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The Shropshire Hills area is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), in the Englishmarker county of Shropshiremarker, close to its border with Walesmarker. Designated in 1958 [123175], the area encompasses of land primarily in south-west Shropshire. The A49 road and Welsh Marches Railway Line bisects the area north-south, passing through or near Shrewsburymarker, Church Strettonmarker, Craven Armsmarker and Ludlowmarker.

The region shown in the ceremonial county.


The Shropshire Hills, located in the Welsh Marches, are relatively high, with the highest point in the county, Brown Clee Hillmarker, near Ludlowmarker, towering to a height of . This gives Shropshire the 13th tallest hill per county in England. Titterstone Clee Hillmarker, part of the Clee Hillsmarker, is of a similar height to Brown Clee, at , making it the third largest hill. The Stiperstones are the second largest in the county, at , and are notable for their tors of quartzite; particularly notable are Devil's Chair ( ) and Shepherd's Rock ( ).

More accessible hills are the Long Mynd, which covers an area of 5,436 acres (8½ square miles) and peaking at Pole Bank at a height of 516 metres (1,693 feet), is located near Church Strettonmarker. It contains Carding Mill Valleymarker, a popular recreational area which was developed as a honeypot to draw tourists away from the more sensitive/protected areas of the Mynd. The Wrekinmarker ( ), located in the far northeastern panhandle of the AONB, is an extremely popular hill with a well-used trail. Located near to Wellingtonmarker, its position close to the major population centres of Shropshire, and good transport links (A5/M54) make it easy to access. Ercall Hillmarker, a notable geological site, is located just to the north of The Wrekin.

Other prominent hills include Corndon Hillmarker, the summit of which is in Walesmarker, and Lyth Hill, which is located to the south of Shrewsburymarker near Bayston Hillmarker.

Towns & Villages

The largest town within the AONB is Church Strettonmarker (sometimes known as "Little Switzerlandmarker"), which has a population of approximately 3,000. Recently, the restrictions placed on the town by being within the AONB has halted expansion of the town and created a local housing shortage.

Development has shifted south to Craven Armsmarker, which is located just outside the development restriction boundaries, and is where the Shropshire Hills AONB Partnership is based.

Clunmarker is a small town of less than 1,000 located in the east, in the Clun Valleymarker, and is the only other town (apart from Church Stretton) within the boundaries of the AONB.

Ludlowmarker is regionally the largest town, near to the AONB.

Bishop's Castlemarker is a small town of approximately 1,500, which is located in a niche near the Welsh border to the west.Bucknellmarker is a small village in the south.

Local Authorities

The land is occupied by the AONB primarily falls with in the Shropshire Council area. Extremities of the AONB are located in Telford & Wrekin Borough (primarily the The Wrekinmarker hill).


Historical Attractions

Attractions of historical interest located within or near the AONB include Stokesay Castlemarker (near Craven Armsmarker), a well-preserved fortified manor house.

Ludlow Castlemarker in Ludlow was constructed in the 11th Century as the border stronghold of one of the Marcher Lords, Roger de Lacy.

Offa's Dykemarker, a massive linear earthwork, also runs through the area, and across the Clun Valleymarker area.

Clun Castlemarker is located near Clun.


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