Shropshire Hills Gentle Walking Holiday

Explore the Shropshire Hills on foot

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Activity types:

  • Central location
  • Free WiFi
  • Hills & moorland
  • Meadows & hills

Level

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Choosing the level of your walks

Our easy grading system shows whether a region offer gentle strolls or more challenging routes to help you choose the right holiday for you. Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we grade our walks 1 to 5 (where 1 is easy and 5 hard). Our challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.

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From £335.00 - 3 to 7 nights

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Holiday overview

New at HF Holidays

This easier variation of our best-selling Guided Walking holidays is the perfect way to enjoy a gentle exploration of the Shropshire Hills. The choice of three guided walks includes a half-day walk of 3 or 4 miles. 

Nicknamed “Little Switzerland”, the rolling hills around Church Stretton offer fabulous views in all directions. We have great walks right on our doorstep including the shapely hill of Caer Caradoc, and the great moorland ridge of the Long Mynd. Be inspired by the history of this border country, and the charm of storied towns such as Much Wenlock, the birthplace of the modern Olympic Games. 

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Accommodation

HF Holidays' Longmynd House in Church Stretton

Longmynd House is set in a wonderful elevated location above the town of Church Stretton. With excellent walks on the doorstep, and extensive public rooms, it's an excellent base for our walking and leisure activity holidays.

Longmynd House has 50 bedrooms, all in the main building. There are also 8 brick-built lodges in the grounds - a popular alternative for families or couples, with all the facilities you would expect from HF Holidays.

Rooms

'Good' Rooms 

These rooms are all ensuite and furnished to a good standard. They include:

  • Check in from 2:30pm
  • Tea and coffee-making facilities
  • 23 inch TV
  • Toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Free WiFi

'Better' Rooms 

These rooms are slightly larger and/or have a better view. They include:

  • Early check in from 1pm
  • Tea & Coffee making facilities
  • Fluffy bathrobe & slippers
  • 32 inch TV
  • More luxurious mattress
  • Enhanced toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Smalls drying rack
  • Free WiFi

Only an extra £15 per person per night

Choose Your Room: Our new “Choose Your Room” service is available at our UK country houses, providing the option to choose and confirm a specific room for an extra £30 per room. Supplement to upgrade to 'Better' rooms still apply. The choice of room number must be of the same room type as originally booked and is subject to availability.

At the house

  • Excellent boot and drying rooms
  • Extensive public rooms
  • Large dining room with outstanding views of Stretton Valley
  • Lounge bar with outstanding views of Stretton Valley
  • Central lounge
  • Three additional rooms, can be used for other purposes
  • Free WiFi is available in some public rooms and bedrooms
  • Range of board games and books
  • Patio
  • Large heated swimming pool
    (open May to September)
  • Woodland walks on the slopes beneath the hotel
  • Sculpture trail

Dining

An example of Church Stretton evening mealAll holidays at our Country Houses are full board accommodation including evening meal on arrival to breakfast on the day of your departure. All of our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.

 Start your day with our extensive breakfast.
 Take your fill from our famous self-service picnic lunches
A relaxed social dinner is a highlight of any stay at our Country Houses

Your evenings

Make the most of your evening or join us at the barJust relax and take it easy, or if you'd like to continue to chat with our guides and fellow guests then why not grab a drink or take part in one of our optional evening activities.

All of our bars are stocked with locally sourced drinks so you can really soak up your surroundings.

