Take time to discover the landscape and heritage of Shropshire with this perfect mix of guided walks with sightseeing visits. Each holiday visits a selection of museums, historic buildings and attractions, whose entrance is optional. Please allow between up to £60 for admissions, less if you bring your National Trust membership card.
- Walk along parts of the Shropshire Way and the Severn Valley Way
- Discover myths, legends and wildlife on a walk in the Stiperstones Nature Reserve
- Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ironbridge Gorge
- Step back in time among the black and white timbered houses of Ludlow with its medieval castle
- Explore the quaint market town of Much Wenlock, birthplace of the modern Olympics
- Walk on the ramparts of the impressive Powis Castle
On our Guided Walking holidays, we believe that choice is key. Our walks descriptions will help you choose according to your interests and fitness. The walks are grouped together with care by local experts to give the best experience. While every effort will be made to adhere to the described itinerary, we may occasionally vary the sequence shown here or substitute an alternative route to suit local conditions or for other operational reasons, potentially at short notice.
You're welcome to check-in to your room from 2:30 p.m. onwards (upgraded rooms from 1 p.m.) Please join us for afternoon tea.
Distance: Walk 1 - 4½ miles (7km); Walk 2 - 1 mile (1.5km)
Ascent: Walk 1 - 550ft (160m); Walk 2 - 250ft (80m)
In Summary: First walk today is straight from our door to Acton Scott Victorian Farm, (featured in BBC2’s Victorian Farm series). After plenty of time to explore, hop on the coach to the local beauty spot of Carding Mill Valley. There's time there to stretch your legs a little more here, or to take in the views and visit the National Trust information centre with its tearoom, before the second walk of the day, back to Longmynd House.
Distance: 4½ miles (7.5km)
Ascent: 450ft (140m)
In Summary: The day begins by exploring Much Wenlock and its Olympic connections on a town trail. Next, a short transfer to Wyke to join the Shropshire Way and The Severn Valley Way for a country walk, passing some interesting historic sites on the way to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ironbridge Gorge and the fascinating museums at Blist's Hill with its restored Victorian Town. This was the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, and makes for an fantastic afternoon's exploration.
Distance: 3 miles (5km)
Ascent: 200ft (50m)
In Summary: The impressive Stokesay Castle is the first discovery of the day. After time to learn about the stories and histories of this impressive fortified manor house, you travel to historic Mortimer Forest for a walk through picturesque Mary Knoll Valley to Whitcliffe Common and down to the River Teme and the medieval market town of Ludlow. Maybe visit the Castle or take time out and enjoy Ludlow's tea shops and famous food emporiums before continuing your walk through Oakly Park to the award winning Ludlow Food Centre.
Distance: 3 miles (4.5km)
Ascent: 350ft (120m)
In Summary: In the morning, Powis Castle with its celebrated gardens and impressive collection of art, invites you to discover its history. After lunch a coach transfer takes you to the mystical Stiperstones Nature Reserve, an impressive quartzite ridge in the heart of the Shropshire uplands. The area is steeped in myth and legend, and home to a wealth of wildlife including butterfly orchids, red grouse and emperor moths. Your walk ends at The Bog Visitor Centre (try the nipstone nut cake if you've time!).
Distance: 4 miles (6.5km)
Ascent: very little
In Summary: Discover the heritage town of Shrewsbury with its cobbled streets and photogenic black and white architecture. Your final walk begins after a look around the ruins of Haughmond Abbey as you follow the Shropshire Way winding its way along the banks of the Severn into Shrewsbury. Lunchch in the beautiful grounds of Shrewsbury Castle before a town trail to bring to life the history and the sights of the area. Then there's free time to explore Shrewsbury's many sights and perhaps some of the unique shops to be found in the town centre. Options you might want to explore include Shrewsbury Abbey, the museum and art gallery or while away time in the shops and tea shops of the town.
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home.
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.
At the house
- Excellent boot and drying rooms
- Extensive public rooms
- Large dining room with outstanding views of Stretton Valley
- Lounge bar with outstanding views of Stretton 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
- Large heated swimming pool (open May to September)
- Woodland walks on the slopes beneath the hotel
- Sculpture trail
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
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.
- 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 our team.
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, larger television, enhanced toiletries and a fluffy bathrobe & slippers – 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.
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.
For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865
What to Bring
To enjoy walking/hiking comfortably and safely, footwear, clothing and equipment needs to be suitable for the conditions. Safety is our priority and Britain is famous for its changeable weather, 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
- 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 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)
- Walking poles are useful, particularly for descents
- Insect repellent
- Sun hat
- Sun cream
All holidays are subject to availability and prices are subject to change.
Non-Member fee: £10 per person. Non-member associate fee: £10 per person.
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