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Corndon Hill in the snow, January 2004
Corndon Hill in the snow, January 2004

Wales' window onto Shropshire

Travel anywhere around the Stiperstones or the Bishop's Castle to Shrewsbury road and your view will be dominated by Corndon Hill. At 513 metres it's not far off the height of Shropshire's highest hill, Brown Clee.

The border skirts around the edge of this magnificent hill - but 100 or more years ago the view would have been very different.

Corndon Hill summit
Corndon Hill summit

Corndon looks down over Shropshire's lead-mining heartland, which even today is studded with disused engine houses and mining waste tips. A century ago this view was teeming with chimneys belching smoke from the mines, as well as the odd aerial ropeway or two.

Today the view from the summit is a stunning panorama over a patchwork of green fields and rugged hills. Off to one side is the ridge of The Stiperstones with the Long Mynd behind it, while in front of you is Shelve Hill and the stone circle at Mitchells Fold.

Corndon's broad, almost flat top offers a stunning all round view, and everywhere there are reminders that man has been marking his mark on this landscape for a very long time indeed.

Disused engine house, White Grit mine
Disused engine house, White Grit mine

On the lower slopes dolerite has been mined since the Bronze Age, and several axe heads have been found on the hill - so much so that Corndon is often referred to as a neolithic axe factory.

Like the Stiperstones nearby, Corndon has several ancient cairns dotted across its main ridge.

More recently it was quarried and used for flagstones and roofs, although the small, three acre quarry was worked out by 1870.

Paraglider with The Stiperstones behind
Paraglider with The Stiperstones behind

And Corndon didn't escape Shropshire's mineral boom. White Grit mine was sunk at its foot, and gives its name to the village nearby. White Grit mined barytes - locally known as spar - a mineral which was ground into a fine powder and used to make white paint.

These days Corndon is a protected environment, a Site of Special Scientific Interest, and is owned by the Powis Castle Estate. Sheep graze much of it and it is criss-crossed by footpaths.

Climb it on a fine day and you may find paragliders preparing to launch from the summit, as it's one of several hills in south Shropshire used by the Long Mynd Gliding Club, depending on wind direction.

Corndon Hill
Corndon Hill

Or you could have a preview - or save yourself a journey - by seeing our panoramic image taken from the summit of Corndon Hill. The hill can also be seen from our panoramics of Mitchells Fold stone circle and the Devil's Chair on The Stiperstones. Click below to see them.

last updated: 09/03/06
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This might not be the best view, but I love the view of Shropshire from the A5 at Overley hill. Shropshire is laid out before you and you know you are home to Britains best kept secret.

i love the vues and it holds a special meaning to me as i met my partner at the foot of corndon at onny vale fisher which also happens to be conor grismanis older sister so the area holds a great meanin to me

i think this view is spectacular and very interesting. i feel at peace with myself when i see this view. my friend conor thinks so to.

Conor Gricmanis
I do belive it is a great view, My Farther Owns Onny Vale Fishary and we love seeing our place from the summit

The Callow, Bromlow hill is my favourite as the valley below is vast. Also you get great views of the Stiperstones and the Welsh mountains.

With the benefit of living as i do on the slopes of Corndon Hill the stunning views that you so wonderfully discribe are enjoyed everyday.

found a stone axe head don't know were to take it

Hi Marc,
We suggest the best place to take it would be Ludlow Museum. Have a look at their website or call them on 01584 813666
The web team

rhe views from this area are camera is out all day every day

Haughmond hill, Shrewsbury :)

I know I'm home when I see the humpback of the Wrekin appear in the distance. She stands so proud and alone on the shropshire plain

brian chidley
Bury Ditches hill fort nr.Clun.

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