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Caer Caradoc (3 miles)

Cwms Lane
Church Stretton
Shropshire
SY6 7JT

 

Caer Caradoc stands out against the skyline when looking from Church Stretton as it is an impressive 1,506ft hill, just east of the Long Mynd.

It is a fantastic walk for those who like to admire a panoramic view from the top which has a marked walking route. A hill-fort was established at the top and although it is not proved it is thought to date back to the Roman period. The defences follow the natural line of the hill.  There is a rumour that this is the site of the final stand of Caratacus against Ostorius Scapula, the Roman General.

You can walk to Caer Caradoc from Church Stretton and from the summitt you will have splendid views of the town and the Longmynd. Caer Caradoc is also thought to be linked with the legend of King Arthur. In the legend of the magical Cauldron of Di-wrnach, the Cauldron is said to contain the treasures of Britain and a magical sword. The Cauldron apparently lies hidden in Caradoc's Cave below the summit of Caer Caradoc.

Also the Welsh tale Culhwch and Olwen tells of Arthur's search for the Cauldron of Di-wrnach, and in another Welsh story, the Spoils of Annwn, Arthur recovers the cauldron from the mystical isle of Annwn. As both tales appear to have been composed before the first Arthurian Romance, perhaps as early as 900AD, the themes of Avalon and the quest for the Holy Grail were probably based on these early legends.

Park in Church Stretton and make you way to Watling Street North onto Cwms Lane then work you way all the way to Caer Caradoc.   Click HERE for a detailed walk description.

Click HERE for more information about the Caer Caradoc Hill Fort.