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Brown Clee Hill

Brown Clee Hill, Shropshire

The hill has two summits - Abdon Burf and Clee Burf. A steady climb is rewarded with sweeping views across the Shropshire Hills.

540 metres / 1,772 feet

The hill still bears industrial scars from the time when it was mined for coal and ironstone.

During the Second World War British, German and Canadian pilots lost their lives on the hillside when their planes ploughed into the hillside. The walk passes a memorial to those who died.

Brown Clee Hill in Shropshire

Brown Clee Hill in Shropshire

The route:

1. Start in a parking area for cars next to the Cleobury North to Abdon road, OS map reference 607872. The parking area is on your right about a mile out of Cleobury North on the way to Abdon.

2 Across the road from the lay by you'll see a permissive path leading up the hill, take this, you'll pass two benches on the right hand side.

3. The path goes straight on through some woodland.Keep going until you see a gate on your right, go through the gate which has a sign welcoming walkers and follow the path uphill for several hundred yards until reaching a gate.

4. After you've gone through the gate, turn right on to the path and continue on this for about 600 yards until you reach a junction with a tarmac road.

5. Turn left on to this road which is known as The Incline. It's a steep climb. There used to be a rail road here with winding gear for taking stone down the hill once it had been quarried.

6. The path goes past a derelict stone industrial building on the left which was known as the Crushing House where the stone was crushed before being taken down the hill.

7. Continue following the road to the satellite tracking masts and take the steps up to the toposcope. You're now on Abdon Burf which is the highest point of Shropshire.

8. To the west of the toposcope there is a path leading down the hill which becomes the Shropshire Way. There's a fence on your right all the way down.

9. As you descend towards a gate with Clee Burf, another high point on your right, look out in the gorse on your left for a small war memorial to twenty three airmen who were killed when their planes crashed into the hillside during the Second World War.

10. When you reach the gate you can either take the path to the right to go up Clee Burf and then come back to the gate or you can go straight through the gate to shorten the walk.

11. Go through the gate and keep going straight on down the path. The path will eventually split, take the right hand fork keeping the wood on your right hand side.

12. You're now on the same path which you started on, retrace your route back to the start of the walk.

last updated: 19/01/2009 at 12:17
created: 12/01/2009

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