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7-Night Shropshire Hills Walking with Sightseeing Holiday

British Countryside  Green Hills at Spring
Duration: 7 nights
Type: Walks with sightseeing
Walking Grade: 1
from £955pp

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. For 2021 holidays, please allow approximately £60 for admissions – less if you bring your English Heritage or National Trust cards. For 2022 holidays, all admissions to places of interest will be included in the price. That’s one less thing to remember!

Holiday Highlights

  • 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

Trip Notes

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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.

 


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


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. Lunch 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. 


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

Following the relaxation in government guidance on 19 July, we are continuing to take extra steps to keep our guests leaders, and staff safe in our HF country houses. We ask all our guests to respect the measures put in place.

The English, Scottish and Welsh governments are not in sync, so measures in our country houses will vary between the nations. With the relaxation of social distancing in England, from 19 July we will be allowing larger groups to dine and relax in the bar together. However, we will still give guests space e.g. we will seat 6 people at a table where pre-pandemic we may have seated 8. We will ensure our public rooms are well ventilated by opening doors and windows wherever possible. If you have any concerns about distancing, please speak to the House Manager. The government recommendation for England is to wear face coverings in crowded areas.

In Scotland and Wales physical distancing is still in place so this will be adhered to indoors and outdoors. Guests will need to wear face masks in public areas except when eating and drinking. The Scottish and Welsh governments are reviewing their guidance in August and we will adapt our measures in line with any updated guidance at this time.

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 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. Menus for the week will be available in your room on arrival. A self-service breakfast will be served from 7.45am – 9am. Picnic lunches will now be pre-ordered the night before from an order form in the room. Evening meals will be table service. A dinner order form will be available in each room for completion. Dinner is served at either 7.15pm or 7.30pm. Please check at the house for details. The bar will be open. We will be offering a table service but guests can also come to the bar to order (depending on local restrictions).

At this time the evening social programme has been replaced by individual or small group walks talks which allow guests to talk through the following day’s walk options with leaders. All of our swimming pools have opened as planned, except for Brecon and Glen Coe, which have delayed pool re-openings. Swimming pools are being operated in line with guidance provided by Swim England.

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 or view the accessibility information online for Longmynd House

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Getting to Longmynd House

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Essential Information

“There’s no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong type of clothing!” goes the adage. Come prepared for all eventualities and you’ll walk in comfort as well as safety. Britain’s famous for its changeable weather, so here’s our advice on what to wear and bring.

Essentials

  • Waterproof walking boots providing ankle support and good grip.
  • A waterproof jacket and over-trousers
  • Gloves and a warm hat (it can be chilly at any time of the year)
  • Rucksack
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litre capacity)
  • A small torch (everywhere in winter, year round in mountains)
  • Sun hat and sunscreen
    Denim jeans and waterproof capes are not suitable on any walks.

Recommended

  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed
  • Specialist walking socks to avoid blisters.
  • A first aid kit inc plasters– your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication
  • Sit mat (insulated pad to sit on when you stop for a break)

You might also want

  • Walking poles, particularly useful for descents.
  • Insect repellent
  • Flask for hot drinks
  • Rigid lunch box
  • Gaiters
  • Blister kit (eg Compeed) just in case
  • Waterproof rucksack liner

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
2021
17 Sep - 24 Sep 2021
7 Sightseeing Walk £955 Available Trip Notes Book Now
2022
08 Apr - 15 Apr 2022
7 Sightseeing Walk £1,035 £965 Save £70 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
24 Jun - 01 Jul 2022
7 Sightseeing Walk £1,135 Available Trip Notes Book Now
Duration:
7 nights
Type:
Walks with sightseeing
Walking Grade:
1

7 nights from £955pp

UK 2022: Save up to £70 pp

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