Walking & Access

The parish has one of the highest concentrations of public rights of way in the area – a total of 74 separate paths, of which seven are Roads Used as Public Paths (RUPPs) and four are bridleways.

Two long-distance footpaths – the Shropshire Way and Hutchison Way – and the Much Wenlock loop of the National Byway Heritage Cycle Route also pass through the parish.

The Parish Council is currently working with the Borough to renew the definitive map of local rights of way, which will be published on this website when completed.

Considerable work is also underway with the Borough and the Shropshire Wildlife Trust to improve access to The Wrekin.

A walk around the pathways of Little Wenlock is featured in one of the Shropshire Star's walking routes - read more here.

Tom Pickering Benchwalks

The Wrekin

150 people packed the Village Hall on Saturday March 17th 2007, to mark the official launch of Tom Pickering Benchwalks. Having only completed “planting” the final three benches the previous night and the handsome leaflet collected from the printers just a day or so before, we certainly cut it a little fine. But the sun and Tom’s memory continued to shine on us as Sharon and the whole Pickering family did the official honours at Tom and Dot’s bench on Buildwas Lane.

After three years of planning we have a truly wonderful new resource in our eight craftsman-built benches, enjoying some of the best views in and around the village. It’s even more satisfying to know that they have come entirely from our own natural resources at Harris’ Coppice and are each dedicated to a local loved one.

We know many parishioners who’ve already experienced and enjoyed the Benchwalks, and several visiting walkers and cyclists have commended us on them. As well as convenient places to take a break and appreciate our wonderful environment, they provide specific encouragement for those with less mobility or energy to get out and about.

Bless you Tom, you’ve certainly left us with a hugely valuable thing to remember you by. We hope you like what we have done with your project.

Your pictures, observations and information to add to the resource page on this section of the website would be appreciated by logging onto Contact Us on this website.

For full details of the project, the map, illustrations and descriptions of the bench sites, click here.