The Waymarked Route
The route when marked on a map of the county loosely resembles a 'hangmans noose' with the rope dangling from the northern border of Shropshire at Grindley Brook. The route then runs south to Wem and then to Clive and Grinshill where the circular loop begins, taking you to Shrewsbury, then via Lyth Hill further south into the Shropshire Hills.
In the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty an additional loop on the route takes you to Stiperstones, Bishops Castle and Clun linking back to the main route via the Onny Valley at Little Stretton and the Long Mynd.
The path is distinctly waymarked with a buzzard symbol in black and white usually easily seen from field edges and across most country.
The Southern section of the Shropshire Way has undergone a major refurbishment in 2007/2008. Extra sections have been added to make it circular in its own right and some original routes have been "tweaked" so they now go to more places of interest.