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A Shropshire Way Guided Trail Holiday

View from the top of Abdon Burf with the sun setting over the Shropshire landscape, England, UK
Duration: 7 nights
Type: Guided trails
Walking Grade: 3
from £1,179pp £1,109pp

Given that the Shropshire Hills National Landscape covers almost a quarter of the county, the scenery is every bit as outstanding as you’d imagine. And on our Shropshire Way Guided Trail holiday, you’ll get to see the best of it. Journey through unspoilt countryside overlooking the Welsh marshes, explore Wenlock Edge Site of Special Scientific Interest, and ascend Abdon Burf – the highest point in Shropshire at 1,770ft. Further highlights include walks along the quartz ridges of the Stiperstones, the Iron Age hillfort of Caynham Camp, and crossing the finish line in medieval Ludlow.

What you’ll love

  • Visiting all the highest points of the Shropshire Hills National Landscape
  • Soaking up stunning views of the surrounds
  • Learning about Shropshire's unique wildlife and geology
  • The myths and legends of the Stiperstones
  • Spending time in historic Ludlow

What’s included

  • Comfortable en-suite rooms in our partner accommodation(s)
  • Cooked or continental breakfast every morning
  • Daily packed lunches
  • Three-course evening meals, plus tea & coffee
  • Guided walks with an experienced HF Holidays Leader
  • All transport to and from walks where necessary 

Trip Notes

Easy to download as a PDF, our trip notes provide detailed information for every holiday. Please click below to find the trip notes for your departure date.

All our carefully-curated itineraries are designed by our experts. While we make every effort to adhere to the described itinerary, we may take alternative routes or adapt the running order for weather and/or operational reasons.

You're welcome to check in from 4pm onwards. Enjoy a complimentary cream tea on arrival.


A cracking start today, as we set off from Snailbeach to explore the Stiperstones ridge. Steeped in myth and legend, the ridge introduces us to local fables and its famous Devil’s Chair. We’ll be rewarded with stunning views out over the Shropshire Hills and Welsh border, as well as getting a fantastic chance of spotting red kites and red grouse and hearing the sweet song of the skylark.  We reach our highest point today at Manstone Rock - at 536m, this is the second highest hill in Shropshire. We’re off then, over Nipstone Hill and Linley Hill, before heading down to the market town of Bishops Castle, famous for its two microbreweries (check out Three Tuns - the oldest brewery in the UK).

18km/11miles with 610m/2,000ft of ascent

Shropshire landscape at the Stiperstones National Nature Reserve, England, UK


Starting at the small hamlet of Minton we head south, traversing along the lower slopes of Long Mynd to reach its southernmost tip. From here we follow the ancient Portway as it ascends northwards to reach the wide ridge of the Long Mynd. With stunning views to the east and west, we pass the Midland Gliding Club's airfield. We continue to Pole Bank, the highest point on Long Mynd (516m). On a clear day, it’s possible to see as far as the Brecon Beacons and Cadair Idris, with the jagged Quartzite tors of Stiperstones in the foreground. Our route then takes us across heather clad heathland to the beautiful Townbrook Valley before returning to Longmynd House.

19km/12 miles with 600m/1,960ft of ascent

Upland Heathland Landscape at Summer Bloom


Discover more about Longmynd House and the local area for ideas on how to make the most of your free day.


Walking straight from our door, we head north on quiet country lanes to All Stretton, to climb Caer Caradoc (459m/ 1,506ft) and explore the ramparts of its Iron Age hillfort (one of the best preserved in the area). Super views to Wenlock Edge and back across the Long Mynd, before we tackle our second top today, Hope Bowdler Hill (426m/1,398ft). Through villages and hidden valleys now to Eaton-under-Heywood, where we finish our walk today.

18km/11miles with 625m/2,050ft of ascent

Caer Caradoc between Church Stretton and Hope Bowdler, Shropshire, England, UK


Up and onto Wenlock Edge. A Site of Special Scientific Interest, the limestone ridge here is what remains of an ancient coral reef and offers some fantastic discoveries for fossil hunters. Walking along the Edge, we reach Wilderhope Manor, and head south through quiet countryside before climbing up to the twin tops of Brown Clee Hill. The first top - Abdon Burf (540m/1,770ft) is the highest point in Shropshire. We take in its second top too, before heading down to finish our walk near Clee St. Margaret.