Accessibility

More details on Church Stretton accessibility

Additional Information

  • Assistance dogs accompanying visually or hearing impaired guests are welcome; dogs must be kept on a lead or harness at all times.
  • Fire evacuation notices are displayed in the bedrooms and throughout the hotel. Each room has its own smoke sensor and fire alarm. In the event of a fire a very loud continuous alarm sounds and emergency lighting comes on. We have portable Deaf guard fire alarm system for those who are hard of hearing. This consists of a vibrating pad to go under the pillow and a bright strobe light. The Deaf guard is triggered when main alarm is activated.
  • In the case of evacuation there are fire exits in every function room, bar and restaurant as well as the main front entrance. On the first, second and third floors there are fire exits at either end of the corridors which open to an emergency fire escape stairwell.
  • Please advise reception on check in if you think you would require assistance in the event of an emergency. Door hangers are available in the rooms which can be used to indicate a need for assistance. Fire extinguishers are found throughout the building, as are fire call points. If you discover a fire please call 9-999 from your room phone, raise the alarm and alert a member of staff.

Itinerary

This easier variation of our best-selling Guided Walking holidays is the perfect way to enjoy a gentle exploration of the Shropshire Hills. The choice of three guided walks includes a half-day walk of 3 or 4 miles. 

Half-Day walks

HF Holidays walks level 1 easier

Gentle walks at Church Stretton

Easier walks

HF Holidays walks grade 2 easy

Clun Valley

Medium walks

HF Holidays walks level 3 medium

Caer Caradoc

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Select the date of your holiday to see which walks are running during your stay.

Darnford Valley & Betchcott Hills

Available on: 8 Jun 2019, 21 Sep 2019

Option 1: Gogbatch Valley

View of the Long Mynd from Ragleth Hill

Distance: 4 miles (6½km)

Total ascent: 700 feet (220m)

The walk in a nutshell: An opportunity to walk along the lower slopes of the Longmynd to the North of Church Stretton. We visit the Gogbatch valley and then cross over heathland to All Stretton to visit the Arts and Craft period church. Return to Church Stretton on pleasant tracks.

Don’t miss: The historic St Laurence’s Parish Church, the mother church of the Strettons.

Option 2: Darnford Valley

View from Bodbury Hill

Distance: 7 miles (11½km)

Total ascent: 1,050 feet (320m)

The walk in a nutshell: Our route follows the beautiful Darnford Valley, then heads over Betchcott and Bodbury hills to cross Long Mynd and return to the house.

Don’t miss: The tranquil Darnford Valley provides an attractive route onto the heather-clad slopes of the Long Mynd and Golden Valley with its dwarf gorse bushes.

Option 3: Gatten Hill

Red kite

Distance: 9 miles (14½km)

Total ascent: 1,350 feet (420m)

The walk in a nutshell: Cross Gatten Hill, then ascend steadily along the Darnford Valley to cross the Long Mynd ridge and head to Church Stretton close to Bodbury Hill. 

Don’t miss: The heather-clad ridge of the Long Mynd dominates the skyline above Church Stretton. Enjoy the extensive views as you cross the ridge and descend towards Church Stretton.

Image 3: © Crown copyright 2016 (Visit Wales)


The Clun Valley

Available on: 9 Jun 2019, 22 Sep 2019

Option 1: Craven Arms & Stokesay

Ornate timbered gatehouse of Stokesay Castle

Distance: 4 miles (6½km)

Total ascent: 400 feet (125m)

The walk in a nutshell: A circular walk from the Craven Arms Discovery Centre visiting Stokesay Castle. Pleasant field paths and woodland tracks lead from the Discovery Centre round to historic Stokesay Castle (English Heritage). Admission £8 (£7.20 concessions) to non-members with free admission to the church. Good views of the castle can be seen without entry. Return to Craven Arms is alongside the Onny River.

 Don’t miss: Stokesay Castle, the best preserved medieval manor house in England.

Option 2: Aston on Clun & Stokesay             

Stokesay Castle

Distance: 7½ miles (12km)

Total ascent: 900 feet (260m)

The walk in a nutshell: Walk from the village of Aston on Clun to Craven Arms. On the way we'll discover the historic 13th Century church at Hopesay, soak up the views from Hopesay Hill, and visit Stokesay Castle.

Don’t miss: Stokesay Castle is a real gem; a 13th Century fortifed manor house that was beseiged during the English Civil War.

