The Wrekin - circular walk

The Wrekin is one of the largest hills in Shropshire and gives great views from a number of angles.

The walk to the top is not an overly long one and is well sheltered by a mixture of evergreen and deciduous woodland on the way up. It's a good one to take youngsters on to get them out of the house, particularly if you're coming from a northerly point as the travel isn't so far. You will find the final stretch to the summit gets the heart rate up, but other than that it should be suitable for most reasonably fit walkers.

Not meaning to showboat, but we tackled this hike with a couple of kids and a baby in a sling, so it can't be too difficult but nevertheless the route linked to below includes a pretty steep section with lots of tree roots to watch out for as you ascend towards the top. The view then opens out beyond the woodland and exposes brilliant photo opportunities across the Shropshire countryside and hills beyond.

The GPS map of the route is shown below, although there are a few ways to get to the top. We encountered plenty of other walkers, so you'll have no problem picking a different route and asking for help (I thought it would be fun to test the Polar Grit route navigation for this, which served us well even under dense tree cover).