UK 2022: Save up to £90 pp

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 £909pp

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 PDFs for each holiday.

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


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. 


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 May to September. 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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Essential Information

Essential Equipment

To enjoy walking/hiking comfortably and safely, footwear, clothing and equipment needs 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 hit drink
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litres)
  • 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

Date (Start - End) Nights Itinerary Price Status Trip Notes Book
2022
20 May - 27 May 2022
7 Guided Trail £999 £909 Save £90 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
19 Aug - 26 Aug 2022
7 Guided Trail £999 £909 Save £90 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
16 Sep - 23 Sep 2022
7 Guided Trail £999 £909 Save £90 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
Duration:
7 nights
Type:
Guided Trails
Walking Grade:
3

7 nights from £999pp £909pp

UK 2022: Save up to £90 pp

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