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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 £999pp £949pp

Explore the length and breadth of the Shropshire Hills AONB on our new Shropshire Way. Together, we’ll traverse unspoilt, tranquil countryside, hills with views across the Marches and quaint medieval towns and villages. Along the way we will visit all the highest points in the Shropshire Hills, each boasting excellent opportunities for outstanding hilltop panoramas so be sure to bring your camera!

Holiday Highlights

  • Enjoy that top of the world feeling visiting all the highest points of the Shropshire Hills AONB
  • Explore a stunning linear route journeying through the most spectacular sections of this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
  • Discover a wealth of wildlife and a geologist’s heaven along the way
  • Begin with the myths and legends of the Stiperstones and end in historic black-and-white Ludlow
  • All meals included and comfortable en-suite accommodation
  • Guided walks each day led by an experienced HF Walk Leader

What’s included

  • Full Board en-suite accommodation
  • Services of an experienced HF Holidays Walk Leader
  • All transport to and from the walks

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDF’s for each holiday, please click the button below to find the right trip notes for your departure date.

You're welcome to check in from 4pm onwards.

Enjoy a complimentary Afternoon 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


From Bishop’s Castle we head east, past Oakeley Mynd and on through the hamlets of Totterton and Eyton, down to Plowden. We climb up onto the Long Mynd following the ancient ‘Portway’, passing the Midland Gliding Club. On the right day, we’ll be able to watch dozens of paragliders swooping above. We reach the highest point on the Long Mynd, at Pole Bank, 516m/1,693ft for fantastic views over this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Charming Townbrook Valley then accompanies us back to our base at Longmynd House.

20km/12½miles with 580m/1,900ft of ascent

Upland Heathland Landscape at Summer Bloom


Take a break today. Explore the local area, relax in the pool, or if you’re still keen to stretch your legs, head out on one of our self-guided walking routes.

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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.


A Shropshire Way Map

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

We appreciate that COVID-19 continues to impact the nations.  The English, Scottish and Welsh governments are not always in sync, so measures in our country houses may vary between the nations. We thank all guests for adhering to the measures we have introduced to keep our guests, leaders and team members safe.

You can see our latest FAQs and guarantees at https://www.hfholidays.co.uk/coronavirus-travel-advice 

Ventilation, Physical Distancing Measures and Group Sizes around the Houses

We will keep our public areas well ventilated; for your comfort you might want to pack an extra layer to keep you comfortable.

With the relaxation of physical distancing, we will be allowing larger groups to dine and relax in the bar together.

Hand sanitiser stations will be made available in frequently used public areas for guests and staff use. It is advisable to bring additional hand sanitiser for whilst you are out walking.

We always follow the latest regional government advice, but our one recommendation is don’t forget your face mask! There is no requirement to wear a face covering in communal areas, but you may of course choose to. Some places throughout the UK may still require you to wear a mask even if the government legislation does not. With this in mind we suggest you bring a personal supply of face coverings for the duration of your stay.

Servicing Bedrooms:

At this stage we are not reintroducing our daily room servicing.  Extra tea, coffee, milk, towels and toiletries will be available on request from our team. Bins can be left outside your door for emptying.

COVID-19 Symptoms or Cases 

If a guest has symptoms of COVID-19 then they should inform the house team and immediately self-isolate to minimise any risk of transmission and make arrangements to request a COVID test. If a guest receives a positive test result, they should return home if they reasonably can. They should where possible use private transport but only drive themselves if they can do so safely. If a guest cannot reasonably return home, they should discuss their circumstances with the House Manager. Additional charges may be levied if a guest needs to self-isolate for longer than their planned holiday.

What can you do to help keep everyone safe?

  • Wear a face mask/covering where required and please bring plenty of face coverings for the duration of your stay
  • Carry/use hand sanitiser
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water when possible
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when you cough or sneeze
  • Avoid passing round objects such as cameras & phones
  • If you are displaying symptoms of Coronavirus, please do not travel to an HF Holidays House

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 Classic and Premium 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 ‘Classic’ rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Premium’ 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.

