Shenstone Heritage Trails
Join us on a journey into the past of our beloved village
The Shenstone Heritage Trails are the brainchild of a small group of committed local historians who came together to share their fascination with village history. What better way to do this than to give people an opportunity to immerse themselves in that history by following a heritage trail in which there are many stories to be told, buildings to see and the past to imagine.
Situated just three miles south of Lichfield the village of Seneste, or Shenstone, lies around the hill on which the Church of St John the Baptist dominates the landscape. The village’s history can be traced back to the Roman and the Saxon days and was the only village in the area to be mentioned in the Domesday Book.
We hope you enjoy this trail.
Shenstone Community Library Local History Group
Shenstone Heritage Trails
The Shenstone Heritage Trail is made up of 3 separate trails, Blue, Yellow and Red, each one offering a different part of the village’s history to explore. In this booklet you will find all 3 of the trails including a map of each and information about the many different points of interest.
The trail if walked in its entirety is 3.4 miles long, comprising of the Blue Trail (1.1 miles), Yellow Trail (1.1 miles) and the Red Trail (1.4 miles). The choice is yours whether you wish to walk the full trail or select part of the trail. We recommend that if you start with the Blue Trail and then you can extend if you wish.
The Blue Trail – 1 mile
The Blue Trail is our principal trail route and is centred around the main village area. This trail includes the fascinating history of Main Street, The Cenotaph, many of the village pubs, the site of the old Greysbrooke School and of course St John the Baptist’s Church.
The start of the Yellow trail can be accessed half way round the Blue trail.
The Yellow Trail – 1.1 mile
This part of the trail takes in the old Shenstone Court, Court Drive, the stables and the amazing surroundings and history of this fasicnating part of our village.
This trail is approximately 1.1 miles on its own or 2 miles when walked as part of the Blue Heritage Trail route.
The Red Trail – 1.4 miles
This part of the trail takes in the natural beauty of the Lammas Land, Shenstone Hall and the buildings and stories that you encounter around and on this delightful walk.
This trail is approximately 1.4 miles on its own or 2.4 miles when walked as part of the Blue Heritage Trail route.
How to Get your Heritage Trail Map
If you would like to have your own copy of the Shenstone Heritage Trails then you can either download them and print them off or pop in to Shenstone Library during our opening hours or Lichfield Tourist Information Office and pick one up.
Choose your trail and click on the image below to download a copy.
Please note: We recommend printing these off on A3 paper. If you don’t have an A3 printer then the trail maps will be available in the library.
Heritage Trail: Blue Route
Heritage Trail: Yellow Route
Heritage Trail: Red Route
If you would like to find out more about the fascinating local history of Shenstone, why not join our fantastic Library Local History Group. We meet every month and everyone is welcome.
Click here to find out more about the local history group