Corvedale Cake Walk 2020 14 mile route


Corvedale Cake Walk

Route description – 14 mile route

Stage 1 – Holdgate to Tugford

From Holdgate Church

Distance 3Km 1.8 miles

From Church car park turn right down quiet lane for 1.4Km to just before right hand turning to Broadstone. Cross stile on left. Cross 4 fields to gate onto road. Turn left following road as it bends right into village.

To visit the church at Tugford Turn left through a white metal gate to cross a small meadow – the church is usually open and it is worth walking round the outside to see the unusual tomb recesses.

Stage 2 Tugford to Munslow SO521 877

Distance 4.5Km 2.8 miles

At Broncroft Mill you join the Corvedale 3 Castles Walk and follow the waymarks (with orange castles) to Munslow

Turn left for 200m to kissing gate on right. Leave the Jack Mytton Way and follow yellow footpath waymarks across 2 fields with the Tugford Brook on your right. Enter grounds of Broncroft Mill and up driveway. At top of rise cross stile on your left – you are now on the 3 Castles Walk- and turn right. Walk parallel to driveway to road. Turn right.

You now pass Broncroft castle, a fortified manor dating to the 14th century. It is one of the few inhabited castles in Shropshire.

Cross Tugford Brook on road bridge and turn left over stile. Cross 3 fields (brook on your left). Turn right keeping hedge on your right over 6 fields. Turn right at waymark over small field to cross bridge. Turn left. In 5m drive bends sharp right. Walk past house and through gate on right. Turn left up 3 fields to stile onto road.

Cross road with great care to stile opposite. Up field to enclosed path between buildings. Turn left. In 150m keep left on road. Where road bends right leave 3 Castles Walk and stay on road to junction. Straight over to Munslow Church.

The church is usually open and has some fine 15th and 16th century stained glass, and a carved dog in the cruck frame porch.

 

Stage 3 Munslow to Eaton Church SO499 899

Distance 6.5 Km 4 miles

Follow road around church (Church on your left). Road becomes track. Follow track through 2 gates and climb with a disused quarry on the right. Track curves sharp right to gate and continues with fence on right. In 250m turn left uphill. Continue for 900m through woodland to T junction. Turn right. In 50m fork left. In 150m the track drops downhill and swings left alongside wood to a field and footpath gate. Cross field with fence on your right to driveway of Wetmore farm.

Ahead on driveway to join lane. Ahead on lane for 1.2Km to the hamlet of Middlehope. At road junction turn right uphill. At top of short rise turn right to gate at footpath sign Turn left uphill. Over stile to cross half right across field to stile. Turn left uphill. Path enters woods. Ahead and in 150m at waymark post turn right through beech trees 300m to stile and path junction. Keep left downhill. Keep straight down (despite arrow suggesting you turn left) to cleared area. Turn right and fork left at waymarked track. At open area turn left (large sign “footpath”). Emerge into field and turn right with wood on your right. Cross 2 fields and join track down to buildings. Turn right to Church.

Checkpoint Eaton Church.

Stage 6 Eaton to Wilderhope Manor

Distance 5.5Km 3.4 miles

From the church turn right to climb back into the wood on an enclosed track. You are now back on the Jack Mytton Way. Bear left on the main track and keep climbing eventually coming out of the trees at a gate onto Wenlock Edge.

Ahead crossing grass to corner of wood. Ahead with wood on your left. Follow the waymarks of the Jack Mytton Way along the top of the edge and down stony track to road. Turn left. At road junction cross onto track ahead (still on Jack Mytton Way) to continue along the edge. The track (which also has Shropshire Way signs) passes through National Trust woodland for 2.5 Km than emerges into fields before reaching a road.

Cross road and down driveway to Wilderhope Manor.

Wilderhope Manor is an Elizabethan manor belonging to the National Trust that now houses a Youth Hostel. It is not an official checkpoint but you are welcome to use the toilets, fill up your water bottle and have a rest in the garden to enjoy the views.

Stage 6 Wilderhope Manor to Holdgate SO561 896

Distance 5.5Km 3.4 miles

You could follow the well waymarked Shropshire Way back to Holdgate or try this alternative.

Pass YHA on your right and continue on track through gate. Ignore turn to Wilderhope Coppice Walk. In 200m turn right over stile with fence on your right. Keep ahead with fishing lake on your right. Over footbridge, step over wire fence and uphill to path junction. Turn right over plank bridge and stile and uphill (South) with trees on your left. Through gate and diagonally across field to top fence. With fence on your left continue into Stanway Coppice. Path runs just inside coppice and after 800m emerges to continue down side of coppice. In 900m do not take track back into wood but descend alongside the wood to field corner to turn right and cross stile at side of farmhouse. Cross bridge and head diagonally left to stile onto road. You are now back on the Shropshire Way.

Turn left to main road. Cross with great care. Turn right 50m to cross stile. Follow waymarks over 2 fields. In 3rd field follow right hand fence to corner with road and turn left 100 parallel to road to stile. Cross road to opposite stile and ahead across 3 fields to Holdgate Church.

 

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