7-Night Shropshire Hills Walking with Sightseeing Holiday

The English Bridge across the River Severn with United Reformed Church to the right hand side, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, Engla…
Duration: 7 nights
Type: Walks with sightseeing
Walking Grade: 1

Enjoy a week in the Shropshire Hills with a perfect mix of short, guided walks (3-5 miles) combined with time spent sightseeing. History and heritage buffs will relish the opportunity to visit to the fortified manor house of Stokesay Castle, Powis Castle and Shrewsbury Castle and discover the delights of both Ludlow and Shrewsbury. There are walks through the pretty Mary Knoll Valley, along a section of the Shropshire Way and through the Stipertones Nature Reserve. A visit to The Bog Mine & Visitor Centre reveals how lead mining was once an important industry in the area. There’s the chance to visit Acton Scott Hall and time to explore on foot in the beautiful Carding Mill Valley. A journey to the market town of Much Wenlock provides an insight into how the modern Olympic games began while the UNESCO-listed Ironbridge Gorge gives the opportunity to learn about the Industrial Revolution by visiting its various museums.

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 amongst Ludlow's black and white timbered houses and medieval castle
  • Explore the quaint market town of Much Wenlock, birthplace of the modern Olympics
  • Walk on the ramparts of the impressive Powis Castle

What’s included

  • From 01 January 2022, all admission fees to places of interest (including National Trust and English Heritage sites) are included in the price
  • All transport to and from walks and places of interest
  • High quality en-suite accommodation in our country house
  • Full board from dinner upon arrival to breakfast on departure day
  • The services of an HF Holidays Leader

 

Trip Notes

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Enjoy a complimentary Afternoon Tea on arrival.


Distance: Walk 1 - 4½ miles (7km); Walk 2 - 1 mile (1.5km) 

Ascent: Walk 1 - 500ft (140m); Walk 2 - 250ft (80m) 

In Summary: First walk today is straight from our door to Acton Scott Hall, where we will have a guided tour of the house and grounds by the Acton Family, who still call it home. We will then 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: Walk 1 -  2 miles (1.5km) Walk 2 - 3 miles (5km) 

Ascent: Walk 1 - 70ft(50m), Walk 2 - 450ft (140m) 

In Summary: The day begins by in the town of Much Wenlock and exploring its Olympic connections on a town trail walk. 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 a 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 (60m)

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: 2 miles (3.5km) 

Ascent: 300ft (100m) 

In Summary:  In the morning, we start out from The Bog Visitor Centre for a walk taking in the distinctive Stiperstones ridge and on to the quaint village of Stiperstones. After lunch a coach transfer takes you to Powis Castle, with its celebrated gardens and impressive collection of art, for an afternoon discovering its history.


Distance: 4½ miles (7km)

Ascent: 180ft (60m)

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.

 

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.

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. 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.

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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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
2022
24 Jun - 01 Jul 2022
7 2022 Sightseeing Walk £1,135 Unavailable to Book Unavailable Trip Notes
Duration:
7 nights
Type:
Walks with sightseeing
Walking Grade:
1

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