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Name:Norton Camp
Hill number:5358
Height:291.8m / 957ft
Parent (Ma):2847  Callow Hill
RHB Section:38A: Shropshire
Class:Hump, Tump (200-299m), Clem
Grid ref:SO 44500 81831
Summit feature:no feature: woodland
Col:159m  SO460823  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 137
(1:25k) 217
Observations:ramparts high point 90m NNE at SO 44546 81908
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From free car park at the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre, Craven Arms, at SO 43452 82494. Crossed the River Onney by footbridge, then through fields to Whettleton on a lane. Took this south, then RoW east into the beechwood. A confusing place with paths on map not on the ground and wide tracks not on the map. The RoW on the map heading straight to the summit from the west has no trace in the brambly wood and goes straight up a vegetated vertical crag. We abandoned a direct assault from the west and contoured round south to join the grit road up the south ridge, leaving it to use the Rotting Lane trail up to the summit. Ramparts a little to the north seemed higher. Descended north to a grit road, taking it round the west side of the hill. Then made the same mistake of leaving it to descend to the edge of the wood directly through a hell of brambles and hidden ditches. Ughhh! Eventually reached a RoW back down to the lane again. With AT and JT. 9.2km, with 280m of ascent.Man of Kernow102/04/2024
From the west parked at Whettleton Farm then walked to cottage just south. Narrow path leads up to track/path in wood. Once on upper track clockwise rising to summit ridge, good path along it to top.N.Morters10/02/2024
From Shropshire Hills Discovery CentreJim T04/08/2023
Walked up as part of the route for the Shropshire Way Half Mammothon.jessicahickman01/04/2023
From West past rear of house, then clockwise walk round hill to 448821. Right up gravel road, then easy to follow grassy path which leads up over summit, hp being a few metres off path.NormanW23/05/2022
A solo walk from Craven Arms. After Callow Hill, headed back to Lower Dinchope, then took the footpath along the ridge above Halford Wood (another great viewpoint). Steep descent down to the road, then up to the fort from the footpath at Whettleton. Walked the perimiter of the first rate hillfort, then back to Craven Arms via Onny fields.thesweetcheat26/02/2022
30K loop from Craven Arms rail station to 3 Marilyns. From Callow Hill - got stuck in rhodos due to a spurious gate to N plus foolishly left path and was wading in Nettles at one point. Impressive fort though.davechaffey23/06/2021
Parked at SO 441 820 S of Whettleton, up path past cottage to junction at SO 443 820 turning S to pick up direct path at SO 443 819. No penetrable route observed, but SSE path led to a track at about SO 443 817. Turned L and followed track gently uphill round northern nose of hill and at high point picked up edge path, gently rising to a distinct round knoll surmounted by a tree stump, 100 m short of quoted GR for hill. Continued downhill towards 'GPS summit', apparently on the scarp slope. Returned by same route, keeping eye out for possible short-cuts especially at mapped ROWs, to no avail (but may not have followed track round far enough, turning back at SO 448 821 at end of fencing, maybe just too early). 2 km each way for a crows-fly distance of 500m.henryfm01/06/2021
Parked on the verge at SO 44096 82052, and headed up the 'three woods walk'. Turned right on the 'public footpath' at the junction, but the path became quite overgrown. Eventually arrived on a vehicle track, left on that, then up a path to the ramparts. Descended and went right on the stone path to find gerrybowes junction near 448821 (waymark post quite hidden), a better return route.LizH15/08/2020
From Norton. Track SW to junction then anti-clockwise circuit over ramparts highpoint and natural summit.PGCE05/03/2020
Parked in lay by on the A49 by the bridge. ROW from west then N along perimeter of woods. Path straight up marked on map doesn't seem to exist so took steep and very muddy switchback path which led up to unmarked forest track. Followed this N to top end of summit ridge and followed pleasant ridge path to highest point.Mark Sims22/02/2020
Parked on wide grass verge S. of Whettleton at SO 4410 8205 - E, NNE, E & then S up well-used & waymarked RoW (Three Woods Walk) to junction at 448821 - Turned right & up stone track for about 140m & then turned left & followed path through ramparts & along top of escarpment to unmarked natural summit. Top of rampart at SO 44546 81910 appears to be significantly higher. (S)gerrybowes18/02/2020
Craven Arms - Callow Hill - Norton Camp - View Edge - Oaker Wood - Burrow - Craven Arms.Mark Jackson27/07/2019
Parked by bridge over River Onny on A49. The footpath directly up to the summit doesn't exist. Follow the wide vehicle track north up to the ridge (not shown on map) then path along ridge to highest point. A bit of a disappointment, this one. Back same way. Solo.Dangerous Dave09/08/2018
From Whettlton, followed FPs initially but then headed up steep slope. Went to both natural and actual HP. Came back down by good track to the north.PeterD22/04/2018
From the Discovery Centre in Craven Arms, free parking. Used FPs to gain NW side of hill, muddy paths all way, welly job. Swung onto north side of hill and followed tracks to top. Lovely old hill fort, could do with looking after, instead itís a decaying pheasant breeding ground. Out the South side and circular back to car. Good value lunch in centre on return.nordicstar12/01/2018
The FP at SO443819 no longer exists but the diagonal track (black dotted line on OS map) to the higher track (from the same point) does. The track continues from SO444820 to the ridge path, which is then followed in a SW directioncarole engel29/07/2017
