Sunday, 4 November 2018 (Group: Sandwell)
Meeting time 9:00,
Start time 10:30
8 miles / 12.9 km
(Estimated finish time: 15:00)
This is a varied figure-of-eight walk in a beautiful corner of Shropshire. The main focus is on exploring the meandering River Rea valley. However, this undulating route also crosses open fields and passes through pleasant woodland. Part of the walk is along the Simon Evans Way, which is named after a local postman (and writer and broadcaster) whose 16-mile round in the 1930s inspired this long-distance footpath.
We start in the Georgian town of Cleobury Mortimer and follow the River Rea out to the east of the town, passing the attractive site of Cleobury Mill before crossing the impressive grounds of the privately-owned Mawley Hall. This 18th Century mansion has been described as one of the finest houses in England. We then walk through quiet woodland to the site of Lower Forge, a 16th Century ironworks, with its complex water management system. We return to Cleobury across open fields, with impressive views over the market town and the Shropshire countryside beyond.
Arriving back in Cleobury we will have lunch then head north towards Neen Savage for the second leg of the walk. This leg uses the Simon Evans Way to explore more of the beautiful and tranquil Rea Valley and the rolling landscapes alongside it.
After the walk, the town has several pubs and restaurants to enjoy as well as two cafes.
We always give a warm welcome to new members and members from other groups on our walks.