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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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  • This is a great walk that will make you feel good about yourself, its not as strenuous as you might imagine taking approx 50 mins to an hour to the top with young children in tow. Take walking shoes a...  more »
  • Visited here during our stay at a nearby hotel. It was a lovely refreshing walk despite the weather.  more »
  • Lovely secluded location. Lots of off route choices in the woods. Lots of free car parking. While area is good for all the family, walking, running or biking.  more »