Classic Break at Church Stretton

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  • Central location
  • Free WiFi
  • Hills & moorland

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Holiday overview

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Join us at Church Stretton for our Classic Break, rich with the traditions of HF Holidays, making it best suited to our long standing guests who have been holidaying with us for years.

During the day, enjoy our usual choice of 3 guided walks. Stretch your legs and appreciate some of Britain's best landscapes.

In the evening relax with like-minded guests during your evening meal, then enjoy a classic mix of evening activities arranged by your leaders. We'll include a great mix of quizzes, games and dancing, rounded off with a traditional party night on the final evening.

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Accommodation

HF Holidays' Longmynd House in Church Stretton

Longmynd House is set in a wonderful elevated location above the town of Church Stretton. With excellent walks on the doorstep, and extensive public rooms, it's an excellent base for our walking and leisure activity holidays.

Longmynd House has 50 bedrooms, all in the main building. There are also 8 brick-built lodges in the grounds - a popular alternative for families or couples, with all the facilities you would expect from HF Holidays.

Choose your room

Classic Rooms
• Check-in from 2:30pm
• Comfortable accommodation
•  En-suite bathroom with bath or shower
• TV
• Hairdryer 
• Tea and coffee-making facilities
• Single rooms are available at no extra charge
Premium Rooms
• Check-in from 1:30pm
• Enjoy extra space or exceptional views 
• Toweling robe, complimentary slippers
• Same facilities as our classic rooms
• Available from an extra £10 per person per night
Family Rooms
• Check-in from 2:30pm
• 3 or 4 beds
• Same facilities as our classic rooms
• Full sized twin or double beds for adults and bunk or occasional beds for children

Facilities

• Excellent boot and drying rooms 
• Extensive public rooms 
• Large dining room with outstanding views of Stretton Valley
• Lounge bar with outstanding views of Stretto 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 
• Patio

• Large heated swimming pool (open May to September)
•  Woodland walks on the slopes beneath the hotel
• Sculpture trail

Dining

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

An example of Church Stretton evening meal

Your evenings

Make the most of your evening or join us at the bar


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.

Accessibility

More details on Church Stretton accessibility

Additional Information

  • 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 staff.

Itinerary

Saturday: Darnford Valley & Betchcott Hills

Option 1: Darnford Valley

View from Bodbury Hill

Distance: 7 miles

Total ascent: 1,050 feet

The walk in a nutshell: Cross the Long Mynd ridge from the hamlet of Bridges to Church Stretton. Our route follows the beautiful Darnford Valley, then heads over Betchcott and Bodbury hills.

Don’t miss: The tranquil Darnford Valley provides an attractive route onto the heather-clad slopes of the Long Mynd.

Option 2: Bodbury Hill

Red kite

Distance: 9 miles

Total ascent: 1,350 feet

The walk in a nutshell: Cross the Gatten Hills, then ascend steadily along the Darnford Valley to cross the Long Mynd ridge and head to Church Stretton over Bodbury Hill. 

Don’t miss: The heather-clad ridge of the Long Mynd dominates the skyline above Church Stetton. Soak up the extensive views as you cross the ridge and descend towards Church Stretton.

Option 3: Over the Long Mynd

Long Mynd panorama

Distance: 13 miles

Total ascent: 2,150 feet

The walk in a nutshell: Follow the Shropshire Way from the village of Pulverbatch over Wilderley Hill. Our route continues over the Long Mynd and along the stunning grassy ridge to Church Stretton.

Don’t miss: On a clear day you'll enjoy sweeping views across Shropshire and the Welsh hills.

 

Sunday: The Stretton Hills

Option 1: Slopes of Caer Caradoc

View through the fields to Caer Caradoc

Distance: 7 miles

Total ascent: 1,200 feet

The walk in a nutshell: A pleasant introductory circuit around Church Stretton. The route takes us across the valley and along a scenic path which traverses around the slopes of Caer Caradoc hill.

Don’t miss: Enjoy views over Church Stretton and the Long Mynd as we follow the balcony path around Caer Caradoc.

Option 2: Caer Caradoc

View from the summit of Caer Caradoc

Distance: 9 miles

Total ascent: 2,000 feet

The walk in a nutshell: We cross the valley to ascend the long ridge of Hope Bowdler Hill. Our second summit is the shapely Caer Caradoc Hill.

Don’t miss: 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: Three Stretton Hills

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Distance: 11 miles

Total ascent: 2,750 feet

The walk in a nutshell: Climb the three iconic hills that dominate the eastern skyline above Church Stretton. We walk via Little Stretton onto Ragleth Hill then on via Hope Bowdler Hill and Caer Caradoc. 

Don’t miss: Expect some steep ascents as you traverse the three summits, but the outstanding views are great reward for your efforts.

