The Shropshire Way and Offa's Dyke can be reached easily from Clun as it is situated on the most imposing stretches of these long distance footpaths.
Above Newcastle Upon Clun walkers can access the ancient pre Bronze Age Kerry Ridgeway which is also a Long Distance Footpath.
Hopton Castle - site of a civil war massacre, Offa’s Dyke, the great 8th century earthwork built by King Offa of Mercia as a demarcation between Wales and England and many well preserved Iron- Age hill forts are all easily reached on foot from Clun. Bury Ditches is the best known but Caer Caradoc above Chapel Lawn has recently become access land; this little known hill fort has spectacular views down the Red Lake Valley.
Whether you want an easy 1-3 mile amble, a 4-6 mile hill walk or the challenge of a full day’s hill walking, we hope the guides that can be downloaded from this website give you a good introduction.
For a more comprehensive guide, Clun Valley & Borders 33 Favourite Walks Book
A selection of favourite walks by members of three Clun walking groups, in a peaceful and scenically beautiful part of south-west Shropshire on the Welsh border. The walks range from 2 to 14 miles and are leisurely to strenuous grade. Each walk includes brief points of interest – history, archaeology, flowers, wildlife, with more extensive information also provided. Whether you prefer to use OS maps or to rely on a detailed text – this book includes both to help experienced and relatively new walkers.
Available through many retailers in Clun, The Clun Valley, and Bishop’s Castle. For further details or to order a mail order copy please visit the Clun Walking Group website.
For more walking guides go to Shropshire Great Outdoors - http://www.shropshiresgreatoutdoors.co.uk/walking/walking-books/
|Clun Town Trail||Download|
|Chapel Lawn Hill Fort Walk||Download|
|Clun Valley Challenge Walk (17th May)||Link|
|Bishop's Castle Challenge Walk (16th Aug)|
Walking with Dogs
Although the Shropshire Hills is sheep country, most local farmers will not object to well behaved dogs on public footpaths. See ‘A Dog Walkers Guide’ by Judy Smith for more information about Shropshire walks suitable for walkers with dogs. Click here to find the book online. Always observe the Countryside Code.
Local Walking Groups
There are three very informal walking groups in Clun, groups of friends who enjoy walking together. They meet year-round on Wednesdays at Clun Memorial Hall car park (GR: SO 302811); the Clun Ramblers at 9.30am for 10/11 miles-plus walks, the Clun Peramblers at 10.00am for around 7 miles, and, on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays, the Clun Amblers/Shamblers at 10.00am for 3/4 miles.
walks in April:
Clun Ramblers-19th April with John Vose, 9.30 at Clun Memorial Hall Car Park or 10am at Rhos Fiddle Nature Reserve, OS grid ref: SO 205 857
26th April -with Peter Perslow 9.30 at Clun Memorial Hall Car Park or 10.10 am at Black Pool car park off B4361 Grid Ref SO 497 718
Bishops Castle FOOTPATH WALKING GROUP.
Walks every Wednesday and Thursday. 9.30am. Meet at Harley Jenkins Car Park, Bishop’s Castle. A walk every week, different grades – something for everyone! Come and join us ! Call Brian Wells (01588 650451) or Hazel Cribb (01588 620470) for a copy of the programme which has details of weekly walks graded as follows:
A Brisk pace, bring lunch, long
B Moderate pace, bring lunch, medium or long
C Morning walk, fairly gentle (4-6 miles)
Transport and parking
If you are using Clun as a base for a day’s walking you are asked to use the Clun Memorial Hall Car Park. Parking is free; there is ample parking and a walking information notice board.
Clun is within easy reach of excellent facilities for Mountain Biking at Hopton Woods
For walking based phone "apps" visit www.viewranger.com