Scenery & history

Most of the route of the Bishop’s Castle Challenge Walk is in an area covered by the  Stiperstones & Corndon Hill Country Landscape Partnership Scheme. The aim of the scheme is to conserve and enhance the local heritage and wildlife, raise awareness, and provide opportunities to all for involvement, access and learning.

Linley Wood & Hall.
Linley Wood 

The  area spans part of the Welsh – English border, including land in both countries that share landscape character but not administrative boundaries, and the position on the border adds both depth and complexity to the heritage of the area. From the Bronze Age to recent times this area, with its mining opportunities, strategic position and stunning landscape has brought newcomers from a range of backgrounds. The mix of people has resulted in distinct border communities, more diverse than the historically stable farming communities further east and a little more wild!   

Stiperstones by  Richard PearceThe Stiperstones with views to the south

This area has a wealth of interesting natural This area has a wealth of interesting natural and historic features, which make the landscape distinct. There is evidence of thousands of years of human history, from Bronze and Iron Age archaeology to 19th Century mining. There are pockets of rare grassland, river valleys and woodland harbouring a wide array of interesting wildlife including curlew, dormouse and the northern-most locality for the spreading bellflower, along with many myths and legends, and much cultural significance  attached to the landscape.

Corndon with mine ruins Corndon with mine ruins

Today the area is truil aanqnd beautiful, belying the harsh realities of life in the mines or centuries of living on a frontier. The rich heritage of the area has inspired writers, including Mary Webb and Malcolm Saville, and there are many myths and legends based on some of the more interesting historic characters such as Wild Edric and Mad Jack Mytton.