Earls Hill

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Local people see the shape of a sleeping dragon in Earls Hill and fiery its beginnings certainly were. This distinctive, humped hill has volcanic origins, created by layers of lava that burst out of fissures in the rocks some 650 million years ago. An Iron Age hill fort was built on its lofty summit around 600 BC and in 1964 it became the Trusts first nature reserve. A hill such as this invites you to climb to the top and if you can manage the very steep climb, you will be rewarded with spectacular views and grassland studded with flowers. But Earls Hill is renowned for its rich variety of wildlife habitats and there is a great deal more to be explored and discovered on its lower slopes.

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Turn off the A488 at Pontesford along the lane by Rea Valley Tractors. There is a small Forestry Commission car park about 700 yards up where you can park.


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Address: Shropshire Wildlife Trust, 193 Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, SY2 6AH, UK
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