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Wenlock Edge in Much WenlockWales and the Border Counties Much Wenlock Shropshire England
Wenlock Edge is a long wooded limestone escarpment stretching some 15 miles from Much Wenlock to Craven Arms in Shropshire, England. Its woodlands have excellent trails offering stunning views of the surrounding beautiful Shropshire countryside and are popular for walking, cycling and horse riding. Indeed there are a number of walks in the Wenlock Edge region. Walking is a great way to get out and enjoy the wonderful natural habitat but some visitors prefer to ride. The Shropshire Way, and the many bridleways such as The Jack Mytton Way, make Wenlock Edge very popular with walkers, equestrians and cyclists. The limestone edge provides ideal conditions for many rare flowers and supports ancient woodland on its slopes. In fact forty or more species of flowering plant have been found on the Edge. You'll find species like cowslip, ladies bedstraw, and wild thyme. The limestone ridge is the remains of a coral reef, so there are lots of opportunities for fossil hunting amongst the exposed rocks. The National Trust own a seven mile stretch of the ridge and have restored some of the old lime kilns to preserve a part of the industrial heritage of the area.