Plan Your Walk

The Shropshire Way Main Route covers the north and south of the county and forms a “figure of eight” centring on Shrewsbury. The north and south sections are each divided into stages, each of which can be walked in a day. You may wish to devise your own stages depending on how far you can comfortably walk.

There is a downloadable leaflet for each stage. This will give you a brief description of your day’s walk highlighting interesting places and features. It also includes a map of the stage and its relative position on the path. Any problems or temporary diversions will be posted on these pages so do check before you go!

The leaflets do not provide step by step directions and you will need to follow an Ordnance Survey map. A guide to the appropriate maps is given on the web page for each stage. From January 2019 digital OS maps will show only the Shropshire Way Main Route but printed maps will be changed as updated versions are issued. Please cross check with this website for the correct route.

Walking Gear

Although some stages can be walked in strong trainers, good walking boots are recommended for the tougher sections. There will be mud, especially if you are walking several stages and there are some steep hills. You will be covering rough and rocky ground on the Stiperstones but the plains and canal paths in the north are easier underfoot.

Nowadays there is such a wealth of outdoor gear available it is hardly necessary to go into detailed requirements for a day or several days walking.


An OS map for the area and a compass are essential.

A gpx file is available as a download for use on mapping software or GPS devices. See the pages for each Stage.

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