Natural England - Stiperstones NNR

Stiperstones NNR

The Stiperstones NNR includes the major part of the Stiperstones ridge in south Shropshire, near the Welsh border.

Stiperstones NNR

Where: Shropshire, on the Welsh border

Main habitats: Upland

Why visit: This is a wild and atmospheric landscape, with a geology of national significance. The Ordovician 'Stiperstones Quartzite', which makes up the ridge was shattered during the last ice age to create the jagged, boulder-strewn landscape seen today.

Star species: Common lizard and common frog live on the reserve and local birdlife includes red grouse red kite, skylark, raven and stonechat.

Invertebrates range from armies of hairy wood ants, to magnificent green hairstreak butterflies and emperor moths.

Access: There is open and well-used public access to the reserve. The Stiperstones Stomp is an 8km path that takes in the sights of the ridge and surrounding countryside, while there are also a number of shorter alternative routes and a 650m all-ability trail.

Other nearby attractions: The nearby Bog Visitor Centre has plenty of information on the local area, while nearby towns include Bishop’s Castle and Church Stretton.

The Long Mynd and Cardingmill Valley, which are both owned by the National Trust, are also close by, as are a trio of Shropshire Wildlife Trust nature reserves at Brook Vessons, the Hollies and Nipstone.

Further information

Due to the presence of Phytophthora (a fungal disease brought in on footwear) in the whinberry plants we ask that all visitors stay on the footpaths, keep dogs on leads at all times and follow the bio-security measures displayed at each entrance point.

Wherever you go in this area, please:

  • Keep your dog on a lead (this is a legal requirement, other than on rights of way);

  • Take litter home;

  • Park only in car parks to avoid blocking access for others;

  • Don't climb over fences;

  • Leave gates as you find them;

  • Guard against fires.

Byelaws protecting the NNR are displayed at all entrances.

Anyone wanting to carry out scientific studies or collect specimens should write to the:
Senior Reserve Manager, Natural England, Rigmoreoak, Pennerley, Minsterley, Shropshire SY5 0NE,
Tel: 01743 792294 or e-mail:

Recreational events such as orienteering and rock climbing are by permit only.