Option 3: Clunton to Craven Arms                

The green hills of the Clun Valley

Distance: 9½ miles (15km)

Total ascent: 1,500 feet (460m)

The walk in a nutshell: From Clunton walk over Merry Hill to join the Shropshire Way. We continue past the pretty village of Hopesay to Stokesay Castle then beside the River Teme to Craven Arms.

Don’t miss: Explore the tranquil landscape of the Clun Valley. In the words of AE Housman, "Clunton and Clunbury, Clungunford and Clun, are the quietest places under the sun"

Carding Mill Valley

Available on: 11 Jun 2019, 24 Sep 2019

Option 1: The Carding Mill Valley

Upper reaches of the Carding Mill valley

Distance: 3½ miles (5½km)

Total ascent: 700 feet (210m)

The walk in a nutshell:  From Longmynd House we walk through Rectory Woods, passing Townbrook valley before descending into the famous Carding Mill Valley.

Don’t miss: The unusual Pre-Cambrian fossils near New Pool Reservoir and tea in the National Trust cafe in Carding Mill Valley.

Option 2: Pole Bank & Mott's Road;

Carding Milll Valley

Distance: 6½ miles (10½km)

Total ascent: 1,350 feet (400m)

The walk in a nutshell: From Townbrook Valley, on our doorstep a steady ascent leads to the heather moorland of the Long Mynd and its summit, Pole Bank. We descend down the highly scenic Carding Mill Valley.

Don’t miss: Relax at the National Trust cafe in the Carding Mill Valley and enjoy the views of this local beauty spot.

Option 3: Along the Long Mynd 

View from the the top of the Long Mynd

Distance: 8½ miles (13½km)

Total ascent: 1,550 feet (480m)

The walk in a nutshell: Head to the top of the Long Mynd via Townbrook Valley. We then head south along the ridge to Minton Hill, before returning to our country house via the village of Little Stretton.

Don’t miss: The great ridge of the Long Mynd rises behind our country house, offering miles of outstanding walking. Soak up the panoramic views over the Gliding Station and Welsh Borderlands.


Ludlow & the Mortimer Forest

Available on: 12 Jun 2019, 25 Sep 2019

Option 1: Bromfield to Ludlow

Walkers in Sussex

Distance: 3½ miles (5½km)

Total ascent: 320 feet (100m)

The walk in a nutshell: From Bromfield we cross the Earl of Plymouth's Estate to join field and woodland paths to reach Ludlow Castle. A riverside walk along the 'bread walk' takes us into town.

Don’t miss: The Ludlow town trail which takes in some of the best sites of this historic town.

Option 2: Mortimer Forest & Ludlow                 

Black and whit timbered houses in Ludlow

Distance: 6½ miles (10½km)

Total ascent: 900 feet (280m)

The walk in a nutshell: From Bromfield we make our way up into Mortimer Forest then down through the delightful Mary Knoll Valley before bridleways lead us into the splendid town of Ludlow.

Don’t miss: We include a short town trail around Ludlow, described by John Betjeman as "probably the loveliest town in England".

Option 3: Mortimer Forest, Overton & Ludlow

Historic bridge at Ludlow

Distance: 9 miles (14km)

Total ascent: 1,100 feet (340m)

The walk in a nutshell: A longer exploration from Bromfield up and over the wooded slopes of Mortimer Forest and into the village of Overton, where we follow the old coach road to Ludlow.

Don’t miss: Ludlow is one of England's finest market towns with its array of black and white timbered buildings, overlooked by an impressive castle.


Much Wenlock & Ironbridge

Available on: 13 Jun 2019, 26 Sep 2019

Option 1: Benthall Hall & Ironbridge

Wooded trail along Wenlock Edge

Distance: 4 miles (6½km)

Total ascent: 270 feet (80m)

The walk in a nutshell: We follow field footpaths to reach the 16th century Benthall Hall and Church (National Trust) before taking woodland paths with gentle descents down to the historic Ironbridge Gorge.

