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Route No. 711
Tuesday 20 March 2018
Picklescott, Cothercott Hill,
Shropshire Way, Port Way
circuit - 7km
Shropshire Hills . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.


Map: OS Explorer 217 The Long Mynd & Wenlock Edge


The Bottle and Glass pub in Picklescott where we stayed for a couple of days walking in the Shropshire Hills
The Bottle and Glass pub in Picklescott where we stayed for a couple of days walking in the Shropshire Hills

My friend & neighbour, Jim, and I have been allowed by our wives to go on another little walking trip. This time we are staying in the village pub, "The Bottle And Glass", in the little village of Picklescott in the Shropshire Hills. At home there had been a fairly heavy fall of snow at the end of last week but it had all thawed now except for little strips shaded by the field hedges, but in the Shropshire Hill they had had a lot more snow than us and there was a good deal of drifted snow still on the hills and shaded lanes. We drove down here this morning and after some lunch at the pub we started out on a walk from the pub. We'd already had enough driving for one day. There was a link on the pub web site to details of the walk, number 16 in a series called "Walking with Offa".

Setting off from the pub car park
Setting off from the pub car park

Turning right off the lane towards The Larches
Turning right off the lane towards The Larches

This lane led us down a slope to cross a small stream and then begin climbing gently up the hillside. There was snow piled along both sides of the lane and more of it as we climbed higher up the hillside.

From the pub we turned left and walked along the road for about 50m to a crossroads of narrow lanes in the village. At the crossroads we turned right and followed the lane out of the village. About 200m from the crossroads we turned right off the lane to follow an even narrower lane.

Leaving Picklescott along the lane to the west of the village
Leaving Picklescott along the lane to the west of the village

There was more snow here as the lane began to climb
There was more snow here as the lane began to climb

Passing The Larches where the surfaced lane became an unsurfaced track
Passing The Larches where the surfaced lane became an unsurfaced track

Following the track around the hillside
Following the track around the hillside

There were some quite deep snow drifts along the track
There were some quite deep snow drifts along the track

Our turning left off the snowy track
Our turning left off the snowy track

Through the gate there was no clear path on the ground but we kept roughly parallel to the fence on our right about 50 or 60m away and made our way down the slope to a steel gate at the bottom of the slope.

After a few hundred metres we passed a property called The Larches. From here we continued along the fenced farm track now contouring around the hillside for about 750m to map ref SJ 428 005. We turned left here off the track into the field at the third signed footpath to the left.

Not this gate, it's the third one we want!
Not this gate, it's the third one we want!

There were some quite deep snow drifts along the track
There were some quite deep snow drifts along the track

Heading for the gate at the bottom of the field
Heading for the gate at the bottom of the field

Gate at the bottom of the field where we began to climb up the hillside again
Gate at the bottom of the field where we began to climb up the hillside again

Gate where we had joined the route of the Shropshire Way
Gate where we had joined the route of the Shropshire Way

Shropshire Way route along the ridge to the plantation
Shropshire Way route along the ridge to the plantation

We kept straight ahead in the field along the edge of the plantation for about 400m. The south-western part of the plantation had been felled with a few deciduous trees left around the edges. There was a fine view of the countryside ahead to the Stiperstones ridge and away to our right to Pontesford Hill.

We made our way across the field to join the route of the Shropshire Way and doubled back now climbing up the hillside again to a steel gate at map ref. SJ 425 007. We continued climbing directly up the hillside with the fence on our right across a large open field for about 600m to the corner of a forestry plantation.

Shropshire Way route along the ridge to the plantation
Shropshire Way route along the ridge to the plantation

Path along the field edge next to the plantation
Path along the field edge next to the plantation


Ahead of us , looking west, we could see the Stiperstones ridge where we plan to walk tomorrow

Following the new fence and hedge across the field
Following the new fence and hedge across the field

Crossing the field to the stile on to the road
Crossing the field to the stile on to the road

We followed this fence for about 250m from the corner of the plantation to a footpath sign and gate in the fence. Here we crossed through the gate and headed across the field to the south-western corner where there was a stile onto the lane coming up from Picklescott.

When we reached the far corner of the plantation a new fence had been erected, or to be more precise a double post & wire fence with a new hedge planted between them.

Footpath signs at the gate in the new fence
Footpath signs at the gate in the new fence

Crossing the field to the stile on to the road
Crossing the field to the stile on to the road

Stile on to the road coming up the hill from Picklescott
Stile on to the road coming up the hill from Picklescott


Turning left off the road on to the Shropshire Way route

Heaps of snow left by the snow plough
Heaps of snow left by the snow plough

This track is also the route of the ancient "Port Way". There was snow piled high by the snow ploughs along the lane and along the route of the Shropshire Way.

At the lane we turned right and walked along the lane to the route of the Shropshire Way where it crosses the road at map ref. SJ 413 995. Here we turned left off the lane to follow the route of the Shropshire Way along a fenced track.

Shropshire Way along a farm asccess track
Shropshire Way along a farm access track

Sign where the Shropshire Way forks & we turned left
Sign where the Shropshire Way forks & we turned left

Field gate half buried by a snow drift
Field gate half buried by a snow drift

Our left turn off the Shropshire Way
Our left turn off the Shropshire Way

Looking into the little valley on our right
Looking into the little valley on our right

One branch goes straight ahead and the other turns right off the track to go down Golden Valley & the valley of Darnford Brook, but we turned left off the track to follow a public footpath climbing up a grassy slope with a little valley to our right.

We followed the route of the Shropshire Way from the lane for about 1.2km along the fenced track to map ref. SO 419 985. Here there are two branches of the Shropshire Way.

Grassy slope from the Shropshire Way to the fence at the top
Grassy slope from the Shropshire Way to the fence at the top

Path around the field edge towards the bridleway
Path around the field edge towards the bridleway

The bridleway heading down the hillside towards Marcher Cottage
The bridleway heading down the hillside towards Marcher Cottage

The bridleway heading down the hillside towards Marcher Cottage
The bridleway heading down the hillside towards Marcher Cottage

After about 300m the path join a bridleway heading down the hillside. We followed the bridleway down the hillside along the edge of the fields past Marcher Cottage where an access track began.

On my Explorer map this is shown one large open field extending down the hillside ahead but if fact there are post & wire fences subdividing the field and at the top of the slope we followed the fence around the field edge.

Gate at the start of the access track at Marcher Cottage
Gate at the start of the access track at Marcher Cottage

Access track from Marcher Cottage heading down the hillside towards Picklescott
Access track from Marcher Cottage heading down the hillside towards Picklescott

Following the access track from Marcher Cottage
Following the access track from Marcher Cottage

Joining the public road into Picklescott
Joining the public road into Picklescott

Walking back into Picklescott
Walking back into Picklescott

At the crossroads in Picklescott we turned left and made our way back to the pub for our evening meal. The whole walk had been a little over 7km and it had taken us a good three hours to walk including some deep snow drifts along the way.

We continued along the access track for about 500m from Marcher Cottage to join the access track coming from Sallins Farm for its last 100m out to the public road. We turned right and walked along the public road for about 700m back into Picklescott, joining our outward route.

Joining the access road from Sallins Farm
Joining the access road from Sallins Farm

Following the road into Picklescott
Following the road into Picklescott

Turning left to the pub at the crossroads in Picklescott
Turning left to the pub at the crossroads in Picklescott

Returning to the pub in Piclescott at the end of our walk
Returning to the pub in Picklescott at the end of our walk

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