Kinver Edge and the Rock Houses

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This is a National Trust site at the frontier between Staffordshire, Shropshire and Worcestershire. It has several points of interest:

  • Red sandstone rock houses (Holy Austin houses), of surprising comfort for troglodyte settlements, still inhabited in the 1960s.
  • An untouched (unexcavated) Hill Fort, from 3000 years ago.
  • Outstanding views (from the fort) of several shires, including of the Wrekin, Wolverhampton and Birmingham.
  • High sandstone ridges and peculiar rock formations, carved by people, especially Nanny's rock and Vale's rock.
  • Numerous walks in beautiful, hilly woodland.

The rock houses may have inspired Tolkien for his hobbit holes.

We visited the site on 8 January (2023).

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