The Wrekin Telford Reviews
The Wrekin & Ercall Mar 27, 2008
Just thought I'd share some local knowledge and experience.
The Wrekin is a hill overlooking the small town I have called home for 24 years. It sits in the pan handle of the Shropshire hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It has fantastic views of the Shropshire Plains and can be seen from as far as Manchester.
Walking up the hill itself can be quite enjoyable, the halfway house offering light refreshments, icecreams etc during the summer months. Parking at the foot of the hill provides easy access for all, but arrive early during the summer months or bank holidays as spaces fill up fast!
The Wrekin, as with the rest of the area is rich with history, JRR Tolkein, author of The Lord of the Rings, used to be a regular visitor. It is claimed that the Wrekin provided the inspiration for Middle Earth!
The Wrekin has a place in local folklore with the following story, which I can assure you is rammed down your throat at the earliest opportunity.
A giant called Gwendol Wrekin ap Shenkin ap Mynyddmawr with a grudge against the town of Shrewsbury decided to flood the town and kill all its inhabitants. So he collected a giant-sized spadeful of earth and set off towards the town. When in the vicinity of Wellington he met a cobbler returning from Shrewsbury market with a large sackful of shoes for repair. The giant asked him for directions, adding that he was going to dump his spadeful of earth in the River Severn and flood the town. "It's a very long way to Shrewsbury," replied the quick-thinking shoemaker. "Look at all these shoes I've worn out walking back from there!" The giant immediately decided to abandon his enterprise and dumped the earth on the ground beside him, where it became the Wrekin. The giant also scraped the mud off his boots, which became the smaller hill Ercall Hill nearby. Ironically Shrewsbury is subjected to flooding from the River Severn on frequent occasions naturally.
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