 

Tuesday: Clun Valley

Option 1: Stokesay Castle

Stokesay Castle

Distance: 7 miles

Total ascent: 500 feet

The walk in a nutshell: 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 visit Stokesay Castle.

Don’t miss: Stokesay Castle is a real gem; a 13th Century fortifed manor house that was beseiged during the English Civil War.

Option 2: Clunton to Craven Arms

The green hills of the Clun Valley

Distance: 9 miles

Total ascent: 1,400 feet

The walk in a nutshell: From Clunton walk over Merry Hill to join the Shropshire Way. We continue past the the pretty village of Hopesay to Stokesay Castle then beside the River Teme to Craven Arms.

Don’t miss: 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 3: Shropshire Way

Shropshire Way sign

Distance: 11 miles

Total ascent: 1,800 feet

The walk in a nutshell: 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 villlage of Kempton and Hopesay.

Don’t miss: Hopesay Hill may lack the height of the more famous Shropshire Hills, but its a delightful viewpoint with views over the rolling green countryside.

 

Wednesday: Stiperstones

Option 1: Beneath Stiperstones

Friendly HF leader

Distance: 7½ miles

Total ascent: 1,000 feet

The walk in a nutshell: Follow an undulating route over the rolling Shropshire hills to The Bog visitor centre, then skirt round Stiperstones, a very distinctive hill crowned with quartzite scree.

Don’t miss: Discover the area's rich history as you explore a Bronze Age stone circle and learn about the area's lead and barytes mines.

Option 2: Stiperstones Ridge

Stiperstones

Distance: 9 miles

Total ascent: 1,300 feet

The walk in a nutshell: Discover the Mitchell’s Fold stone circle, then walk over Mucklewick Hill to Nipstone Rock, then traverse the full Stiperstones ridge.

Don’t miss: The quartzite ridge of Stiperstones is  the most distinctive hill in Shropshire. With its rugged screes, and rocky outcrops it is quite unlike the rolling green hills that typify the rest of the county.

Option 3: Along Stiperstones

Nipstone Rocks

Distance: 11 miles

Total ascent: 1,550 feet

The walk in a nutshell: A longer route that explores Stapeley Hill and the rolling Shropshire countryside, before traversing the length of the rugged Stiperstones ridge.

Don’t miss: The final stretch along Stiperstones Ridge is most enjoyable with panoramic views over the Shropshire and Welsh countryside.

 

Thursday: Pole Bank & Long Mynd Valleys

Option 1: Pole Bank

Carding Milll Valley

Distance: 6½ miles

Total ascent: 1,350 feet

The walk in a nutshell: Ascend via Rectory Woods to the Townbrook Valley – a steady ascent up this valley leads to the heather moorland of the Long Mynd and its summit, Pole Bank. We descend down the highly scenic Carding Mill Valley.

Don’t miss: Relax at the National Trust cafe in the Carding Mill Valley and enjoy the views of this local beauty spot.

Option 2: Along the Long Mynd

Upper reaches of the Carding Mill valley

Distance: 10½ miles

Total ascent: 700 feet

The walk in a nutshell: Head to the top of the Long Mynd via the Townbrook Valley. We then head south along the ridge to Minton Hill, before returning via the village of Little Stretton.

Don’t miss: The great ridge of the Long Mynd rises behind our country house, offering miles of outstanding walking. Soak up the panoramic views over the Shropshire countryside.

Option 3: Over the ridge

View from the the top of the Long Mynd

Distance: 12 miles

Total ascent: 2,550 feet

The walk in a nutshell: 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 the Townbrook Valley to Church Stretton.

Don’t miss: A challenging walk, but one with many rewards as you explore the very best of the Long Mynd.

Local area

Discover Shropshire

During your stay at Longmynd House you may enjoy visiting the following places of interest, either in your free time, or on your journey to and from Shropshire:

The attractive small town of Church Stretton is around 10 minutes' walk away. After the arrival of the railway, the town grew in the Victorian and Edwardian eras and became known as 'Little Switzerland' due to the dramatic hills on both sides of the valley. Today the town retains its bygone charm and has a range of facilities including a variety of small shops, banks, cafés, pubs and a supermarket.

