Brown Clee is Shropshire’s very own twin peak: Clee Burf and Abdon Burf. The latter, at 1.772ft above sea level, is the highest point in Shropshire.

Actually, there are no hills higher to the east until you reach the Urals in Russia.

This land has been occupied from the Neolithic period and it served as a burial ground in the Bronze Age.

From the 1900s it was intensively mined. The quarries closed in the 1930s, and nature has reclaimed the earth.

Brown Clee circular

The 7-mile Brown Clee circular starts at the village hall carpark at the hamlet of Abdon. Be aware: this is no gentle walk!

Although the route is well trodden and the paths are obvious, they can be quite boggy when it rains.

This trail is part of the Shropshire Way and the first leg will take you up Abdon Burf.

Expect stunning views over Corvedale towards Wenlock Edge and the Wrekin.

At the marker on Abdon Burf the views over the Shropshire Hills AONB are truly breathtakingly beautiful!

Towards the west you can see the Long Mynd. On a clear day you can even see further and spot Cader Idris in the distance.

When walking on the long open and rather grand moorland path to Clee Burf you will enjoy spectacular views.

Remnants of rare wildflower meadows survive while the disused quarries have become home to a wealth of wildlife, including the peregrine falcon.

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Clee Burf was also an Iron Age hill fort but the quarry seems to have taken it all.

Almost at the end of the walk, when heading back to Abdon village, you will pass Nordy Bank, an Iron Age fort that has survived the ravages of quarrying.

Cool Places to Explore: Corvedale | Carding Valley & The Long Mynd | Wenlock Edge | Titterstone Clee Hill | Ironbridge | Ludlow Castle.

Cool Places to Stay: The Cowshed.