7-Night Shropshire Hills Family Walking Adventure

Heathland habitat, Stiperstones, Shropshire, England
Duration: 7 nights
Type: Family Walking Holidays
Walking Grade: 1, 3 & 5
from £959pp

The Shropshire Hills are full of wonderful walking trails, history and heritage. Heather-covered hills, wooded valleys and rocky ridges lead to Iron Age forts, historic castles and bustling market towns. The area is also renowned for its many spooky myths and legends; find out what happened to Wild Edric! The ridge of Long Mynd and the tops of Caer Caradoc and Ragleth Hills provide wonderful elevated viewsacross the Shropshire Hills while routes through the Carding Mill Valley provide a different perspective. Walk amongst the jumbled quartz tors of the Stiperstones, learn about the lost mining village of The Bog and visit a 13th century fortified manor house that was besieged during the English Civil War. The Shropshire Hills have much to intrigue curious minds and satisfy energetic legs.

Holiday Highlights

FAMILY FUN AT LONGMYND HOUSE

  • Boat building and race in the pool
  • Dam building in Carding Mill Valley
  • Fun games such as Bag Beetle
  • Family quiz night

THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO SEE...

  • Explore the museums of Ironbridge Gorge
  • Ride on the Severn Valley Railway
  • Acton Scott Working Farm – a living museum
  • Stiperstones
  • Stokesay Castle

What’s included

  • Full Board en-suite accommodation.
  • Max guests in house: 132
  • Family rooms: 20
  • A full programme of walks guided by HF Leaders
  • All transport to and from the walks
  • Free Wi-Fi

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDFs for each holiday.

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Arrive at Longmynd House


Option 1 - Carding Mill Valley

Distance:  4½ miles (7km)  

Total ascent:  850 feet (250m)

In Summary: Walk from Longmynd House to the Carding Mill Valley. We'll continue to the valley's upper reaches to visit a waterfall and reservoir.

HighlightDiscover mountain streams and mini-reservoirs, waterfalls and fords, then soak yourself in the Edwardian spa waters of Church Stretton.

 

Option 2 - The Valley Loop

Distance: 6½ miles (10km)

Total ascent: 1,330 feet (400m)

In Summary: From Townbrook Valley, on our doorstep a steady ascent leads to the heather moorland of the Long Mynd and its summit, Pole Bank. We descend down the highly scenic Carding Mill Valley.

Highlight: Relax at the National Trust cafe in the Carding Mill Valley and enjoy the views of this local beauty spot.

 

Option 3 - Long Mynd Ridge

In Summary: 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 Townbrook Valley to Church Stretton.

HighlightLittle walked and peaceful Adstone Hill, the challenge of the very best of the Long Mynd, and the views west.

Distance: 12 miles (19km)

Total ascent: 2,400 feet (720m)


Option 1 - Ragleth Ridge

In SummaryA local walk to climb Ragleth Hill, the first summit of the week.

HighlightExperience the thrill of ridge walking with 360 degree views. From the top of Ragleth Hill you can gaze down over Church Stretton and the surrounding hills.

Distance: 3½ miles (5½km)  

Total ascent:  700 feet (220m)

Option 2 - Stokesay Castle

Distance: 7 miles (11km) 

Total ascent: 500 feet (150m)

In SummaryWalk 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 see Stokesay Castle.

HighlightStokesay Castle is a real gem; a 13th Century fortified manor house that was besieged during the English Civil War.

 

Option 3 - Clun Valley

Distance:  9 miles (14½km)

Total ascent:  1,400 feet (420m)

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

Highlight: 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 4 - Shropshire Way

Distance: 11 miles (17½km)

Total ascent:  1,800 feet (540m)

In SummaryWalk 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 villlages of Kempton and Hopesay.

Highlight: Hopesay Hill may lack the height of the more famous Shropshire Hills, but its a delightful viewpoint with views over the rolling green countryside.

 



Option 1 - Stiperstones superstitions!

Distance: 4 miles (6½km)

Total ascent: 650 feet (220m)

In SummaryTraverse along the slopes of the Stiperstones, visiting The Bog visitor centre and finishing at Stiperstones village.

HighlightMad Jack Mytton and Wild Edric; Brother Cadfael and the Shrophsire Lad – meet with them down at The Bog as we walk in the shadows of the Stiperstones.

 

Option 2 - Over the Stiperstones

Distance: 7½ miles (12km)

Total ascent: 1,000 feet (300m)

In SummaryFollow 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.

HighlightDiscover the area's rich history as you explore a Bronze Age stone circle and learn about the area's lead and barytes mines.

 

Option 3 - Nipstone Rock

Highlight9 miles (14½km)

Total ascent:1,300 feet (390m)

In Summary: Discover the Mitchell’s Fold stone circle, then walk over Mucklewick Hill to Nipstone Rock, then traverse the full Stiperstones ridge.

Highlight Mitchell's Fold is a Bronze Age stone circle set in dramatic moorland. Hear about it's legends as we start this fabulous walk.