Black and white timbered shops in LudlowLudlow
Easily reached by  train, or around 20 minutes' drive away, Ludlow is a particularly attractive market town. The historic centre retains many of its medieval buldings, and is towered over by its well-preserved castle. In recent years the town has developed as something of a gastronomic centre, being home to celebrated Michelin-starred restaurants and many acclaimed local food producers. www.ludlowcastle.com

Iron bridge across the River SevernIronbridge Gorge
A little further afield, about 45 minutes' drive from Church Stretton, are the many excellent museums of Ironbridge Gorge. Known as the 'birthplace of the Industrial Revolution' it was here that Abraham Darby perfected the manufacture of cast iron which was later used to build the area's iconic iron bridge across the River Severn. Today there are 10 museums in the gorge including the Museum of Iron, the Coleport China Museum and the excellent Blists Hill Victorian town. www.ironbridge.org.uk/

Steam trains at a station on the Severn Valley RailwaySevern Valley Railway
The Severn Valley Railway is one of Britain's premier steam railways. This lovingly recreated Great Western Railway branch line is now run largely by volunteers and is home to an impressive collection of locomotives. As its name suggests the line follows the rural valley of the River Severn from Bridgnorth to Kidderminster. The nearest station at Bridgnorth is about 40 minutes' drive from Church Stretton. www.svr.co.uk

Horse and plough at work at Acton Scott farmActon Scott Working Farm
Situated just 10 minutes' drive from Church Stretton, the Acton Scott Working Farm Museum is a living museum based around a restored Victorian farm. In recent years this has featured in the BBC2 series Victorian Farm and Escape in Time. www.actonscott.com 

 

 

Shrewsbury
Also easily reached by train, or a 30 minute drive, Shrewsbury is the county town of Shropshire. The town centre is particularly attractive featuring many black and white timber houses dating from the 15th and 16th centuries. 

Much Wenlock
The small town of Much Wenlock, about 30 minutes' drive from Church Stretton, is particularly attractive with many black and white timbered houses. Despite its small size the town can claim to be the birthplace of the modern Olympic Games.

Hereford
The cathedral city of Hereford, is just under an hour's drive away, and can also be reached by direct train from Church Stretton. Hereford Cathedral houses a chained library and the famous Mappa Mundi, a 13th century map of the world. www.herefordcathedral.org

Attingham Park
A grand 18th century house surrounded by an extensive deer park, located outside Shrewsbury, around 25 minutes' drive away. Now managed by the National Trust you can visit the ornate rooms and explore the walled garden and grounds. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/attingham-park

Powis Castle and its surrounding gardensPowis Castle
This former medieval fortress has been remodelled  over more than 400 years – each generation adding to the magnificent collection of paintings, sculpture, furniture and tapestries. Theworld-famous garden is overhung with clipped yews, and shelters rare and tender plants. The castle is located near Welshpool, about 45 minutes' drive from Church Stretton. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/powis-castle

 

Walls of Chirk CastleChirk Castle
Just under an hour's drive north of Church Stretton, Chirk Castle is a fine medieval fortress completed in 1310. As well as military displays, the castle was also a domestic home for many centuries, and is surrounded by excellent gardens. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/chirk-castle

 

 

Powis Castle image ©National Trust/Andrew Butler, Chirk Castle image ©National Trust ImagesMatthew Antrobus

Travel

Travel to Church Stretton

Our address is: Longmynd House, Cunnery Road, Church Stretton, Shropshire SY6 6AG

How to get to us by train

By train:

The nearest train station is Church Stretton, which is less than a mile from Longmynd House. However the house is at the top of a very steep hill (it has great views!) so a taxi is recommended, particularly if you have heavy luggage. For train times and general rail enquiries visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or call 03457 484950 (from outside the UK call +44 20 7278 5240).

Use an HF transfer

HF station transfer - great value!

Our station transfer operates every Friday and Monday between Church Stretton station and Longmynd House. The pickup is at 3.15pm from Church Stretton station. On departure day the transfer will get you back to the station for 9.15am or 9.45am. This transfer costs just £5 return, however a place must be reserved in advance by calling 0345 470 7558.

Get to us by Taxi

By taxi:

If you can’t meet our station transfer it is possible to book a taxi. Details of our current recommended taxi company and rates will be sent to you with your booking. The return taxi journey can be arranged on your behalf by the Longmynd House Manager.

Driving to us

By car:

Follow the A49 to Church Stretton. At the traffic lights turn off the A49 into the town. At the first T junction turn left into the High Street. Go straight over the mini-roundabout, and then take the next right into Cunnery Road. Follow the road up a steep hill and around a hairpin bend. Longmynd House is at the top of the hill on the left hand side. Look out for our sign. A car park is available in the grounds with free parking.

 Travel by plane

Travelling from overseas

Manchester Airport has the quickest onward connections to Church Stretton. Trains from the airport take 2 hours, with one change at Crewe. See www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times.

Flying to London Heathrow airport is another option, but has a longer onward train journey - allow at least 4½ hours to reach Church Stretton by train. There are a variety of routes, but the most convenient is to change at London Paddington and Newport as this avoid crossing London. See www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times.

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31 Aug 2018 CSCLA - Guided Walking - Classic Breaks - Church Stretton 7 £845.00 £745.00 Early Booking Offer - Save £100 Per Person Book Now

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