From Shrewsbury take
the A488 towards Bishop’s Castle for about 14 miles. After the turning
for Shelve carry on for about 1 mile and turn right where the stone circle
sign is towards Priest Weston. Continue on this road to a sharp right bend
and park in the space nearby where the road bends left. Walk along the
track to a cattle grid (where you can also park) then go straight ahead
and uphill to come top the circle in a few hundred metres.
Mitchell’s Fold Stone Circle at dawn
Mitchell’s Fold is an
elliptical ring about 90x80feet (27x24 metres) and is set in another
lovely location. We arrived just after dawn on a wet December morning
during the second wave of floods and were lucky to have sunlight for a
while. There are 14 stones remaining ranging in size from under 1ft (30cm)
to just over 6ft (2 metres). Beside the tallest one is a fallen stone on
the south east side of the circle which might have been the entrance. In
line with this, about 70 metres to the south is a solitary stone in an
elevated position on a cairn. About 1.5 miles to the NE is another circle,
Hoarstones at SO 324 999. The track from this circle goes towards it but
access is difficult (see below for details).
stone and solitary stone with circle in the distance
Return to the road and walk on round the bend back towards the village. Take the footpath on the right for a hundred metres to see what was the third circle in this area called Whetstones at SO 305 976. It was destroyed years ago and is now a pile of rubble. It was raining too hard for photos here.