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Stiperstones

Manstone Rock
Elevation 536 m (1759 ft)
Location Shropshire, Flag of England England
Prominence 357 m
Topo map OS Landranger 137
OS grid reference SO367986
Listing Marilyn

The Stiperstones is a hill in the county of Shropshire, England. At 536 metres above sea level it is the second highest hill in the county, beaten only by Brown Clee Hill (540 m). Its five-mile (8 km) summit ridge is crowned by several rugged outcrops of rock. Image File history File links Stiperstones. ... A topographical summit is a point on a surface which is higher in elevation than all points immediately adjacent to it. ... The or meter (see spelling differences) is a measure of length. ... A foot (plural: feet or foot;[1] symbol or abbreviation: ft or, sometimes, ′ – a prime) is a unit of length, in a number of different systems, including English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... Shropshire (alternatively Salop or abbreviated Shrops) is a county in the West Midlands of England. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_England. ... Motto (French) God and my right Anthem God Save the Queen England() – on the European continent() – in the United Kingdom() Capital (and largest city) London (de facto) Official languages English (de facto) Unified  -  by Athelstan 967 AD  Area  -  Total 130,395 km²  50,346 sq mi  Population  -  2007 estimate 50... In topography, prominence, also known as autonomous height, relative height or shoulder drop (in America) or prime factor (in Europe), is a concept used in the categorization of hills and mountains, also known as peaks. ... Example of a topographic map with contour lines Part of the same map in a perspective shaded relief view illustrates how the contour lines of the original follow the terrain Topographic maps are a variety of map characterized by large-scale detail and quantitative representation of relief, usually using contour... Part of an Ordnance Survey map at 1 inch to the mile scale from 1945 Ordnance Survey (OS) is an executive agency of the United Kingdom government. ... The British national grid reference system is a system of geographic grid references commonly used in Great Britain, different from using latitude or longitude. ... The mountains and hills of Great Britain, and to a lesser extent Ireland, are the subject of a considerable number of lists which categorise them by height, topographic prominence, or other criteria. ... A Marilyn is a hill with a relative height of at least 150 metres, regardless of absolute height or other merit. ... Shropshire (alternatively Salop or abbreviated Shrops) is a county in the West Midlands of England. ... Motto (French) God and my right Anthem God Save the Queen England() – on the European continent() – in the United Kingdom() Capital (and largest city) London (de facto) Official languages English (de facto) Unified  -  by Athelstan 967 AD  Area  -  Total 130,395 km²  50,346 sq mi  Population  -  2007 estimate 50... Brown Clee Hill is a hill in the rural English county of Shropshire. ...

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Geography

The Stiperstones is noted for its tors of quartzite.[1] The principal ones are named as follows, from north-east to south-west: A tor is a large hill, usually topped with rocks. ... Quartzite Quartzite is a hard, metamorphic rock which was originally sandstone. ...

  • Shepherd's Rock (grid reference SO373998)
  • Devil's Chair (SO368991)
  • Manstone Rock (SO367986)
  • Cranberry Rock (SO365981)
  • Nipstone Rock (SO365969)
  • The Rock (SO351963)

Manstone Rock is the highest of these at 536 metres, and is topped with a trig point. The Devil's Chair is the largest and best known. The British national grid reference system is a system of geographic grid references commonly used in Great Britain, different from using latitude or longitude. ... A trig point near Wootton Wawen. ...


The ridge is a good place to view the upland landscape of the Shropshire Hills, and also the North Shropshire plain. The Shropshire Hills area is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). ... North Shropshire is a local government district in Shropshire, England. ...


The small village of Stiperstones lies just under the ridge to the north-west; it has a pub called the "Stiperstones Inn". Nearby are the villages of Snailbeach, Minsterley, Ratlinghope and Pontesbury. An English village near Shrewsbury, Shropshire. ... Minsterley is a village in Shropshire, England. ... Ratlinghope is a small village in Shropshire, England. ... Pontesbury is a large village in Shropshire, England and is near to the county town, Shrewsbury. ...


