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ARS Walk Saturday 12th October

5th October 2019 @ 6:06am – by Audlem Ramblers Society
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Meet Audlem car park 8.30 am to arrange car-sharing and start point.

Kate McKennan is leading the walk on Earl's Hill in Shropshire, approx 10 miles with 2900 ft of ascent:-

This is a circular walk that starts from the Pontesford Hill and Earl's Hill Nature Reserve free car park (no toilets, plenty of bushes) and immediately climbs the ancient volcanic hills; the wooded Pontesford Hill (286m) and continuing up the denuded Earl's

Hill (320m /1049ft). Here you'll find a triangulation pillar, an Iron Age Hillfort dating from 600BC and (weather permitting) magnificent 360deg far reaching views over the Shropshire Hills.

We descend Earls Hill towards Lower Farm continuing on to skirt around Lawn Hill. We walk over to the motte and baileys at Pulverbatch. We take a large anti clockwise circular walk via Wilderley Hall arriving at Church Pulverbatch, then back via the base of

Broom Hill towards Brown's Coppice and finally the base of Earl's Hill and back to the car park.

This is a 3Booter walk, recorded on the OS app at 9.94miles with a total ascent of 2900ft. with an estimated time of 4:40 hrs. It is a varied walk over fields, in woodlands, down tracks and lanes, up and down all the way with lots of views. There are stiles and gates but nothing to stop an able bodied dog.

Castle Pulverbatch has been described as one of the finest examples of a Norman motte and bailey castle in Shropshire and at round about a bit under half way through the walk is a good place to stop for lunch.

A motte with two rectangular baileys lies close to Wilderley Hall Farm, sole remnant of the medieval hamlet of Wilderley. (the motte and baileys are now fenced off for pheasants) Church Pulverbatch is a Conservation Area village

All are welcome to come on a walk but are expected to join ARS and pay the membership fee after a trial walk or two

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