Section 3

Three Ashes to Asterton
12.60 miles, 770 metres ascent

Starting from Three Ashes and the boundary of the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and with views to Wenlock Edge. Climb over Clunbury Hill, catch your breath and admire this “quietest place under the sun”, as described by A.E Housman.

Down to Aston-on-Clun, famous for its Arbor tree, decorated each year and possibly commemorating a village wedding. Then up the Shropshire Way to Hopesay Common and onwards to the Plowden Estate and Plowden station, once part of the Bishop’s Castle Railway.
You then walk up onto the Long Mynd and down to Asterton.

Clunbury and Clun valley

Black Knoll on the Long Mynd on a frosty new year 2009

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