Wilderhope Manor is a grade 1 listed Elizabethan gabled manor house nestled in the beautiful countryside around Apedale just on the other side of Wenlock Edge from Sutton Court Farm. It was owned by the Smallman family who built it from the surrounding limestone in1585. Major Thomas Smallman owned it during the Civil War – as a royalist he wass forced to flee Cromwells Troops and made a do or die leap off Wenlock edge which he survived by his unfortunate horse did not. This has become known as the Majors Leap. His ghost is now said to haunt the house.
The house itself is a particularly fine example of an Tudor Manor and much of the original interior remains. Walks from the house are particularly good with routes up to Wenlock Edge.
Owned by the National Trust It’s run as YHA accommodation but you can still go for walks around the outside anytime and see inside on Wednesdays and Sundays between 2 and 6.