21km/13miles with 685m/2,250ft of ascent

View from the top of Abdon Burf with the sun setting over the Shropshire landscape, England, UK


Clee Liberty Common and the Jack Mytton Way to begin with today, on our final leg of our journey to the medieval black and white town of Ludlow. Our final high point today is Titterstone Clee Hill. Climbing up via the Giant’s Chair, we reach the high point at 533m/1,749ft for a super panorama. South now through Knowbury, passing the Iron Age hillfort of Caynham Camp, before we reach the end of our journey, and historical Luldow - the perfect place to celebrate our journey crossing the highest points of Shropshire Hills AONB.

22km/13½miles with 580m/1,900ft of ascent

Ludlow Castle and Town, Shropshire


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home.


Itinerary map for A Shropshire Way

Longmynd House

For rural calm in the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the location of this characterful country house is hard to top. Set in a wooded hillside just a short stroll from the market town of Church Stretton (nicknamed Little Switzerland for its picturesque landscape), you’ll be within walking or driving distance of the Stiperstones, Caer Caradoc, Ironbridge Valley of Invention, and the historic towns of Ludlow and Shrewsbury. And then, of course, there’s the Long Mynd itself – an area of registered common land that has been cared for by a group of farmers (the self-named commoners) who have grazed sheep and ponies here for generations.

 

Rooms

Designed with your comfort in mind, Longmynd House has 51 well-appointed guest rooms available in two categories: Classic and Premium. 

Classic Rooms are comfortable en-suite guest rooms, ideal for a peaceful night's sleep. Amenities include free Wi-Fi, tea and coffee-making facilities, toiletries (hand wash, shampoo, and shower gel), and a TV. 

Premium Rooms are more spacious en-suite guest rooms. Amenities include free Wi-Fi, tea and coffee-making facilities, toiletries (hand wash, shampoo, body lotion, shower gel), and a 32-inch TV. Extras include bathrobes, slippers, and comfortable mattresses.

We love: Room 16 for its four-poster bed, separate seating area, and lovely views. Room 44 has a small balcony and outdoor eating area overlooking the heather-clad rise on the far side of the valley. For more privacy, the lodges have their own terrace. 

The Choose Your Room service is available at our UK country houses, allowing you the option of choosing and confirming a specific room for an extra charge of £30 per room. This is subject to availability. Upgrade supplements apply. 

Check in & check out
You are welcome to check in from 4:00pm at the earliest. On arrival, you’ll enjoy a complimentary cream tea and get to meet your fellow guests, our HF Holidays Leaders, and the rest of the friendly team.  

On the day of departure, we kindly ask all guests to check out by 10:00am. You’ll be asked to settle your bill prior to leaving. You may, of course, make a charitable donation to our HF Holidays Pathways Fund if you wish. Please note that we only accept card payments.  

Room supplements

Premium single Premium double/twin Choose your room
£20 pppn £20 pppn £30 per room

About your stay

A warm welcome
We want you to feel comfortable from the moment you arrive. You’ll find a welcome pack in your room with guest registration forms, menus, order forms for dinners and picnic lunches, the Wi-Fi password, and the front door code. Our houses are locked at night, so we recommend noting the Duty Manager’s number on arrival in case of an emergency (or getting locked out). 

Evening entertainment
While evening entertainment varies from house to house, the HF Holidays Big Pub Quiz held after dinner on Wednesdays is a weekly staple. Your HF Holidays Leader may be around for tips on guided and self-guided walking routes as well as visit-worthy local attractions. 

Walks talks 
Our HF Holidays Leaders host guided walking information briefings before dinner on arrival days. This is followed by a group Walks Talk for information on the following day’s walking delights (held before dinner every evening). Self-guided walking guests are, of course, welcome.  