Wildlife and conservation

The Stiperstones is a National Nature Reserve and in the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is a haven for wildlife, with birds that are normally associated with upland areas present, including Red Grouse, Eurasian Curlew, Peregrine Falcon and Ring Ouzel. Recently, a project called Back to Purple has commenced, to clear some of the plantation of wooded areas, restoring the land to heather-based heath, and enhancing the views of the Stiperstones from the surrounding peaks and valleys.[2] National Nature Reserve is a United Kingdom government conservation designation for a nature reserve of national significance. ... The Shropshire Hills area is designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). ... An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is an area of countryside with significant landscape value in England, Wales or Northern Ireland, that has been specially designated by the Countryside Agency on behalf of the United Kingdom government. ... Binomial name Lagopus lagopus (Linnaeus, 1758) The Willow Grouse (Lagopus lagopus) is a medium-sized bird in the grouse family. ... Binomial name Numenius arquata (Linnaeus, 1758) The Eurasian Curlew, or in Europe just Curlew, Numenius arquata, is a wader in the large family Scolopacidae. ... Binomial name Falco peregrinus Tunstall, 1771 Global range (shaded green, dark dots on islands) The Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus), occasionally known in North America as the Duck Hawk, is a medium-sized falcon about the size of a large crow: 380-530 millimetres (15-21 in) long. ... Binomial name Turdus torquatus Linnaeus, 1758 The Ring Ouzel (Turdus torquatus) is a European member of the thrush family Turdidae. ... Heaths are anthropogenic habitats found primarily in northern and western Europe, where they have been created by thousands of years of human clearance of natural forest vegetation by grazing and burning on mainly infertile acidic soils. ...


Cultural references

The Devil's Chair
The Devil's Chair

The area around the Stiperstones is rich in myths and folklore relating to the rocks of the Devil's Chair. According to one legend, the ghost of Wild Eric, a Saxon earl who defied the Normans, rides the hills whenever England is threatened by invasion. The Stiperstones feature in the literary works of Mary Webb and children's author Malcolm Saville. Image File history File linksMetadata No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File linksMetadata No higher resolution available. ... The word mythology (from the Greek μυολογία mythología, from μυολογείν mythologein to relate myths, from μύος mythos, meaning a narrative, and λόγος logos, meaning speech or argument) literally means the (oral) retelling of myths – stories that a particular culture believes to be true and that use the supernatural to interpret natural events and... Folklore is the body of expressive culture, including tales, music, dance, legends, oral history, proverbs, jokes, popular beliefs, customs, material culture, and so forth within a particular population comprising the traditions (including oral traditions) of that culture, subculture, or group. ... The famous parade helmet found at Sutton Hoo, probably belonging to King Raedwald of East Anglia circa 625. ... For other uses, see Earl (disambiguation). ... Norman conquests in red. ... Mary Webb (March 25, 1881 - October 8, 1927), was an English romantic novelist of the early 20th century, whose novels are set chiefly in the Shropshire countryside which she knew and loved well. ... Leonard Malcolm Saville (1901-1982) was an English author born in Hastings, Sussex. ...


Notes

  1. ^ http://www.shropshiregeology.org.uk/shropgeol/stiper/stipermain.html
  2. ^ http://www.shropshirewildlifetrust.org.uk/nrstiperstones.html

  Results from FactBites:
 
Stiperstones - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (205 words)
Stiperstones is a rugged hill in the county of Shropshire, England which is crowned by a ridge known as the Devil's Chair or Manstone Rock.
The area around Stiperstones is rich in Myths and Folklore stemming from the Devil's Chair rocks, hence its name.
The Stiperstones is a National Nature Reserve and in the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
A Sense of Place (Do or Die) (2669 words)
The special quartzite which forms the ridge was subject to severe frost shattering during the last ice age, which resulted in the boulder-strewn landscape, sorted into circles of stones on the flatter areas and stripes down the steep sides.
Because of the mines and ghostly spoil heaps of white quartzite one Stiperstones area was known as the Land of Dereliction.
Perhaps of prime importance, and the reason why the Stiperstones is a candidate SAC, is the fact that it is a rare form of dry heath, one of only nine to be designated in the country.
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