New for 2021

3-Night Shropshire Hills Tread Lightly Guided Walking Holiday

Upland Heathland Landscape at Summer Bloom
Duration: 3 nights
Type: Tread Lightly
Walking Grade: 2, 3 & 4
from £339pp £279pp

We are all well-versed in ‘leaving no trace’ but now we invite you to join us in taking it to the next level with our new Tread Lightly walks. We have pulled together a series of spectacular walks which do not use transport, reducing our carbon footprint while still exploring the best landscapes that the Shropshire Hills have to offer. You will still enjoy the choice of three top-quality walks of different grades as well as the warm welcome of a HF country house, all with the added peace of mind that you are doing your part in protecting our incredible British countryside. 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.

Holiday Highlights

  • Enjoy breath-taking walks from the doors of our country house
  • Explore the most famous valley in Shropshire, the Carding Mill Valley
  • Discover the little-walked and peaceful Adstone Hill
  • Learn about Shropshire’s Iron Age history on Caer Caradoc

What’s included

  • High quality en-suite accommodation at our country house
  • Full board from dinner upon arrival to breakfast on departure day
  • 2 full days of guided walking with choice of easier, medium and harder grades
  • Use of our comprehensive Discovery Point
  • The services of HF Holidays Walking Leaders

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDFs for each holiday.

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Option 1 - Townbrook and Cardingmill Valley

Distance: 6.5 miles (10.5km)

Ascent: 1,350 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 café in the Carding Mill Valley and enjoy the views of this local beauty spot.

Option 2 - All Stretton and Long Mynd

Distance: 7 miles (11.5km)

Ascent: 1,250 feet (380m)

In Summary: Walking north along the base of The Longmynd, we pass the source of the famous Stretton Mineral Water to ascend steadily to Plush Hill and onto the ancient drover road known as The Portway. Walking along the heather moorland on the ridge of The Longmynd itself and then descending into Carding Mill valley before heading home to Longmynd House.

Highlight: Descending into Cardingmill Valley, the most famous valley in South Shropshire.

Option 3 - Pole Bank and Adstone Hill

Distance: 12 miles (19km)

Ascent: 2,500 feet (780m)

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 walking the very best of the Long Mynd, and the views west are some of the high points of this walk. 


Option 1 - Slopes of Caer Caradoc

Distance: 7 miles (11km) 

Ascent: 1,200 feet (360m)

In Summary: A lovely route around Church Stretton. Head across the valley and along a scenic path which runs along the slopes of Caer Caradoc hill.

Highlight: Enjoy views over Church Stretton and the Long Mynd as we follow the balcony path around Caer Caradoc.

Option 2 - Hope Bowdler & Caer Caradoc

Distance: 9 miles (14.5km)   

Ascent: 1,950 feet (600m)

In Summary: We cross the valley to ascend the long ridge of Hope Bowdler Hill. Our second summit is the shapely Caer Caradoc Hill.

Highlight: Look out for the Iron Age hillfort on the summit of Caer Caradoc; said to be the site of King Caractacus's final stand against the Roman invasion. 

Option 3 - Caer Caradoc, the Lawley and Gogbatch

Distance: 11 miles (18km)

Ascent: 2,750 feet (840m)

Summary: A walk over the Caer Caradoc with it's Iron Age fort and onto The Lawley before heading back to Longmynd House via Gogbatch at the far north end of The Longmynd

Highlight: The extensive iron age fort earthworks on Caer Caradoc.


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. 


Longmynd House

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.

 

Need to know

Important Covid-19 steps we have taken for guest safety: Please Read

As we slowly reopen in the wake of the Coronavirus lockdown, our country house stays are set to be organised a little differently; extra steps have been taken to keep our guests, house teams and leaders safe while we return to action. We ask all our guests to respect the measures put in place.

Initially the overall capacity of the houses has been reduced. Guests must wear face coverings in public spaces. To adhere to social distancing guidelines, we have taken the necessary steps to space out furniture and seating in public areas. In addition, a one-way system will be in place around the house. Adequate signage will be displayed to support the direction of travel to be followed by guests and house teams.

As a temporary measure, we will not be servicing rooms during a stay. Extra tea, coffee, milk, and toiletries will be made available on request for all guests. It is recommended that guests bring their own toiletries for the duration of their stay. We have removed all non-essential and reusable items from our rooms for the meantime including cushions, hairdryers, bathrobes, bed throws, and printed materials to reduce the number of items that need to be disinfected. Hairdryers will be available on request. Clean towels will be available on request. We will though be increasing the frequency of cleaning in our public areas providing particular attention to frequently touched items including door handles and handrails.

For now, there is no cream tea on arrival day. We have also adapted our food offering to remove all buffets and open food items. Different sittings may be required for breakfast and dinner due to the occupancy and size of the house. Picnic lunches will now be pre-ordered the night before from an order form in the room. The bar in each country house will be open, and we will be offering a table service for drinks. At this time there is no, or only a very limited, evening social programme available. Outdoor swimming pools at those houses that have them will re-open throughout August, except at Freshwater Bay House, where the pool will remain closed for 2020. Indoor swimming pools will remain closed.

For more information and to see all the steps taken, visit our page on how house stays will be adapted.

Rooms

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 and larger television – 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.

Facilities

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.

Accessibility

For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865

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Getting to Longmynd House

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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.

Essentials

  • 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)
  • Rucksack
  • 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.

Recommended

  • 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
  • Gaiters
  • Blister kit (eg Compeed) just in case
  • Waterproof rucksack liner

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £20 per person.

Holiday Prices

Date (Start - End) Nights Itinerary Price Status Trip Notes Book
2021
29 Jan - 01 Feb
3 Tread Lightly £339 £279 Unavailable to Book Unavailable Trip Notes
05 Feb - 08 Feb
3 Tread Lightly £339 £279 Unavailable to Book Unavailable Trip Notes
19 Feb - 22 Feb
3 Tread Lightly £339 £279 Unavailable to Book Unavailable Trip Notes
21 May - 24 May
3 Tread Lightly £389 £339 Save £50 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
04 Jun - 07 Jun
3 Tread Lightly £389 £359 Save £30 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
16 Jul - 19 Jul
3 Tread Lightly £389 £339 Save £50 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
06 Aug - 09 Aug
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27 Aug - 30 Aug
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17 Sep - 20 Sep
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08 Oct - 11 Oct
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29 Oct - 01 Nov
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26 Nov - 29 Nov
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03 Dec - 06 Dec
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10 Dec - 13 Dec
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Duration:
3 nights
Type:
Tread Lightly
Walking Grade:
2 & 3

3 nights from £339pp £279pp

New for 2021

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