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The Stiperstones is an area as famous for myths and legends as geology. This area of Shropshire has inspired numerous artists, poets and authors, including DH Lawrence. The rugged landscape owes much to its geology. Stiperstones' ridge is made of quartzite which sparkles, even on dull days.

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Stiperstones - Visitor Guide


The Stiperstones National Nature Reserve, south of Minsterley, Shropshire.

Maps: Map of the Stiperstones area
Ordnance Survey: OS reference: SJ 375 055
Key attractions:

Geology, Bronze Age monuments and an interesting mix of plant and animal communities with several species being found at the edge of their natural range.

Essential kit:

Walking shoes and weatherproof clothing.

Bear in mind that that the weather can change quickly on this upland area - the ridge is also subject to many lightening strikes so check the weather forecast before setting out.

Nature watching:

Great walking country - Stiperstones Stomp (5 miles) - there are important concentrations of unimproved grasslands, showing gradations from upland acid grassland to neutral grasslands on lower slopes. The Stipertones lie within the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is also part of the Hollies Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).


Moth watching.


None provided


Disabled access: There are a number of shorter walking routes and an all-ability trail offering wheelchair access.

Getting there:

Signposted roads lead up from the A488 south of Minsterley.

There is a choice of car parks, with English Nature's National Nature Reserve car park at the very top, adjacent to the all-access path and the route leading up towards the ridge.

The Long Mynd & Stiperstones Shuttle also operates on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays between April and October.

Opening times:

All year round

Charges: No admission charges
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