The walking day
Prior to setting off on walks, your HF Holidays Leader will run you through a short safety briefing. There’s also an up-to-date weather forecast on display at the house to ensure you have appropriate clothing and footwear. If you choose to do your own walks or are on a self-guided walking holiday, we ask that you please complete an Independent Walker Card each day. These can be found near the Discovery Point in the house. 

Food & drink

Led by experienced chefs, we serve a wide range of dishes made with fresh and seasonal ingredients. We always aim to source the best produce available and use home-grown herbs and vegetables from our own gardens whenever possible. Additionally, we have a licensed bar with beers, soft drinks, and a superb selection of spirits. Full-board comes as standard and includes a cream tea on arrival and a hearty breakfast on departure day.

HF Holidays understands the importance of managing allergens effectively to ensure food is safe for guests with food allergies. Whilst we are always able to confidently inform guests which allergens are present in our ingredients and dishes, we are unable to guarantee absolute freedom from the 14 main allergens in our kitchens. Vegetarian and vegan menu choices are available. If you have allergies, food intolerances, or any special dietary requirements, please inform our reservation team at the time of booking.

Accessibility

For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865 or view the accessibility information online for Longmynd House

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Getting to Longmynd House

Find out more about this location including travel details and room types.

More Information

Address

Longmynd House
Cunnery Road
Church Stretton
Shropshire SY6 6AG

Tel: +44 (0)1694 722244

By train

The nearest station is Church Stretton.  Although Longmynd House is less than a mile from the station, it is at the top of a steep hill and there is no taxi rank at the station. Taxis are in extremely limited supply in the Church Stretton area and drivers usually come from further afield which is reflected in fares.

Shrewsbury has more choice of trains, and you can take a taxi directly to the house from the station (see below).    

Check National Rail for train times and routes.

By taxi

From Shrewsbury, it’s a 15-mile journey taking 30 to 40 minutes.

For pricing, please contact Me2You Cars directly.

Me2You Cars
You can pre-book a taxi from our recommended Shrewsbury based company, Me2You Cars*. We recommend booking your taxi at least seven days in advance by contacting:

Tel: +44 (0)1743 537644 or 07791 670110
Email: danielle@me2youcars.com

*Me2You Cars is not owned or managed by HF Holidays.

By car

There’s free car parking at Longmynd House if you decide to drive. 

Follow the A49 to Church Stretton. At the traffic lights turn off into town, then at the first junction turn left onto the High Street. Go straight over the mini-roundabout, and then take the next right into Cunnery Road. Follow the road up the steep hill to Longmynd House.

By air

The nearest airport is Manchester International Airport. 

Trains take about two hours, with a change in Crewe. 

You can also fly into London Heathrow airport, but it’ll take at least 4 hours to reach Shrewsbury by train.

National Rail has up-to-date routes and train times.

The UK has a famously unpredictable climate so it's best to be prepared for weather that’s sunny one minute and raining the next.  To make it easier, here’s a list of items you should consider packing.   

Essentials  

  • Suitable footwear such as waterproof walking boots that provide ankle support and good grip  
  • Waterproof and windproof jacket 
  • Comfortable clothing (jeans & waterproof capes are not suitable)  
  • Mid-layer(s) to keep you warm. Fleeces make a good choice
  • Waterproof overtrousers  
  • Gloves and a warm hat  
  • Rucksack with waterproof liner 
  • Spotting scope and/or binoculars 
  • Flask for hot drinks   
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litre capacity)  
  • Sunscreen  
  • UV sunglasses  

Recommended  

  • Several base layers (long-sleeve or short-sleeve)  
  • Cushioned walking socks to avoid blisters  
  • First aid kit, including plasters and insect repellent 
  • Sit mat   
  • Waterproof pouch for valuables  
  • Rubbish bag (remember to always leave no trace)  
  • Wallet/purse  
  • Camera 
  • First-aid kit 

Longmynd House Calendar

  • Guided Walking
  • Self-Guided Walking
  • Special Interests
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Guest reviews

All holidays are subject to availability. Supplements may apply.

Non-member fee: £30 per person.

All our carefully-curated itineraries are designed by our experts. While we make every effort to adhere to the described itinerary, we may take an alternative route, or vary the running order for weather and/or operational reasons.


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