The Shropshire Hills are full of wonderful walking trails, history and heritage. Heather-covered hills, wooded valleys and rocky ridges lead to Iron Age forts, historic castles and bustling market towns. The area is also renowned for its many spooky myths and legends; find out what happened to Wild Edric! The ridge of Long Mynd and the tops of Caer Caradoc and Ragleth Hills provide wonderful elevated viewsacross the Shropshire Hills while routes through the Carding Mill Valley provide a different perspective. Walk amongst the jumbled quartz tors of the Stiperstones, learn about the lost mining village of The Bog and visit a 13th century fortified manor house that was besieged during the English Civil War. The Shropshire Hills have much to intrigue curious minds and satisfy energetic legs.
FAMILY FUN AT LONGMYND HOUSE
- Boat building and race in the pool
- Dam building in Carding Mill Valley
- Fun games such as Bag Beetle
- Family quiz night
THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO SEE...
- Explore the museums of Ironbridge Gorge
- Ride on the Severn Valley Railway
- Acton Scott Working Farm – a living museum
- Stokesay Castle
- Full Board en-suite accommodation.
- Max guests in house: 132
- Family rooms: 20
- A full programme of walks guided by HF Leaders
- All transport to and from the walks
- Free Wi-Fi
On our Guided Walking holidays, we believe that choice is key. Our walks descriptions will help you choose according to your interests and fitness. The walks are grouped together with care by local experts to give the best experience. While every effort will be made to adhere to the described itinerary, we may occasionally vary the sequence shown here or substitute an alternative route to suit local conditions or for other operational reasons, potentially at short notice.
You're welcome to check-in to your room from 2:30 p.m. onwards (upgraded rooms from 1 p.m.) Please join us for afternoon tea.
Option 1 - Carding Mill Valley
Distance: 4½ miles (7km)
Total ascent: 850 feet (250m)
In Summary: Walk from Longmynd House to the Carding Mill Valley. We'll continue to the valley's upper reaches to visit a waterfall and reservoir.
Highlight: Discover mountain streams and mini-reservoirs, waterfalls and fords, then soak yourself in the Edwardian spa waters of Church Stretton.
Option 2 - The Valley Loop
Distance: 6½ miles (10km)
Total ascent: 1,330 feet (400m)
In Summary: 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.
Highlight: Relax at the National Trust cafe in the Carding Mill Valley and enjoy the views of this local beauty spot.
Option 3 - Long Mynd Ridge
Distance: 12 miles (19km)
Total ascent: 2,400 feet (720m)
In Summary: This figure of eight walk first ascends Pole Bank via the delightful valley of Ashes Hollow. We then descend the western slopes to Adstone Hill, before returning over the Long Mynd ridge and descending Townbrook Valley to Church Stretton.
Highlight: Little walked and peaceful Adstone Hill, the challenge of the very best of the Long Mynd, and the views west.
Option 1 - Ragleth Ridge
Distance: 3½ miles (5½km)
Total ascent: 700 feet (220m)
In Summary: A local walk to climb Ragleth Hill, the first summit of the week.
Highlight: Experience the thrill of ridge walking with 360 degree views. From the top of Ragleth Hill you can gaze down over Church Stretton and the surrounding hills.
Option 2 - Stokesay Castle
Distance: 7 miles (11km)
Total ascent: 500 feet (150m)
In Summary: 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 see Stokesay Castle.
Highlight: Stokesay Castle is a real gem; a 13th Century fortified manor house that was besieged during the English Civil War.
Option 3 - Clun Valley
Distance: 9 miles (14½km)
Total ascent: 1,400 feet (420m)
In Summary: 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.
Highlight: 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".
Option 4 - Shropshire Way
Distance: 11 miles (17½km)
Total ascent: 1,800 feet (540m)
In Summary: Walk from Clun to Craven Arms, largely following the Shropshire Way. Our undulating route crosses the large Iron Age fort at Bury Ditches then on to the villlages of Kempton and Hopesay.
Highlight: Hopesay Hill may lack the height of the more famous Shropshire Hills, but its a delightful viewpoint with views over the rolling green countryside.
