Major's Leap walk - circular

Walking trail

Major Smallman, a loyal supporter of King Charles I, was fleeing the Roundheads on Wenlock Edge. With his captors closing in, in a final act of bravery, he ran his horse off the edge. Looking over the edge, the Major's enemies thought there was no way he could have survived the leap. Hours later, the King's army launched an attack on the Roundheads at Wilderhope Manor. The 'ghost on horseback' had survived the leap and succeeded in quashing the enemy.

Wenlock edge view of Wrekin


Major's Leap Map


Much Wenlock National Trust car park


Follow the path from the car park and turn left up Blakeway Hollow.

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Walk along the path until you reach the woods. Once in the woods, turn left and immediately left again back out into the fields. From here a track runs south along the narrow ridge with the steep wooded scarp slope of Wenlock Edge on the right, and the deep workings of Lea Quarry on the left.

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Here an open viewpoint looks out towards Caer Caradoc and the Long Mynd.

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Here is another viewpoint which looks out at the Wrekin.


Continue along the quarry lip and take a broad track that cuts back down to Blakeway Coppice.

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Ignore the track leading off to the left almost a mile later, and carry on to emerge at the junction with Blakeway Hollow. Then follow the sunken lane back to the car park.

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Much Wenlock National Trust car park

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Major's Leap walk - circular

How to get here

Much Wenlock National Trust car park
By road
Car parks along the B4371. Much Wenlock car park 1 mile west from Much Wenlock. 
SatNav: For Much Wenlock use TF13 6DH 
By foot

The western end of Wenlock Edge is 1 mile west from Much Wenlock.

By bus

436 from Shrewsbury, alight Much Wenlock, 436 from Bridgnorth, alight Much Wenlock

By bicycle
Go to Sustrans website for further details
Major's Leap walk - circular

Facilities and access

  • Parking