The Hollies & Poles Coppice from near Habberley

This Shropshire walk explores the countryside to the north of the Stiperstones. The route is generally on well marked paths and tracks. One of the highlights of the walk is the area known as the Hollies which is home to some of the oldest Holly trees in the UK, with some dating back over 400 years.

Technical sheet
No. 293102
A Worthen with Shelve walk posted on 04/07/16 by Walking Britain. Update : 16/09/16
Calculated time Calculated time: 2h35[?]
Distance Distance : 7.25km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 169m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 172m
Highest point Highest point : 343m
Lowest point Lowest point : 178m
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Worthen with Shelve
Starting point Starting point : N 52.618801° / W 2.899647°
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(D)The start is the small car park to the south-west of the village of Habberley located on the eastern edge of Eastridge Wood (grid ref. SJ391027). After parking exit the parking area and turn left following a narrow lane southwest. After 400 metres you reach an open area and a junction of tracks (grid ref. SJ391023). Here take the track veering left, which leads to Upper Vessons Farm (grid ref. SJ387020).

(1)Bear left in front of the farm and then take the left-hand track which leads into the Hollies. It is worth exploring the area immediately south of the track to fully appreciate the historic Holly trees before returning to the track to continue west. Pass the small chapel on your left to reach a lane (grid ref. SJ380021). Reaching a T-junction, turn right and follow the lane. Ignore the first track on your right but continue round to the left and take the signed footpath on your right (grid ref. SJ380022).

(2)This path leads into woodland emerging after 300 metres into a large field. Cross the field with the boundary on your immediate right. The path follows the edge of woodland on your left before turning north through Maddox's Coppice. After 600 metres you reach a junction of tracks (grid ref. SJ384033) where you bear right and follow a track heading northeast. The track leaves the woodland and continues north to reach a lane (grid ref. SJ389039).

(3)Go straight across the lane initially joining an enclosed path. This path continues across open fields to reach the southern boundary of Pole's Coppice (grid ref. SJ391044). Turn right and initially follow the edge of the wood. The path continues into the wood Reaching a path junction (grid ref. SJ392043), go left and follow the path for just over 200 metres to reach a bridleway. Turn sharp right onto this bridleway and follow it out of Lees Coppice towards the village of Habberley.

(4)Reaching a lane (grid ref. SJ396036). Turn left along the lane. At the next junction turn right and then bear right at the next junction almost immediately. After 250 metres turn right at the next junction. This lane leads back to the start which is a kilometre down this lane.

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. 237m - Start: Eastridge Wood car park
1 : km 0.98 - alt. 286m - Take lefthand track
2 : km 1.75 - alt. 316m - Take righthand footpath
3 : km 3.84 - alt. 234m - Go straight across lane
4 : km 5.85 - alt. 182m - Turn left along lane
D/A : km 7.25 - alt. 234m - Finish: Eastridge Wood car park

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