 

Option 4 - Stiperstones & more

Distance: 11 miles (17½km)

Total ascent:  1,500 feet (450m)

In Summary A longer route that explores Stapeley Hill and the rolling Shropshire countryside, before traversing the length of the rugged Stiperstones ridge.

Highlight:  The final stretch along the spectacular Stiperstones Ridge is most enjoyable with panoramic views over the Shropshire and Welsh countryside.

 


Option 1 - Shrowsbury or Shroosbury?

Distance: 3 miles (4½km)

Total ascent: 150 feet (50m)

In Summary Explore the medieval and Georgian town of Shrewsbury captured in the loop of the river Severn. We finish at the beautiful quarry with the floral legacy of Percy Thrower, an extensive grass play area sloping to the river and a variety of play areas.

Highlight “Cross ancient bridge from west or east to savour Salop’s tasty feast.” There's plenty to discover including the town's links with Charles Darwin, Clive of India, Scrooge and Brother Cadfael.

 

Option 2 - Trek home from Bridges

Distance:  7 miles (11km)  

Total ascent: 1,100 feet (330m)

In Summary: Our route follows the beautiful Darnford Valley, then heads over Betchcott and Bodbury hills to cross Long Mynd and return to the house.

Highlight: The tranquil Darnford Valley provides an attractive route onto the heather-clad slopes of the Long Mynd and Golden Valley with its dwarf gorse bushes.

 

Option 3 - Ratlinghope

Distance: 9 miles (15km)

Total ascent: 2,000 feet (600m)

In SummaryStarting in the upper East Onny valley we cross the Gatten hills in view of the Stiperstones ridge and turn to reach Ratlinghope in the Darnford Valley. Thereafter we follow the Easier Walk route back to the Longmynd.

HighlightThe heather-clad ridge of the Long Mynd dominates the skyline above Church Stretton. Enjoy the extensive views as you cross the ridge and descend towards Church Stretton.

 

Option 4 - In Search of Wild Eric

Distance: 12 miles (20km)

Total ascent: 2,200 feet (660m)

In SummaryWe start in the village Pulverbatch and follow the Shropshire Way over Wilderley Hill to Thresholds. Our route then turns west to the upper East Onny valley. We then follow the Option 3 route.

HighlightOn a clear day you'll enjoy sweeping views across Shropshire and the Welsh hills.

 


Option 1 - Conquering Caer Caradoc

Distance: 4 miles (6km)  

Total ascent:1,000 feet (300m)

In Summary: A short, but steep ascent onto the summit of Caer Caradoc, followed by a descent to the village of All Stretton.

Highlight: Our brave band of trekkers will scale the grassy bank and breach the earthwork ramparts of this iron-age fort which has watched over us all week.

 

Option 2 - Circling Caer Caradoc

Distance: 6 miles (9½km)

Total ascent: 1,200 feet (360m)

In Summary: A lovely route around Church Stretton. Head across the valley and along a scenic path which runs along the slopes of Caer Caradoc hill.

HighlightEnjoy views over Church Stretton and the Long Mynd as we follow the balcony path around Caer Caradoc.

 

Option 3 - Two Hills

Distance:  9 miles (15km)

Total ascent: 2,000 feet (600m)

In SummaryWe cross the valley to ascend the long ridge of Hope Bowdler Hill. Our second summit is the shapely Caer Caradoc Hill.

HighlightLook 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 4 - Make that three!

Distance: 11 miles (18km)

Total ascent: 2,700 feet (810m)

In SummaryYou'll now be fit enough to tackle three summits in one walk! 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.  

HighlightThe satisfaction of bagging 3 hills with outstanding views.

 


Depart after breakfast


Shropshire Family Walking Itinerary Map

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.

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
  • 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

Your evenings

 

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.

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 our team.

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, 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.

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.

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What to Bring

Suggested Kit List

  • a rucksack,
  • a waterproof jacket
  • waterproof over trousers,
  • a spare jumper or fleece,
  • sun protection cream,
  • a water bottle (at least 1 litre),
  • some spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar
  • a small torch
  • first aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed).

    (in spring, autumn and winter)

  • a hat and gloves (Britainis famous for its changeable weather after all!)
  • You might find walking poles useful, particularly for descents (the kids usually find their own big stick en route!).
  • thermos flask for a hot drink
  • sun hat
  • towel for paddling on hot days

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability and prices are subject to change.
Non-member associate fee: £10 per person.

Holiday Prices

Date (Start - End) Version Price Status Trip Notes Book
2020
31 Jul / 07 Aug Version 1 (runs 2019/20) £969 Under 18s Go Free - Call To Book 0345 470 7558 Book Now
07 Aug / 14 Aug Version 1 (runs 2019/20) £969 Under 18s Go Free - Call To Book 0345 470 7558 Book Now
21 Aug / 28 Aug Version 1 (runs 2019/20) £959 Under 18s Go Free - Call To Book 0345 470 7558 Book Now
Duration:
7 nights
Type:
Family Walking Holidays
Walking Grade:
1 & 3

7 nights from £959pp

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