Trail Guides prepared by the Shropshire Geological Society

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Carding Mill Valley

Bog Lead Mine

In front of the last glacier


Ludlow – Shaping the Landscape

Stones of Much Wenlock Buildings

Teme Bank Trail, Ludlow

Ironbridge Gorge

Clee Hills

Lyth Hill

Building Stones of Ludlow

Medieval Town Walls of Ludlow

Hawkstone Park


The Wrekin & The Ercall

View over Ludlow

Shaping the landscape:
a self-guided walk around Ludlow in Shropshire.
Rosenbaum, M.S. (2014)

Published as part of the Royal Geographical Society Discovering Britain series.

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Explore a different side of a Shropshire market town Discover how icy torrents of water reshaped the landscape Find clues to the power and extent of natural forces See how humans have made use of the geological legacy.

Bi Squeeze to Big Freeze - Carding Mill Valley Walk

Wonder as you Wander: From Big Squeeze to Big Freeze – a walk up Carding Mill Valley, near Chuch Stretton.
Shropshire Geological Society.

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Have you ever wondered why the Long Mynd is so different from the other Shropshire Hills? Or why the valleys are such a distinctive shape? Or indeed where on Earth the Long Mynd might have been 500 million years ago?

Bog Lead Mine

Wonder as you wander around the site of The Bog lead mine
Shropshire Geological Society

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Take a short stroll to see the rocks involved and find the clues to the workings of this once-flourishing mining community.

in front of the glacier

A Geological Trail in front of the last glacier in South Shropshire
Rosenbaum, M.S. (2007)

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During the last glaciation (Devensian) the low ground west of the Clee Hills, was the meeting point of glaciers.

Much Wenlock Building Stones

Walls of Shells and Sand: wonder as you wander past
Much Wenlock’s stone buildings.
Shropshire Geological Society

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Much Wenlock is the only Shropshire town in which extensive use of local stone for building gives a really distinctive character to the place. 

Teme Bank Trail, Ludlow

Teme Bank Trail, Ludlow
An extensively revised leaflet written and produced by Shropshire County Museum Service, Shropshire Wildlife Trust and Shropsgire Geological Society based on the concept of the leaflet produced by Kate Andrew in 2002.

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There are eight stops on this walk which allow you to examine the famous rocks along the banks of the River Teme.

Landslides Iron Bridge Gorge

A Geological Trail through the landslides of Ironbridge Gorge
Rayner, C., Rayner, M. & Rosenbaum, M.S. (2007)

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Photo shows severe distortion to house frame as a result of landsliding; Lloyd’s Cottage. The greenhouse frame is vertical!

Clee Hills Trail

Geological Trail for Titterstone Clee and Clee Hill
Rosenbaum, M.S. & Wilkinson, W.B. (2005)

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Tracing over one hundred million years of Earth history from the end of the Silurian through the Devonian to the later stages of the Carboniferous

Conglomerate Lyth Hill

Geological management plan and trail for Lyth Hill
Prepared for Shropshire County Council
by Shropshire Geological Society

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180′ view of the Uriconian volcanic rocks forming the Wrekin and Stretton Hills east of the Church Stretton Valley through to the lower lying Carboniferous and Permian rocks.

Ludlow Building Stones

The building stones of Ludlow: a walk through the town
Rosenbaum, M.S. (2007)

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The buildings in the centre of Ludlow reveal the geology of south Shropshire, reflecting both availability of suitable stone and changing fashions and technologies of using it.

Ludlow Mediecal Town Walls

Ludlow’s Medieval Town Walls
Walking trail with a geological bias.
Ludlow Historial Research Group (2009)

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This leaflet describes why, where and how the walls were built, and includes a trail , circumnavigating the walls which enclose the medieval heart of the town.

Hawkstone Park

Geological Trail around Hawkstone Park
Rayner, C. (2007)
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Be a Rock Detective around Hawkstone Park
Rayner, C. (2007)
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During the Triassic Period, about 230 million years ago, the area of what is now Hawkstone Park would have been located at the same lattitude as the Sahara Desert of today.

Aerial view of Wrekin

A little mountain with many secrets :
Discover The Wrekin in Shropshire
Evans, G. (2013)
Published as part of the Royal Geographical Society
Discover Britain series

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Did you know that the area round The Wrekin has the most diverse geology found on Earth? Explore this and more in this walk with accompanying audio.


Visitors to the county may wish to consult the
Geology of Shropshire by Peter Toghill.

No such area in Britain, or perhaps the world, displays such a variety of rock types in such a small area. Shropshire was visited by some of the great pioneers of geology and many fundamental terms and principles of geology are based on the county’s geology. This book explains the geological history of Shropshire, a story based on Shropshire’s incredible journey, lasting 500 million years, from the Antarctic Circle through the Tropics and across the equator to our present latitudes, a distance of 12,000km. This journey, often near to plate boundaries, has resulted in Shropshire displaying rocks of ten of the twelve recognized geological periods of time.