Grinshill Quarry

Stage 11: Haughmond to Wem

You now proceed across the Shropshire Plain with Grinshill being the only hill to climb. The fine white sandstone found here has been used for many of Shropshire's churches. In the Triassic period it was once the home of the Rynchosaurus whose footprints are beautifully preserved in the working quarry.

This stage can be divided by using Yorton railway station for trains between Wem and Shrewsbury.

Warning of waterlogging at Astley. You are advised to use the road from Astley village to Hadnall to avoid waterlogged fields during the Winter months. Rejoin the SWMR near the New Inn.

Warning of difficulty near Wem and a way round the crops:

Heading North to Wem near grid reference SJ 512/267 by Trench Hall school, follow the path through the wheat, turn right on the rough soil patch. In a short distance you will see tractor tracks on your left follow these and it's an easy walk to the Wem end of the field.

Heading South from grid reference SJ 512/271, walk a short way into the field, turn left onto the tractor tracks follow them turning right up the field. When you've passed the school turn right on the rough soil patch for a short distance untill you see the path through the wheat.

Approaching Wem at Tilley SJ510278 there is an alternative to walking along the B5476. Cross the road, take the footpath and minor roads to the river Roden. Follow the riverside path towards Wem.

You are strongly advised to take an OS map and/or a GPS to walk the route. Please note the digital OS maps will show the new Main Route from January 2019.

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