Walking with Sightseeing at Church Stretton
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Choosing the level of your walks
Our easy grading system shows whether a region offer gentle strolls or more challenging routes to help you choose the right holiday for you. Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we grade our walks 1 to 5 (where 1 is easy and 5 hard). Our challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.
Take time to discover the landscape and heritage of Shropshire with this perfect mix of guided walks with sightseeing visits. Our walks head to the quaint market town of Much Wenlock, birthplace of the modern Olympics, and Ludlow with its medieval castle and black and white timbered houses. Other highlights include Powis Castle, Acton Scott farm, and Ironbridge Gorge.
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
• Check in from 2:30pm
• Comfortable accommodation
• En-suite bathroom with bath or shower
• 23 inch TV
• Tea and coffee-making facilities
• Double or two single beds
• Single rooms are available at no extra charge
• Same facilities as our classic rooms plus...
• Check in from 1pm
• Enjoy extra space or exceptional views
• Larger beds
• Toweling robe, complimentary slippers
• Ultradown pillows
• Smalls drying rack
• Small welcome gift
• Luxury tea tray
• Enhanced toiletries
• Available from an extra £15 per person per night
• 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
|• 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
|• 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.
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 staff.
Saturday: Acton Scott Farm & Carding Mill Valley
Today we’ll walk straight from our door to Acton Scott Victorian Farm, (featured in BBC2’s Victorian Farm series). 4½ miles (7km) with 550ft (160m) of ascent. After plenty of time to explore, we hop on our transport which takes us 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 we walk back to Longmynd House. 1 mile (1½km) with 250ft (80m) of ascent.
Sunday: The birth place of the Olympics and Ironbridge Gorge
We begin by exploring Much Wenlock and its Olympic connections on a town trail; then we've a short transfer to Wyke where we 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. 4½ miles (7½km) with 450ft (140m) of ascent.
Monday: free day
Tuesday: Stokesay Castle, Ludlow and Mortimer Forest
The impressive Stokesay Castle is our first discovery of the day. After time to learn about the stories and histories of this impressive fortified manor house, we 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. 3 miles (5km) with 250 feet (80m) of ascent. Maybe visit the Castle or take time out and enjoy Ludlow's tea shops and famous food emporiums before we continue our walk through Oakly Park to the award winning Ludlow Food Centre. 3 miles (5km) with 200ft (50m) of ascent.
Wednesday: Powis Castle & The Stiperstones
Powis Castle with its celebrated gardens and impressive collection of art, invites us to discover its history with our sightseeing this morning. After lunch we transfer over 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. We end our walk at The Bog (try the nipstone nut cake if you've time!). 3 miles (4½km) with 350ft (120m) of ascent.
The heritage town of Shrewsbury with its cobbled streets and photogenic black and white architecture. We begin our final walk after a look around the ruins of Haughmond Abbey as we follow the Shropshire Way winding its way along the banks of the Severn into Shrewsbury where we will have our lunch in the beautiful grounds of Shrewsbury Castle. We have a town trail to bring to light the history and the sights of the area, before 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. 4 miles (6½km) with very little ascent.
- Walking generally on good paths or quiet lanes; occasionally rough or stony underfoot and with some short, steeper sections. Walks are up to 4.5 miles (7km) with up to 550 feet (160m) of ascent.
- Each holiday visits a selection of museums, historic buildings and attractions, whose entrance is optional. Please allow between £20 and £40 for admissions, less if you bring your National Trust car
- The seven night holiday has a free day on the Monday for you to explore independently
- For the 5 night Walking with Sightseeing holiday starting on 16 July, your itinerary will include each of the days above, other than "The birth place of the Olympics and Ironbridge Gorge" day
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.
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
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/
Severn 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
Acton 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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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 to Church Stretton
Our address is: Longmynd House, Cunnery Road, Church Stretton, Shropshire SY6 6AG
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. Please note that Church Stretton is a small town and taxis are not always available.
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).
NOTE: Taxis are not available at the train station and there is no a cab service in Church Stretton. If a guest telephones for a cab on arrival at the station one will come from Craven Arms (another village approximately 10 miles away). The charge for this service Longmynd House is £18.00. Why not book a HF station transfer in advance for just £7 (details below).
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, 9.45am or 10:25. This transfer costs just £7 return, however a place must be reserved 7 days in advance by calling 0345 470 7558.
NOTE: If you do not book in advance, taxis are not available at the train station and there is no a cab service in Church Stretton. If you telephone for a cab on arrival at the station one will come from Craven Arms (another village approximatel 10 miles away). The charge for this service Longmynd House is £18.00.
If you can’t meet our station transfer it is possible to book a taxi. Taxis can be limited so please pre-book. 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.
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.
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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|28 Sep 2018||CSWOD - Guided Walking with Sightseeing - Church Stretton||3||£349.00||Book Now|
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