Access in Summary
The Reserve is located on the outskirts of Shrewsbury on the English / Welsh border. Brown local tourist attraction signage directs customers towards the ‘top’ car park out through the villages of Snailbeach and Stiperstones from the A488.
Stiperstones is a spectacular ridge which provides visitors with a combination of geological, landscape and wildlife features. Much of the ridge is a Heather and Gorse Heathland interspersed with Stiperstones Quartz Rock.
The main entrance to the Natural England trails is located at the top car park. There are 2 trails at the reserve with several interconnecting local footpaths.
* The Stiperstones Stomp
* The All-ability Trail
Car Park / Drop Off
Take the A488 out of Shrewsbury and then turn left heading towards Snailbeach. Continue down the local road passing Tankerville and Pennerley.
The main NNR car park is found on the road to Bridges Village.
There is ample car parking with 3 designated accessible spaces located at the closest point to the start of the all-ability trail. The car park is built on a firm base with a loose stone covering.
Facilities at the Car Park Entrance
There are no toilet or refreshment facilities at the car park entrance to the trails. The nearest services are located in the village of Snailbeach or at peak times of the year The ‘Bog’ visitors centre.
A shuttle bus service operates at peak times of the year linking the village of Habberley, which is at the end of the ‘Stomp’ trail back to the car park. For more information regarding this limited service contact: 01588 67388.
Trails & Walks
The Stiperstones Stomp
This trail is for serious walkers only!
The Stomp is a destination route of approximately 8km in length to the village of Habberley. When the Shuttle Bus service is not operational users should be prepared to retrace their steps to the main car park which is an overall journey of some 16km if taken in its entirety.
The trail covers areas of very rough ground including rock formations which give the Stiperstones region its name. There are some very steep inclines and descents along the way. The majority of the route is over natural ground which is slippery when wet and prone to standing water.
The trail is up and along a ridge which can be subject to extreme and quickly changing weather conditions. Users of the trail should be well prepared with appropriate clothing and footwear.
There is limited signage or way marking along the trail so users are again advised to come prepared with relevant information and route detail supplied on this website or ordnance survey type maps.
All Ability Trail
The All Ability Trail starts at the ‘top’ car park at the same location as the Stiperstones Stomp. There are 3 designated accessible parking spaces within approximately 20 metres of the entrance to the walk.
The All Ability trail is a gentle walk along a slightly undulating pathway from the car park offering views of the surrounding area. The walk is just less than 500 metres to its end point and then returning along the same path to the car park area making a round journey of just under a kilometre.
The trail is constructed on a firm base with a very light stone chip covering.
There are regular seating areas along the trail the first being at around 90 metres along the route and continuing at approximately 80 metre intervals. There are viewing rails at regular intervals close to the seating.
The trail has a tapping rail running along its length to the left hand side and voice information boxes, operated by turning a handle, which give an audible account of some of the sights and sounds that can be experienced along the walk.
This walk is suitable for all and accessible to wheelchair users. The location is remote however with limited accessible services nearby and therefore consideration should be given to forecast weather conditions and individual users requirements prior to visiting.