing the Hodnet Bypass before returning to Hodnet via Station Road. Alternatively, with a second extension it can include Websters Lane and a walk across fields back into the village.

Further information:

Walk 2: Hodnet North Circular – Long Lane Walk

HodnetWalk2The starting place for this walk is the free car park next to the Lyon Hall. The walk sets out up Hearne Lane and then climbs higher across fields to the crest of the hill and a panoramic view of the North Shropshire countryside. Walkers can then follow Long Lane down into Wollerton; from there a path leads from the old Squirrel Inn through fields to the brick animal pound. This is close to Wollerton Old Hall and walkers now have the choice of following the old railway line back to Hodnet (as shown on the map) or following the longer route which crosses over the bypass (see Walk leaflet 1 for details).

 

 

 

Walk 3: Hodnet to Marchamley – Permissive Path Walk

HodnetWalk3Starting again at the Lyon Hall, this walk heads first through the top part of the village, before turning right at the Rocking Horse Shop and up the hill to Marchamley. About two-thirds of the way up the hill is the start of the recently opened Permissive Path which runs along the edge of the field to the outskirts of Marchamley. From this path there is an impressive view of the area towards Telford and the Wrekin. Those looking for a short walk can turn around here – the view is best seen on the way back – or continue through Marchamley and then take Long Lane, which provides a further viewpoint, to return to the Lyon Hall via fields and Hearne Lane (i.e. walking in the opposite direction to part of Walk 2).

Further information:

Walk 4: Around Hodnet – The History Walk

HodnetWalk4This walk follows no fixed route, but the leaflet identifies buildings/places of historic interest to be found in the village of Hodnet. Some of these are located in the grounds of Hodnet Hall and can only be accessed on the days the grounds are open to visitors (details on the Hall’s own website – see below). Originating in Anglo Saxon times, the village became more important with the building of a Norman castle, now just a mound obscured by trees. Today its character is enhanced by a large number of 16th & 17th century timber-framed, black and white buildings. Originally these were thatched, but now just one such roof remains. This leaflet was compiled with the help of the late Gerald Mothershaw, a local author and historian.

Further information:

Walk 5: Wollerton to Stoke Heath – Wetlands Walk

HodnetWalk5Starting at Wollerton Village Rooms, this walk visits the Wollerton Wetlands via a recently reinstated path. Access to the new path, which starts on Cow Lane, is via the “Old Yard” driveway, off Mill Road – park by the Village Room only.

When you reach the river Tern cross the footbridge and you’ll find yourself in the Wetlands – which were created when the A53 bypass was built. The paths around the Wetlands were overgrown for years [due to limited access] but at the request of Shropshire Council’s Outdoor Recreation Dept were kindly cleared by a Shropshire Probation Service work party during 2o14. You can explore the various pools and surrounds, keeping a watch for wildlife of all kinds – birds and insects abound. Otters live in the river and no doubt visit the Wetlands too. Even though it’s right by the bypass, it is a surprisingly quiet spot. Those who want a longer walk can follow the riverside path under the bypass towards Stoke Heath via Helshaw Grange.

Further information:

 Walk 6: Hodnet to Fauls – Two Parishes Walk

HodnetWalk6One of our longer walks, this route passes through varied countryside between the villages of Hodnet and Fauls.

Starting at the Lyon Hall car park, the route goes up Hearne Lane and climbs the hill to Long Lane [as per walk leaflet 2] but then crosses Long Lane and heads towards Marchamley wood and the on to Fauls.

It provides great views of the North Shropshire countryside and as you near Fauls the distant Welsh Hills – inc Briedden Hill. Fauls has a pretty Churchyard and  sits in attractive countryside. Various options are available for the return leg, which overall creates a circular walk of between 6½ and 8 miles in length.

 

 

Walk 7: Around Fauls – Fauls Circular Walk

HodnetWalk7This circular walk starts at the Holy Immanuel church in Fauls (roadside parking). On a clear day it provides views the Hawkstone and Welsh hills as well as towards Market Drayton, Loggerheads and towards North Staffs/Cheshire – where on a very clear day you can see as far as Mow Cop and the Jodrell Bank radio telescope.

It also passes by Hoarstone Lake with its wildfowl, rabbits and, maybe, an odd angler or two!

The full routes is about 5 miles long, but a short cut offers an easier 1 mile stroll.

 

 

 

For more information on the Hodnet Footpath Group and their activities please visit their page.