Today's walk, involved some last moment planning as all ways it is a matter of finding a piece of hilly ground in the morning that is in good weather, with the weather looking good today for the Shropshire hills which meant digging out one on my trusty walking books from my now extensive library of walking books and maps.
"Hill Walking in Shropshire" is one of the Cicerone range of books, these books are a good small size which fits easily in a pocket or rucksack, a good tip is, to use a resalable freezer bag to it keep dry with the inevitable rain.
excellent scaling is provided in these books, a problem I get with the Kittiwake walking books lack of scale due to hand drawn mapping, which I admit keeps the cost of the books down and the Cicerone use ordnance survey mapping which makes great sense, Cicerone i guess must have copyright with the ordnance survey, these books are twice the price yet I would prefer to go with the OS mapping, using my GPS receiver as back up.
From the book we went with walk 27 from the book - The Betchcotts and Duckly Nap with distance of 13.km, graded moderate, a estimated time if 5hr which I would say was spot on.
Starting from the Tiny village of Picklescott in Shropshire which is situated at the base of the northern end on the Long Mynd.
Mapping and written instuctions provided very accurate, the problem I had at one point was following a way marker too early and I noticed a lot of new gates and way markers that appear new which can throw you off a little which i blame on myself been to keen however it was no problem as we just picked up the route easily again.
From the small loop you can see on the photo of the walk, the loop takes you off the public path, which in respect of farmers ground it is worth avoiding this just buy simply doubling back once you get to the Robin Hoods butts on the summit, which the walk leads you too in the book, Robin Hoods butts are two bronze age burial Cairns / Burrows OS ref SO431966, which now you are on the 1550ft plateau of the Long mynd.
The return is a part there and back walk, with a abrupt sharp right off the Portway back to Picklscott which was clearly marked out on one of a finger post.
Overall rating the walk and book combined a great day out, the Cicerone book provided some excellent mapping and written details.
The images you can see are from this high level yet moderate and enjoyable walk.