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Well known for woodland rambles, the view south from Haughmond provides an excellent vista of the Stretton Hills.

Location: The viewpoint with 7 blocks of stone showing what the landscape is made of. [? photo by Liz Callan]

OS grid reference: SJ 5402 1342

Access: The site is at the southern end of Haughmond Hill.

Orientation: The general view from this viewpoint is looking south. Click here to see a much wider vista.

How did the view develop? The ground underlying the landscape you can see from this viewpoint in the foreground is Upper Carboniferous Coal Measures with small Precambrian inliers.

In the distance are a number of prominent hills that bring various different Precambrian rocks to the surface.

The oldest rocks are on the western flanks of the Wrekin (the Rushton Schist and the Primrose Hill Gneiss).

The craggy hill due south is Caer Caradoc, comprising igneous rocks of Uriconian age.

To the west is the large mass of the Long Mynd, comprising an extensive thickness of metamorphosed sediments, finer grained mudstones (now shales and phyllites) of the Stretton Group overlain by the coarser sandstones and conglomerates (now quartzites) of the Wentnor Group.

Further to the west is the prominent ridge of the Stiperstones, a long ridge of strong Ordovician sandstone (also referred to as quartzite, but is not metamorphosed) flanked by weaker Ordovician mudstones. The Precambrian reaches the left-hand (eastern) flank of the Stiperstones and between the Stretton valley and here lies the full extent of the Long Mynd metasediment sequence, folded into a syncline.

The Stretton Valley marks a prominent fracture extending deep into the Earth's crust: the Church Stretton Fault System. This has been active since the late Precambrian and has experienced considerable displacement. This fault extends all the way from the Cheshire basin to the Pembroke coast in Southwest Wales.

Most of the foreground was covered by glacial ice in the Devensian, some 30,000 years ago, largely moving southwards from where the Irish Sea lies today and reaching the foot of the Stretton Hills.

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