From Whettleton, using a ROW then a path slanting upwards to get on the main track. This is shown finishing at SO 44443 81988 but it continues round the hill to Nortoncamp farm. A clearing gave access to the path leading to the fort's perimeter wall. Perhaps the easiest way to do this Hu is to park at the Shrops hills centre (free) in Craven Arms where you might get a map showing which paths actually exist- those that do are well-maintained and waymarked in places.pwheeler03/05/2017
With K. From Norton Farm, parking south of road junction. Followed bridleway to Nortoncamp house. Permitted path shown on 1:25k was not passable but access wasn't a problem.Ashley16/04/2017
Parked at Whettleton and followed track curving N. Missed junction along ridge and followed fence of pheasant enclosure to NE side of rampart which a walked along anticlockwise for a bit to get to the track to the high point which, on the same logic as a Bing replacing Hensbarrow Beacon, must be the new summit.Jim.Fothergill07/04/2017
Like others from the A49 and then a bash up the steep wooded slopes. Found an easier route coming down.Alan Caine24/03/2017
From Stokesay by poorly defined path through woods with bramble up steep W side. The S edge of Norton Camp ramparts are several metres higher than the more natural ridge to the S.RichardM24/03/2017
Ascended from picturesque Stokesay Castle car park (£1 but free layby on road) to west( English heritage fee to enter castle). The marked rights of way were overgrown near the top, but there are wide and well used ( un-mapped) forest tracks. It's a splendid set of high embankments and ditches. I was surprised to see that the marked HP is to the south- apparently natural, whereas the actual HP is on an ancient embankment, all in sparse trees.Denise 24/03/2017
From the NW. Followed path into the wood. Didn't find the path which appeared to go straight up to the top and instead wound my way up on various tracks for a bit. Then used deer tracks for the last bit. High point on ramparts. Descended on deer and badger tracks, occasionally brambly but I've known worse. Saw a couple of red deer. I had no idea such beasts existed in these parts.Herbert Anchovy22/09/2016
Returning to Craven Arms after bagging Callow Hill. Earthworks on a tree covered summit. Easy access via RoWs.sooztops15/09/2016
5/6 After flying into Birmingham airport and the afternoon free a few bagged on a sunny but windy day. Fifth of Six (The Wrekin/Middlehope Hill/Didlebury Common/Callow Hill/Norton Camp/View Edge)Fergalh25/04/2016
Parked at Whettleton. Easy up fields into muddy woods. Track looped around to Norton camp. Into camp/sheep field and followed to far corner around perimeter. Visited natural high point and top of rampart which is slightly higher but evidently isnt natural. Direct steep return. With Laura.w.stig_nest20/02/2016
With stig_nestLaura.W20/02/2016
With Caleb. Middle path from Whettleton. At first junction bear right up hill. At junction with stone track sharp left and follow to top then a clear path back along the ridge line. Top is about 100 yards north north east of where it is recorded.simon and co19/02/2016
Parked at junction of minor rd and A49 to SW, tried to follow ROW's but had to improvise a bit.Chris Peart15/07/2014
Interesting ancient earthworks to explore atop this HuMP.Alex C22/06/2014
From layby on W side A49 near Stokesay turn-off. We did View Edge first then returned, crossed A49 immediately S of Stokesay Bridge, and followed PROWs to lower slopes of Nortoncamp Wood (44312 81892). After which direct path to summit has been obliterated and wide new woodland tracks have been made to enable vehicle access to summit area. Eventually followed these to summit in long zig-zags, but coming down we took a direct route, probably close to the old path - very steep, lot of undergrowth, but much more fun.jonglew19/05/2014
Called at the house south east of the big ploughed centre to the tumulus to see if I could buy some of the many logs cut up nearby but though there was songs off people at home no one came to the doorvegibagger16/04/2014
From A49 Layby, up on forest tracks.rhalstead22/03/2014
Craven Arms - Hopesay - Burrow - Aston on Clun - Broome - View Edge - Stokesay - Norton Camp - Callow Hill - Craven Arms. Footpaths hard to follow; steep 'path' from the west is non-existent and thick undergrowth. Summit not worth the effort.davidpettit8413/01/2013
Parked near farm to NW then via FP towards summit ridge. Pheasants everywhere as well as their food. Multi colour rare pheasants as well as more than a few white ones.Dugswell224/11/2011
Wilderhope to Craven Arms. Thin waymarked path up from the S was OK but descent to N then W was confused by unmapped tracks.Smudge16/10/2011
P at Whettleton then ROW to top.chrisbien21/07/2011
Parked to the W. Paths tricky to find and follow.destaylor07/10/2010
Pheasants everywherearranc29/08/2010
Parked on main road near Stoksay Castle, along river and fields and up through wood. Paths become tracks with lots of evidence of pheasant farming. Tree on top of bank on SW side seems high point.Father Ted17/01/2010
Good walk up from SO440820 not much of a view from the top even without any leaves !
No views from top because of trees. I thought top was by a large tree with a broken bough.andrew brown24/05/2009
surprisingly large & intact wall & ditch ?ironage fort.apricorum12/05/2009
walked up through nortoncamp wood which was full of pheasants. Good footpaths all the way up, hillfort has impressive walls surrounding ithodder24/02/2009
From SO442824 (i.e. in 2008). Visited again (from Craven Arms Discovery Centre) on 2 March 2017 when vegetation at its most subdued and reasonable views with no leaves on the trees. Some thinning has also helped. I think a more accurate Grid Ref for the HP is SO 4453 8190.summitsup11/10/2008
Interesting hill fort as there is a lot of stone remaining on parts of the banks.clivevilla13/01/2008
with Tony and DevonStuart Hyde23/12/2007
Along with Callow Hill from Onibury.Jake99429/05/2006