The Burway

The Burway, a steep ascent in Shropshire

The Burway is a very challenging drive in Shropshire, England. The road is pretty narrow, steep (up to 20%) and inexperienced drivers are cautioned not to drive this road in any condition as it is single track.

The road, located above Cardingmill Valley, is pretty narrow. Starting from Church Stretton, this ancient route leads up to the plateau on the Long Mynd, at 492 metres (1,614 ft) above the sea level. The ascent is 3.24 km long. Over this distance, the elevation gain is 281 meters. The average percentage is 8.6 %, but the maxim grade is over the 20%.

This clean tarmac, narrow road is the Shropshire's highest public road. A sudden drop in the temperature, even in summer, can trigger winter-like conditions. In winter, deep snow can often make the Burway impassable however. Drivers are advised not to drive the Burway in icy or snowy conditions. This road is very dangerous in such conditions as it is steep with no barriers so if you slip you can easily go over the edge.

This road should not be attempted by those who don't know how to reverse. This steep road to the west of the town is named after the hill it climbs. Drivers face a sheer drop down the hillside on one side and the road is just wide enough for one car in places!  It’s a very narrow high shelf road intimidating to beginners, or those not fond of heights. 


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