Don’t miss: The famous Ironbridge and the plethora of museums and attractions the town has to offer.

Option 2: Much Wenlock to Ironbridge

Ironbridge - bridge over the River Severn

Distance: 6½ miles (11km)

Total ascent: 540 feet (160m)

The walk in a nutshell: Walk from Much Wenlock onto Benthall Edge and down into the Severn Gorge to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ironbridge.

Don’t miss: There's time to explore the quaint riverside town of Ironbridge.

Option 3: Wenlock Edge to Ironbridge

Black and white timbered houses of Much Wenlock

Distance: 10 miles (16km)

Total ascent: 960 feet (300m)

The walk in a nutshell: Walk along the famous Wenlock Edge into the market town of Much Wenlock. We then follow the Jack Mytton Way to view Benthall Hall and onwards to Ironbridge.

Don’t miss: The views to the South Shropshire Hills and beyond.

Local area

Discover Shropshire

During your stay at Longmynd House you may enjoy visiting the following places of interest, either in your free time, or on your journey to and from Shropshire:

The attractive small town of Church Stretton is around 10 minutes' walk away. After the arrival of the railway, the town grew in the Victorian and Edwardian eras and became known as 'Little Switzerland' due to the dramatic hills on both sides of the valley. Today the town retains its bygone charm and has a range of facilities including a variety of small shops, banks, cafés, pubs and a supermarket.

Black and white timbered shops in LudlowLudlow
Easily reached by  train, or around 20 minutes' drive away, Ludlow is a particularly attractive market town. The historic centre retains many of its medieval buldings, and is towered over by its well-preserved castle. In recent years the town has developed as something of a gastronomic centre, being home to celebrated Michelin-starred restaurants and many acclaimed local food producers. www.ludlowcastle.com

Iron bridge across the River SevernIronbridge Gorge
A little further afield, about 45 minutes' drive from Church Stretton, are the many excellent museums of Ironbridge Gorge. Known as the 'birthplace of the Industrial Revolution' it was here that Abraham Darby perfected the manufacture of cast iron which was later used to build the area's iconic iron bridge across the River Severn. Today there are 10 museums in the gorge including the Museum of Iron, the Coleport China Museum and the excellent Blists Hill Victorian town. www.ironbridge.org.uk/

Steam trains at a station on the Severn Valley RailwaySevern Valley Railway
The Severn Valley Railway is one of Britain's premier steam railways. This lovingly recreated Great Western Railway branch line is now run largely by volunteers and is home to an impressive collection of locomotives. As its name suggests the line follows the rural valley of the River Severn from Bridgnorth to Kidderminster. The nearest station at Bridgnorth is about 40 minutes' drive from Church Stretton. www.svr.co.uk

Horse and plough at work at Acton Scott farmActon Scott Working Farm
Situated just 10 minutes' drive from Church Stretton, the Acton Scott Working Farm Museum is a living museum based around a restored Victorian farm. In recent years this has featured in the BBC2 series Victorian Farm and Escape in Time. www.actonscott.com 

 

 

Shrewsbury
Also easily reached by train, or a 30 minute drive, Shrewsbury is the county town of Shropshire. The town centre is particularly attractive featuring many black and white timber houses dating from the 15th and 16th centuries. 

Much Wenlock
The small town of Much Wenlock, about 30 minutes' drive from Church Stretton, is particularly attractive with many black and white timbered houses. Despite its small size the town can claim to be the birthplace of the modern Olympic Games.

