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Photographer: Brian Horisk/AdventureArt, Fife, Scotland

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The Geo-trail at Haughmond Hill offers visitors what are, quite possibly, two of the best viewpoints in Shropshire! Half-way along the path, a short detour leads to the quarry viewpoint and this involves a relatively steep gradient (18%(1:6) over a distance of 15m) on what is otherwise a very gradual uphill, on a wide, well surfaced path. The viewpoint at the end of the linear trail is stunning; however , the last 100m of the path is unsurfaced and involves another short, steep gradient to the top. Located just a few miles east of Shrewsbury, Haughmond Hill is a very popular site with the locals, offering a variety of trails as well as disabled parking, accessible toilets, refreshments and picnic areas

Surveyed by: Joe Penfold, January 2011 (Winter)
Accessibility Rating: 2More Information
Distance: 1.8 km

Public Transport: No
Car Park: No
Steps: No
Barriers: No
Toilets: No
Take the Shrewsbury to Newport road, B5062, turn right after the sign for Haughmond Abbey. After 500m, turn right again into the car park.

Haughmond Hill is located on OS Grid Reference: SJ 545 147

Path Take the Shrewsbury to Newport road, B5062, turn right after the sign for Haughmond Abbey. After 500m, turn right again into the car park. Haughmond Hill is located on OS Grid Reference: SJ 545 147

Turn Right here.

Path Turn Right here.

There are two disabled parking bays in the car park, both with three designated spaces. Parking is located at the trailheads and in close proximity to the toilets and visitor information.

Blue Badge parking bays There are two disabled parking bays in the car park, both with three designated spaces. Parking is located at the trailheads and in close proximity to the toilets and visitor information.

Follow the direction of the fingerpost for the Geo-trail.

Direction Follow the direction of the fingerpost for the Geo-trail.

There are minimal obstuctions on Haughmond Hill, and mountain bikers and horse riders are not allowed on this trail.

Path There are minimal obstuctions on Haughmond Hill, and mountain bikers and horse riders are not allowed on this trail.

Visitor information is well presented, accessible, and is located near to picnic areas.

Information Visitor information is well presented, accessible, and is located near to picnic areas.

Bear right to the start of the Geo-trail.

Direction Bear right to the start of the Geo-trail.

There is a large picnic areas next to the car park and frequent opportunities to sit and rest, before, during and after your walk!

Seat There is a large picnic areas next to the car park and frequent opportunities to sit and rest, before, during and after your walk!

Accessible toilets are located next to the picnic area. The Pinetrops Cafe is open Wednesday to Sunday 9am-3pm for hot and cold snacks.

Accessible toilets Accessible toilets are located next to the picnic area. The Pinetrops Cafe is open Wednesday to Sunday 9am-3pm for hot and cold snacks.

Bear left on to the Geo Trail.

Direction Bear left on to the Geo Trail.

The paths are at least 2 metres wide and meander naturally through the woodland.

Width The paths are at least 2 metres wide and meander naturally through the woodland.

 

Path

The camber of the path helps to shed water and means that puddling and mud is less likely, even in wet conditions.

Surface The camber of the path helps to shed water and means that puddling and mud is less likely, even in wet conditions.

The first rest area is located within about 100 metres of the start of the trail, next to a bog!

Seat The first rest area is located within about 100 metres of the start of the trail, next to a bog!

The trail runs gradually uphill, but the gradient rarely exceeds 5% (1:20)

Path The trail runs gradually uphill, but the gradient rarely exceeds 5% (1:20)

There are informal perches to sit and rest along this part of the trail.

Seat There are informal perches to sit and rest along this part of the trail.

The woodland canopy is open and the  composition of the woodland varies between conifer plantation, ancient oak and birch.

Path The woodland canopy is open and the composition of the woodland varies between conifer plantation, ancient oak and birch.

Seating areas are provided at approximately 200 metres intervals and where possoible are placed within line-of-sight.

Seat Seating areas are provided at approximately 200 metres intervals and where possoible are placed within line-of-sight.

At this point the workings in the Quarry become audible indicating that the viewpoint is nearby.

Path At this point the workings in the Quarry become audible indicating that the viewpoint is nearby.

 

Path

 

Path

 

Path

The path continues straight on, but it is well worth a short detour to the Quarry Viewpoint.

Direction The path continues straight on, but it is well worth a short detour to the Quarry Viewpoint.

Turn Right here to follow the short path up to the Quarry Viewpoint.

Direction Turn Right here to follow the short path up to the Quarry Viewpoint.

Follow the post-and-rail fencing to the Quarry Viewpoint.

Path Follow the post-and-rail fencing to the Quarry Viewpoint.

 

Path

At this point, the path surfacing deteriorates slightly and the gradient rises sharply  (a maximum of 18% (1:6) over 25 metres).

Gradient At this point, the path surfacing deteriorates slightly and the gradient rises sharply (a maximum of 18% (1:6) over 25 metres).

The viewing platform is located approximately half way along the trail and offers amazing views deep into the Quarry below! The interpretation boards are accessible and well-presented.

Viewing Platform The viewing platform is located approximately half way along the trail and offers amazing views deep into the Quarry below! The interpretation boards are accessible and well-presented.

Having taken the detour to the Quarry Viewpoint, regain the main trail and continue straight on.

Direction Having taken the detour to the Quarry Viewpoint, regain the main trail and continue straight on.

Seat

The path rises gradually throughout, but over a long distance, so the height gain is never too extreme.

Path The path rises gradually throughout, but over a long distance, so the height gain is never too extreme.

Interpretation is accessed over rough ground.

Information Interpretation is accessed over rough ground.

 

Seat

 

Path

This is the last rest area before the Viewpoint.

Seat This is the last rest area before the Viewpoint.

 

Path

A gradual uphill leads to the Viewpoint.

Path A gradual uphill leads to the Viewpoint.

Birch woodland signifies the end of the trail and the gradient begins to level off.

Path Birch woodland signifies the end of the trail and the gradient begins to level off.

Turn right here to gain the uphill to the Viewpoint.

Direction Turn right here to gain the uphill to the Viewpoint.

The final 100m to the viewpoint may challenge some visitors as a steeper gradient is involved and the path, from here, is unsurfaced (this is due to the presence of Ancient Monument on this part of the site).

Gradient The final 100m to the viewpoint may challenge some visitors as a steeper gradient is involved and the path, from here, is unsurfaced (this is due to the presence of Ancient Monument on this part of the site).

A short, yet steeper ascent to gain the viewpoint.

Gradient A short, yet steeper ascent to gain the viewpoint.

Fantastic views over south Shropshire and the Long Mynd!

View Fantastic views over south Shropshire and the Long Mynd!

View looking West. The village of Uffington and Shrewsbury in the distance.

View View looking West. The village of Uffington and Shrewsbury in the distance.

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