- Shropshire Hills AONB
Geobox Protected Area
name =Shropshire Hills
category_local =Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
image_size = 243
image_caption = The Clee Hills
(L-R: Titterstone Clee Hill and Brown Clee Hill)
state = England
region = Shropshire
region_type = County
district = South Shropshire
district1 = Telford & Wrekin
district2 = Shrewsbury & Atcham
district3 = Bridgnorth
city_type = Settlements
location = West Midlands
area = 802
Brown Clee Hill
highest location =
Clee Hills, South Shropshire
highest_elevation = 540
established_label = as Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
established = 1958
management_body = Shropshire Hills AONB Partnership
Craven Arms, South Shropshire
website = [http://www.shropshirehillsaonb.co.uk www.shropshirehillssaonb.co.uk]
The Shropshire Hills area is designated as an
Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty( AONB), in the English county of Shropshire, close to its border with Wales. Designated in 1958 [http://www.shrewsbury.gov.uk/public/council/committees/cabinet/2004-03-01/aonb+-+executive+summary2.doc] , the area encompasses convert|802|km2|sqmi of land primarily in the South Shropshiredistrict. The A49 roadand Welsh Marches Railway Line bisects the area north-south, passing through or near Shrewsbury, Church Stretton, Craven Armsand Ludlow.
The Shropshire Hills, located in the
Welsh Marches, are relatively high, with the highest point in the county, Brown Clee Hill, near Ludlow, towering to a height of convert|540|m|ft|0. This gives Shropshire the 13th tallest hill per county in England. Titterstone Clee Hill, part of the Clee Hills, is of a similar height to Brown Clee, at convert|533|m|ft|0, making it the third largest hill. The Stiperstonesare the second largest in the county, at convert|536|m|ft|0, and are notable for their tors of quartzite; particularly notable are Devil's Chair (oscoor|SO368991|SO368991) and Shepherd's Rock (oscoor|SO373998|SO373998).
More accessible hills are the
Long Mynd, which covers an area of 5,436 acres (8½ square miles) and peaking at Pole Bank at a height of 516 metres (1,693 feet), is located near Church Stretton. It contains Carding Mill Valley, a popular recreational area which was developed as a honeypot to draw tourists away from the more sensitive/protected areas of the Mynd. The Wrekin(convert|407|m|ft|0), located in the far northeastern panhandleof the AONB, is an extremely popular hill with a well-used trail. Located near to Wellington, its position close to the major population centres of Shropshire, and good transport links (A5/M54) make it easy to access. Ercall Hill, a notable geological site, is located just to the north of The Wrekin.
Other prominent hills include
Corndon Hill, the summit of which is in Wales, and Lyth Hill, which is located to the south of Shrewsburynear Bayston Hill.
Towns & Villages
The largest town within the AONB is
Church Stretton(sometimes known as "Little Switzerland"), which has a population of approximately 4,000. Recently, the restrictions placed on the town by being within the AONB has halted expansion of the town and created a local housing shortage.
Development has shifted south to
Craven Arms, which is located just outside the development restriction boundaries, and is where the Shropshire Hills AONB Partnership is based. Clunis a small town of 1,000 located in the east, in the Clun Valley, and is the only other town (apart from Church Stretton) within the boundaries of the AONB. Ludlowis regionally the largest town, and is the district capital of South Shropshirewhich the Shropshire Hills are primarily within. Bishop's Castleis a small town of approximately 1,500, which is located in a niche near the Welsh border to the west.
Bucknell is a small village in the south.
Approximately 65% of the
South Shropshiredistrict is occupied by the AONB. Extremities of the AONB are located in Telford & Wrekin(primarily the The Wrekinhill), Bridgnorth and Shrewsbury & Atcham(South-Western Stiperstonesarea).
Attractions of historical interest located within or near the AONB include
Stokesay Castle(near Craven Arms), a well-preserved fortified manor house. Ludlow Castlein Ludlow was constructed in the 11th Centuryas the border strongholdof one of the Marcher Lords, Roger de Lacy.
Offa's Dyke, a massive linear earthwork, also runs through the area, and across the
Clun Valleyarea. Clun Castleis located near Clun.
Clun Forest- remote area of woodland and hills
Wyre Forest- large woodland, half of which is in Shropshire, the other half in Worcestershire
* [http://www.shropshirehillsaonb.co.uk/ Shropshire Hills AONB]
* [http://www.insectpix.net/shropshire%202.htm Photo gallery]
* [http://www.shropshiregallery.co.uk Images of Shropshire Hills on Shropshire Gallery]
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