Hereford
The cathedral city of Hereford, is just under an hour's drive away, and can also be reached by direct train from Church Stretton. Hereford Cathedral houses a chained library and the famous Mappa Mundi, a 13th century map of the world. www.herefordcathedral.org

Attingham Park
A grand 18th century house surrounded by an extensive deer park, located outside Shrewsbury, around 25 minutes' drive away. Now managed by the National Trust you can visit the ornate rooms and explore the walled garden and grounds. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/attingham-park

Powis Castle and its surrounding gardensPowis Castle
This former medieval fortress has been remodelled  over more than 400 years – each generation adding to the magnificent collection of paintings, sculpture, furniture and tapestries. Theworld-famous garden is overhung with clipped yews, and shelters rare and tender plants. The castle is located near Welshpool, about 45 minutes' drive from Church Stretton. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/powis-castle

 

Walls of Chirk CastleChirk Castle
Just under an hour's drive north of Church Stretton, Chirk Castle is a fine medieval fortress completed in 1310. As well as military displays, the castle was also a domestic home for many centuries, and is surrounded by excellent gardens. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/chirk-castle

 

 

Powis Castle image ©National Trust/Andrew Butler, Chirk Castle image ©National Trust ImagesMatthew Antrobus

Travel

Travel to Church Stretton

Our address is: Longmynd House, Cunnery Road, Church Stretton, Shropshire SY6 6AG

How to get to us by train

By train:

The nearest train station is Church Stretton, which is less than a mile from Longmynd House. However the house is at the top of a steep hill (it has great views!) so a taxi is recommended, particularly if you have heavy luggage.

For train times and general rail enquiries visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or call 03457 484950 (from outside the UK call +44 20 7278 5240).

NOTE: Unfortunately taxis are not available at the station and there is no taxi service in Church Stretton. If you call for a taxi on arrival at the station one will come from Craven Arms (another village approximately 10 miles away). The charge for this service to Longmynd House is £18. We therefore recommend booking a HF station transfer in advance for just £7 (details below).

Use an HF transfer

HF station transfer - great value!

Our station transfer operates every Friday and Monday between Church Stretton station and Longmynd House. The pickup is at 3.15pm from Church Stretton station. On departure day the transfer will get you back to the station for 9.15am, 9.45am or 10:25. This transfer costs just £7 return, however a place must be reserved 7 days in advance by calling 0345 470 7558.

Get to us by Taxi

By taxi:

If you can’t meet our station transfer it is possible to book a taxi. Taxis can be limited so please pre-book. Details of our current recommended taxi company and rates will be sent to you with your booking. 

Driving to us

By car:

Follow the A49 to Church Stretton. At the traffic lights turn off the A49 into the town. At the first T junction turn left into the High Street. Go straight over the mini-roundabout, and then take the next right into Cunnery Road. Follow the road up a steep hill and around a hairpin bend. Longmynd House is at the top of the hill on the left hand side. Look out for our sign. A car park is available in the grounds with free parking.

 Travel by plane

Travelling from overseas

Manchester Airport has the quickest onward connections to Church Stretton. Trains from the airport take 2 hours, with one change at Crewe. See www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times.

Flying to London Heathrow airport is another option, but has a longer onward train journey - allow at least 4½ hours to reach Church Stretton by train. There are a variety of routes, but the most convenient is to change at London Paddington and Newport as this avoid crossing London. See www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times.

Dates & Prices

Date Description Nights Brochure price Buy today for Book
7 Jun 2019 CSBEW - Gentle Guided Walking - Church Stretton 3 £375.00 £335.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £40 Per Person Book Now
7 Jun 2019 CSBEW - Gentle Guided Walking - Church Stretton 7 £879.00 £754.00 Save £125 off pp - Special Early Booking Summer TOP OFFER Book Now
10 Jun 2019 CSBEW - Gentle Guided Walking - Church Stretton 4 £529.00 £469.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £60 Per Person Book Now
20 Sep 2019 CSBEW - Gentle Guided Walking - Church Stretton 3 £375.00 £335.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £40 Per Person Book Now
20 Sep 2019 CSBEW - Gentle Guided Walking - Church Stretton 7 £879.00 £754.00 Save £125 off pp - Special Early Booking TOP OFFER Book Now
23 Sep 2019 CSBEW - Gentle Guided Walking - Church Stretton 4 £529.00 £469.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £60 Per Person Book Now

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