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Haughmond Hill, Shrewsbury

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Haughmond Hill is a small, shallow hill in the English county of Shropshire. It is covered by woodland for the most part, although there is an open cast quarry (for stone aggregates) in use. Its proximity to the town of Shrewsbury has meant that it has become something of a forest park, with guided paths, car parking and picnic areas maintained in places. The rocky summit overlooks countryside and Shrewsbury itself.Haughmond Hill is made up of ancient turbidite sediments from the late Precambrian era which once cascaded off the edge of a continent into the ocean that surrounded it.The villages of Uffington and Upton Magna lie below and the B5062, Shrewsbury to Newport, road runs through the northern half of the woodland.Deer can be found in the woods, which are mixed deciduous/coniferous and are to some extent used for forestry to this day.The hill has several dubious connections with the Battle of Shrewsbury in 1403. Queen Eleanor's Bower is a small enclosure on the hill from which the wife of Henry IV of England supposedly watched the battle's progress. Finally, the "bosky hill" mentioned in Act V Scene i of Shakespeare's Henry IV part 1 is almost certainly Haughmond, which looms to the east of the battlefield:
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  • August 20, 2017
    My wife and I were looking for a pleasant place to take her elderly parents for a wheelchair walk. It is owned by the forestry commission but its more like rough woodland then forest. We did a circula...  more »
  • August 19, 2017
    I can not believe in this day and age there are so lazy irresponsible dog owners that can't be bothered to clean up after their animals. The site is basically a dog toilet woods, be very careful were ...  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    An excellent place to walk your dog with miles of woodland & well made up paths. There is even a cafe at the car park serving a lot of different foods. A great day out.  more »

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