Lydebrook Dingle Ropewalk Sunniside Loamhole dingle Wynnes Oilhouse coppice Dale Coppice Captains Coppice Lincoln Hill Benthall Edge Workhouse Coppice

Lydebrook Dingle

Much of the woodland associated with Lydebrook has been undisturbed for a long time, and has the feel of the original ‘wildwood’ about it. Lydebrook has difficult access due to its steepness.

Ropewalk & Wilderness Meadows

are small but wonderful examples of traditional hay meadows – an area that has possibly never seen artificial seeding or fertilisers. The soil’s low fertility actually ensures a wide biodiversity, with well over a hundred different plant species regularly being recorded. Here in summer, in Ropewalk Meadow, come ploughman’s spikenard, adders tongue fern and twayblade orchid, all of which are considered uncommon in Shropshire. It is also home to an abundance of common spotted orchids, whilst small heath butterflies thrive in the meadow.

Sunniside Deer Park

is a small, enclosed area of formal park laid out by the Darby family in the late-1700s. Much of the evidence of the park has now gone (including the deer), although a few veteran beech and limes survive, as does a boundary brick wall to the west of the Ropewalk Meadow.

Loamhole Dingle

is of national conservation importance, primarily because it supports specialist insects associated with the stream that flows through the ancient woodland.

Wynnes, Vane Coppice and Jiggers Bank

include ancient semi-natural woodland dominated by oak as well as areas of more recent planting established on pasture in the 60s/70s. The history of the site included phases of woodland management, farming and industry, the evidence of which can be found at The Old Wynd inclined plane in Eastern Vale Coppice.

Oilhouse Coppice

encompasses woodland and flower-rich pasture. It also adjoins Rough Park, a landscaped area formerly of open-cast clay workings. The grassland of Oilhouse pastures is particularly important in supporting a wide variety of flora, typical of old hay meadows. Sweetvernal grass, cowslips and yellow rattle all thrive here.

Dale Coppice

has seen woodland cover since at least the 13C when it was part of the estates of Wenlock Priory. Dale Coppice also became noted for its early public walks, the Sabbath Walks, laid out by the Quaker ironmaster and philanthropist Richard Reynolds in the 1780s. The Trust reinstated many of the paths in 2003, working with local groups to add wooden seats at convenient resting points. Dale Coppice is ancient semi-natural woodland, where today sessile oak and beech dominate.

Captain's Coppice

was probably traditionally coppiced in part for industrial and domestic purposes. In spring, the woodland floor is carpeted with the bright green foliage of wild garlic, a carpet which later turns white as the plant pushes up its many spiked flowers. Today the lower area of the wood is leased to the Green Wood Centre, and is being coppiced once again to provide small-diameter material for a variety of traditional crafts and courses run by the Centre, such as hedgelaying and hurdle-making.

Lincoln Hill

one of the finest views of the Iron Bridge from a point known as the Rotunda. The edifice built there in the early 1790s had cast iron pillars and a domed roof. It also had a revolving seat with panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. However, it had a short life, being demolished in 1804, possibly due to instability of the nearby limestone quarry face. Lincoln Hill is today a Site of Special Scientific Interest, an area of national importance for its geology. It is composed of limestone, an uplifted sea-bed formed 420 million years ago when Ironbridge lay south of the Equator!

Benthall Edge

was once the scene of major industrial activity. Clues to this history are distributed throughout, with evidence of former quarries, mineshafts, adits, lime kilns, inclined planes and tramways. Benthall Edge Wood is now a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), an area of national conservation importance. The wood is also home to one of Britain’s rarest trees, the large-leaved lime.

Workhouse Coppice

is managed by the Trust on a 50 year lease from the Woodland Trust. Adjoining Benthall Edge Wood, this wood is small yet has a network of paths. Despite its name, Workhouse Coppice shows no evidence of ever being used as a coppice. The site is nationally important for its remains of bell-pits, relatively shallow pits once used to extract coal from below the surface. The canopy is dominated by maturing oak, while holly dominates the understorey and wood anemone carpets the floor in spring.

The View Over Patten's Rock Quarry

The View From the Rotunda