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The Wrekin, Telford

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The Wrekin is a hill in east Shropshire, England. It is located some five miles (8 km) west of Telford, on the border between the districts of Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin. Rising to a height of 1,335 feet (407 metres) above the Shropshire Plain, it is a prominent and well-known landmark, signalling the entrance to Shropshire for travellers westbound on the M54 motorway. The Wrekin is contained within the northern panhandle of the Shropshire Hills AONB. The hill is popular for walkers and tourists and offers good views of Shropshire. It can be seen well into Staffordshire and the Black Country, and even as far as the Beetham Tower in Manchester, Winter Hill in Lancashire and Cleeve Hill in Gloucestershire.NameThe earliest mention of the Wrekin occurs in a charter of 855, as entered in a late 11th century Worcester cartulary, spelled Wreocensetun. Its modern form is believed to have come into modern English by way of Mercian, and that is likely to have been taken from the early Celtic word Wrikon. It is presumed to be etymologically related to the Latin name for the town of Viroconium Cornoviorum - Viroconium="place of werewolves" -, related to similar-sounding names such as Wrexham which was also part of the northwestern edge of the Cornovii Kingdom.
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  • Not really sure what you can complain about. It's a steep hill with lovely views at the top. Downside, it's slippy when wet. But what do you expect from mud?  more »
  • Absolutely love walking here. Only one main grip.. As a dog owner ourselves we always clean after our dog, sadly not everyone does the same and I wish they would. On the whole it's a very pleasant wal...  more »
  • The only problem with this place is not enough parking!! Views from the top are amazing Can't wait for the half way house to open.  more »

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