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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 with 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, related to similar sounding names such as Wrexham which was also part of the northwestern edge of the Cornovii Kingdom.
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  • Spent a couple hours going up the Wrekin today thinking it would be a pleasant way to pass Remembrance Day and be somewhere different for the 11am silence. In the event we stopped en route, but didn't...  more »
  • When coming to Telford everyone raves on about the Wrekin sure it's a nice dog walk, and the views nice at the top but its a bit of a mess fly tipping and rubbish some off the lovely sights and a smal...  more »
  • It's a bit of a mess if I'm honest. It nevertheless remains a valuable focal point and training ground for many. If only they treated it with a little more respect. Views on a good day are stunning.