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Rectory Wood & Field


Rectory Wood was once given 10/10 and voted the least stressful location in England in an article in The Independent newspaper!  Prolific writer and commentator John Walsh wrote..."By a series of twisty byways and capricious diagonals, I'd discovered the least stressful location in England: its name is Rectory Wood, Church Stretton."  You can click the link below to see extracts of the article

Rectory Wood and Field is as close to the centre of Church Stretton as you can get, located near to the Visitor Information Centre and Library on Church Street.  The site provides visitors with the opportunity to take in excellent views of the countryside. As the site name suggests, it is part woodland and part meadow. Both the wood and field comprise steep banks adjoining and rising to meet the Long Mynd.


Walk 1: Circular Rectory Wood Walk

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From the town center it is much easier to start this walk from Church Street taking the blue dotted line up to point 2 to join the walk.

Type of Ground: Fields and woodland paths

How Easy: Nicely hilly, some steep climbing and descents.

Suitable for pushchairs: No

Walk 2: From Rectory Wood to Carding Mill Valley

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Taking the same route up from Church Street - this walk takes you to the National Trust's Carding Mill Valley Tea Room where you could stop for a snack before walking back.

Extracts from Independent Newspaper Article


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