Here is Cluns’ second attraction after the ‘singing toilets’, Clun Castle in all its glory.
And here is the main attraction : The Singing Toilets of Clun.
They are well worth a visit as you will be serenaded while you perform your ablutions. Plus they are the cleanest public toilets I have ever seen. Well done Clunsfolk.
They are situated just over the old bridge in a small FREE car park on the Newcastle on Clun road.
So this is where Tricky Micky and I found ourselves on a sunny but blustery September day.
A Clun Circuit
We started from the small car park and here is the location for the start: OS grid reference SO299808 Lat 51.689503546215704 + Long -3.442513445818019
Postcode SY7 8JR (approx. location only).
The walk was taken from the ‘Walking Britain’ website and is a good free source of walks all over the UK.
The plan was to head out north west on The Shropshire Way which runs between River Clun and River Unk. The way is marked by signs and posts and with well maintained stiles as you can see.
The path is sometimes difficult to pick up as it crosses numerous fields and the use of a 25.000 scale map is recommended over the 50.000 Landranger series.
We managed to wind our way over the fields and the path meets a minor road between Bicton and Whitcott Keysett.
The Shropshire Way continues north west uphill along the edge of a freshly cut field of wheat, although at the time the farmer was ploughing this field so we kept well over to the boundary.
‘Climbing onto the Cefn Ridge’
We met a couple of walkers coming the opposite way but they weren’t very talkative so we pressed on upwards.
The path descends through a field of cattle (which we gave a wide berth) and meets a track running east west. We headed on upwards along the ridge north westwards.
With views of Newcastle on Clun ahead in the distance under a wonderful Shropshire sky.
We eventually came down into the hamlet of Three Gates (counted a few more than that) and ahead at the crossroads. Then up Hergan Hill and eventually turning west towards Offas Dyke Path.
Offas Dyke Trail
Once we met Offas Dyke we headed south following the very well marked long distance path away from Newcastle on Clun.
As an aside I just saw the fastest time has been set for the ODP (Offas Dyke Path). Mike Wood ran it for two charities. Go HERE to donate to his great effort.
This is probably the best part of the walk as the Dyke is clearly visible for alot of this section as it undulates along the border with Wales.
Another road crossing and Tricky Micky decides to build a home made road closure all by himself.
We climbed again out of Mardu and eventually stopped for a quick lunch break sitting on the Dyke. True to form it started to rain, as a brief shower blew in.
A lone walker appeared and stopped for a chat. He was doing the ODP in daily stages and he showed us his super duper GPS system so he definately couldnt get lost. I think it was called a ‘satmap’.
He sped off into the distance never to be seen again!
Soon we were hitting another road and crossing The River Clun again as we continued south.
The ODP halfway mark is here showing already knackered walkers how far they still have to go. Demoralising or inspiring? Depends on your attitude I guess. Tricky Micky hangs on to the post for grim death.
We headed on through a farmyard and climbed again up to the road at Springhill Farm.
Jack Mytton Way
We finally leave the ODP and head westwards on The Jack Mytton Way back towards Clun. We were on minor roads by now and hit by another blustery shower but we were on the homeward stretch.
We now had views of Clun Castle over the fields as we descended into Clun.
Another serenade by the toilets and we were off to find a local hostelry and rehydrate ourselves, or not, as the case may be.
It was a pleasing walk of about 11.5 miles and lots of climbing involved but still enjoyable. This is great walking country with several long distance walks converging and we only saw three people all day.
Come and visit Shropshire, you won’t be disappointed!