Check in:

Check in opens at 4pm for all guests. Guests will be unable to access any of the Country House facilities, including leaving luggage before 4pm.

We are delighted to invite you to enjoy a complimentary Afternoon Tea on arrival. Relax and meet your fellow guests and leaders. 

Check out:

Check out time: 10am

Please note, you will need to settle your bill before departure and payment will only be possible by card.  Gratuities and donations to the Pathway Fund can also be made by card.

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.

Welcome Information

A Welcome Information Pack providing details about the Country House and your holiday will be available in each bedroom. This personal pack of information will detail what to expect during your stay in the house, the menu for the duration of your stay, dinner & picnic lunch order forms and the guest registration form for completion.

Our houses are locked at night-time and accessible with a door code which is available in the Welcome Pack. However, we also recommend making a note of the Duty Manager number on arrival, in case of an emergency or getting locked out.

Evenings

Join our team after dinner on Wednesday evenings to see if you’ve got the knowledge to triumph in the HF Big Pub Quiz!  There will also be another evening of entertainment at the beginning of the week which will vary depending on the house you are visiting.

If there are leaders resident, they will be available to chat to guests about self-guided walks. You can borrow walking route notes and maps from our Discovery Point.

Walks Talks – Guided Walking Information Briefings

Self-Guided guests are always welcome to join our Guided Walking briefings to hear about the local conditions. 

Our leaders will deliver a Guided Walking Information Briefing on each arrival day before and after dinner followed by a group Walks Talk to let guests know about the following day’s walks. Walks Talks are usually before and after dinner prior to each walking day. The information is repeated so you can join whichever time suits you. 

If you are undecided which walk to do, our leaders will be available in the bar or lounge to answer any questions you might have. Our website contains up-to-date information about the walks for each holiday.

Before you leave for your walk your leader will run through a short safety briefing for the day.

Each day, the latest weather forecast will be displayed for all guests to check to ensure appropriate clothing is worn for the walks.

Please note, if you decide to do your own walks, or you are on a self-guided walking holiday, you must complete an Independent Walker Card each day. These can be found near the Discovery Point in the house.

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. Food at Longmynd House is varied with a strong emphasis on the use of seasonal British produce. Our experienced chefs create each dish using only the freshest ingredients and, when in season, use home grown herbs and vegetables taken from our own gardens to give a true taste of the local area.

Along with many hospitality business across the UK we are presently experiencing disruption to our food and drink supply chain. COVID continues to limit the ability of suppliers to deliver and the war in Ukraine (along with several other global challenges) is impacting availability of many basic products.  We are working hard to ensure that these challenges do not negatively impact your holiday but ask for your understanding should we need to make last minute changes to dishes or menus.

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.

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Essential Information

Essential Equipment

To enjoy walking/hiking comfortably and safely, footwear, clothing and equipment need to be suitable for the conditions. Safety and comfort are our priorities, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities.

  • Footwear with a good grip on the sole (e.g.Vibram sole) is the key to avoiding accidents
  • Waterproof walking/hiking boots providing ankle support and good grip are recommended (ideally worn in), and specialist walking socks to avoid blisters.
  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed, are better than a single layer (include spares)
  • Fabrics (lightweight and fast-drying) designed for the outdoors are recommended
  • Waterproof jacket and waterproof over trousers
  • Warm hat and gloves. Gaiters are an optional but useful extra
  • Denim jeans and capes are not suitable on any walks
  • Rucksack with a waterproof liner
  • Thermos flask for a hot drink
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litre)
  • Spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar
  • Small torch
  • First aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed)

Optional Equipment

  • Walking poles are useful, particularly for descents
  • Insect repellent
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream
  • Camera

 

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: £30 per person.

Holiday Prices

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19 Aug - 26 Aug 2022

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16 Sep - 23 Sep 2022

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Duration:
7 nights
Type:
Guided Trails
Walking Grade:
3

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