THE SHROPSHIRE HILLS

INTRODUCTION
In 1958 the Shropshire Hills became one of the first parts of England and Wales to be designated an “Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty” (AONB), and they remain to this day one of the most beautiful, tranquil and unspoilt parts of the country. They have been a popular holiday destination since Victorian times and now attract over half a million visitors a year. But if you get away from the 'honey pots' like Church Stretton and Carding Mill Valley, you may not see another person all day. The aim of this site is to showcase the beauty of the Shropshire Hills and the qualities that make them so special.

The Shropshire Hills are unique in Britain in having such varied geology in a relatively small area, with rocks ranging from about 650 million years old to those that were formed in the last ice age a few thousand years ago. The archaeology of the Hills is no less interesting, and includes more than twenty spectacular Iron Age Hill Forts. The Shropshire Hills also provide a rich habitat for fauna and flora, including several endangered upland bird species and a fine collection of orchids and other wildflowers.

I have now retired from active photography, but I am leaving my website online to encourage people to visit this beautiful part of England. My books on the Shropshire Hills and Shrewsbury are still in print, and are available online or from all good bookshops in the area.

Robin Jukes-Hughes