The Stiperstones Ridge

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Under the heather of the Stiperstones National Nature Reserve you’ll find Bronze Age cairns and barrows.  Castle Ring, above Mytton Dingle, is an Iron Age hillfort occupying a strong position on Oak Hill. Its single defensive ring has an interned entrance. The moor was managed for shooting grouse in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Some of the shooting butts have been cut into the cairns.

Castle Ring hillfort. Shropshire Council

Castle Ring hillfort. Shropshire Council

It’s the lead and barytes mines that have left the most recognisable marks on the landscape.  As with the Bronze Age barrows, these are slowly being reclaimed by nature.  In the 18th and 19th centuries hard-up miners built make-shift homes at the edge of the moor.  Blakemoorgate is a surviving remnant of one of the most remote settlements, sat high on the ridge.  It was eventually abandoned in 1953. Little remains of similar homes in Perkins Beach and Crow’s Nest Dingle.

The Bog Centre nearby was once the school for the thriving mining community around the Bog Mine, is now preserved as a delightful visitor centre.

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