Amble past the site of a Roman villa, once at the centre of an important Roman estate; enjoy the view of an Elizabethan Mansion, with its picturesque parkland; pass the Church of St Margaret, surrounded by ancient yew trees; before catching panoramas of Ragleth Hill and the wooded escarpment of Wenlock Edge. These are typical scenes to be found on a walk in an around Acton Scott.
The estate has an extensive rights of way network, which has been expanded in recent years to include a number of way marked routes, permissive paths and bridleways. Together, these enable walkers to enjoy the beautiful landscape, historic features and wildlife of this Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Two way-marked routes: The Wagoner's Wander and Acton Scott Amble are guided walks of between 2.5 and 6.5 miles in length, which begin and end at the entrance to the Historic Working Farm.
The Countrysquire's Stroll is a new permissive footpath developed by the Acton Scott estate in collaboration with the Shropshire Way, supported by Natural England. Opened in 2009, the route has been chosen to take in many of the film locations that were made famous by BBC TV's 'Victorian Farm'. It also explains findings from the recent Acton Scott Heritage Project so as walkers can enjoy the topographic and archaeological features of the parish.
Maps of all three routes are available to download from this page, as printable pdfs.
You don't have to follow the guided itineraries. You can also print off the map of Acton Scott available on this page and make up your own walk, following the appropriate right of way signage.
Which ever route you choose to take, there is something suitable for everyone, from short ambles, for families, to longer hikes, perhaps to the summit of Ragleth Hill, for the more experienced walker.
Within the vicinity, there are many open access areas to explore. This includes the Shropshire Way route, from Wilderhope Manor to Church Stretton, which passes through Acton Scott. Two long distance routes also pass close by or through the Pprish: Route Four of The Jack Mytton Way and Route Seven of the Shropshire Way (formerly known as The Marches Way). Further details are available here.