Sunday, 16 November 2014

Hope Bowdler Hill

Location: Near Church Stretton, Shropshire
Height: 426 metres (1,397 ft)
Summit Type: Grassy/Rounded
Notable Summit Objects: Cairn
Range: Shropshire Hills
Hope Bowdler Hill is a good sized highpoint that rises above the village of Hope Bowdler near Church Stretton. The hill is made up of 3 individual summits, each marked by a cairn, the highest summit of the hill rises to 426 metres. A large rocky outcrop on the south western edge of the hill called the Gaer Stone just has to be scrambled up to fully appreciate all of this fine hill's features. The hill is on the lesser walked side of Church Stretton and is one of those rare hill walks you can do these days without meeting a single soul.
The views are excellent from most parts of the hill, the summit provides some fine views; to the north the main view is towards the stunning Caer Caradoc Hill, to the immediate north east is Willstone Hill, to the east you are looking across the Shropshire countryside towards Wenlock Edge and towards the Clee Hills. The south looks towards Calow Hill, the south west are the hills of Hazler Hill and Ragleth Hill and the west provides views down onto Church Stretton and towards the Long Mynd range beyond.

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