The Fox Inn
Great Ryton
Nr Dorrington

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The Fox Inn

Pub Walk


Taken from Robert Smarts Pub Strolls in Shropshire, we are featured on the front cover!


Directions to start: - Take the A49 to Dorrington, 5 miles South of Shrewsbury, turn left signposted Ryton. In Ryton turn right and The Fox Inn is the last building at the far end of the village.


Park your car in the car park (please let us know you are going to leave your car to go on the walk) as you start and finish the walk at the pub!



The Walk


1:-        Turn right out of the car park and walk along the lane. Ignore any footpath signs on the right. One hundred yards after passing Hollywell Farm on the right, look for a stile on the left with a footpath signpost; there is another footpath sign and stile opposite on the other side of the lane.


2:-        Turn left over the stile and walk ahead with the hedge on your right. It is from here that you get the best views South Lawley is the nearest hill and further south is Caer Caradoc, reputed to be where Caractacus, a British chieftan, made his last stand against invading Romans. Cross the next waymarked stile and continue ahead, still by the hedge. Just after the kink in the hedge there is a field gate; cross the waymarked stile alongside it and continue in the same direction as before but now with the hedge on your left Cross the last stile by another field gate.


3:-        Turn left in a green lane and, if there is mud here keep to the left. The track soon becomes dry and, eventually, joins a metalled lane by a former farmhouse called The Hollies, the name of which is not shown. Continue ahead on the metalled lane until you come to some houses on the Eastern edge of the village.  Pass the village hall on your right and continue ahead. (If you are too tired at this point, turn left, at the end of the lane turn left, you will now see the pub on the right!) The Lane bends to the right at Ryton Farm holiday cottages and then bends to the left.


4:-        At the second right hand bend go straight ahead onto a level hard, dry track which skirts the back of the farm buildings and wends its way dead ahead between two open fields for quarter of a mile.


5:-        On reaching the next lane turn left and at the next road junction turn left again, signposted Ryton. Walk along this lane for only 100 yards and then you fork left again, still signposted Ryton. This new lane takes you back through the hamlet, past the letterbox, and out again. The pub is now straight ahead.

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