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home.
Hidden in plain sight, there’s a well-kept countryside secret in the heart of England that might just surprise you with its wonderful upland walking, trails, history and heritage. Discover the heart of Shropshire from striking Longmynd House, stood on a wooded hillside above Church Stretton, on the border of England and Wales. Wake early to watch the sunrise from your balcony; take a dip in the heated outdoor pool and gear up for a great day in the hills on walks full of rich variety. Stride out on the Long Mynd itself, a dramatic, isolated whaleback hill with an expanse of heather wilderness and deeply cut valleys, explore the Stiperstones and climb to the Iron Age fort on top of Caer Caradoc, or surround yourself with historic castles, market towns and trails of all kinds.
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
- Large heated swimming pool (open May to September)
- Woodland walks on the slopes beneath the hotel
- Sculpture trail
All 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
Just 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.
- 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 our team.
Tea & coffee-making facilities, TV, Hairdryer, Toiletries, Wi-Fi
Stay in the smartly presented rooms in the main house or in one of 8 brick-built lodges in the grounds. With 54 rooms, Longmynd House has plenty of space and there’s a range of Good and Better Rooms to choose from. Chose Room 16 for the four poster bed and separate sitting area, with green leafy views or Room 44 with its compact balcony and outdoor eating area overlooking the heather-clad rise on the far side of the valley. The lodges away from the house offer a little more privacy and their own terrace looking out over the gardens.
All ‘Good’ rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Better’ Rooms that are either larger or have a desirable view, a more luxurious mattress, larger television, enhanced toiletries and a fluffy bathrobe & slippers – upgrade your stay for just an extra £15-20 per person per night. You can choose a specific room for an extra £30 per room, subject to availability. Upgrade supplements still apply.
Free Wi-Fi, boot room and drying room, extensive garden, lounge, bar, ballroom, library and board games to borrow
After a day exploring the Shropshire Hills, return to the house. Stroll through the extensive grounds and discover the woodland sculpture trail that threads through the trees, looking out for ‘deer’ and ‘bears’. Dip into the heated outdoor pool to swim below the trees. Head to the long lounge with its wall of glass giving on to the view outside, or for a more intimate space, sit at the smart bar with its crouching lions and attractive jug lamps or surrender to the leather sofas around the fireplace and enjoy a local pint of Shropshire Lad or Lass with a lively conversation among your fellow guests.
Food & Drink
As at all our country houses, holidays are full board, from afternoon tea served as a welcome treat through that evening’s meal to a hearty breakfast on the day of departure. Lunch is a chance to stock up on our famous picnic snacks. Food at Longmynd House is varied and tasty and has a strong emphasis on ingredients from the area and seasonal produce. Once a week the bright dining room with its wrap around windows hosts a Local Food Night, when, over a sociable evening, you might try a five-course feast of regional flavours.
For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865
What to Bring
“There’s no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong type of clothing!” goes the adage. Come prepared for all eventualities and you’ll walk in comfort as well as safety. Britain’s famous for its changeable weather, so here’s our advice on what to wear and bring.
- Waterproof walking boots providing ankle support and good grip.
- A waterproof jacket and over-trousers
- Gloves and a warm hat (it can be chilly at any time of the year)
- Water bottle (at least 1 litre capacity)
- A small torch (everywhere in winter, year round in mountains)
- Sun hat and sunscreen
Denim jeans and waterproof capes are not suitable on any walks.
- Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed
- Specialist walking socks to avoid blisters.
- A first aid kit inc plasters– your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication
- Sit mat (insulated pad to sit on when you stop for a break)
You might also want
- Walking poles, particularly useful for descents.
- Insect repellent
- Flask for hot drinks
- Rigid lunch box
- Blister kit (eg Compeed) just in case
- Waterproof rucksack liner
All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £10 per person.
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31 Jul - 03 Aug
|3||Family Walk||£429||Under 18s Go Free||Trip Notes||Enquire|
07 Aug - 10 Aug
|3||Family Walk||£429||Under 18s Go Free||Trip Notes||Enquire|
3 nights from £429pp
Under 18s GO FREE
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