Under 11s Go Free

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 £1,049pp

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, visit the Snailbeach Mine Trail - 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
  • Stiperstones
  • Stokesay Castle

What’s included

  • Full Board en-suite accommodation.
  • 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 PDF’s for each holiday, please click the button below to find the right trip notes for your departure date.

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. Some of our breaks have more than one itinerary. To check which itinerary is running on your holiday date please refer to the Dates, Prices & Trip Notes tab.

Arrive at Longmynd House


Option 1 - Carding Mill Valley

Distance:  4½ miles (7km)  

Total ascent:  1000 feet (300m)

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 (10.5km)

Total ascent: 1,300 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 - Ashes Hollow and Carding Mill Valley

Distance:  7½ miles (12.5km)  

Total ascent: 1650 feet (500m)

In SummaryLeaving from Longmynd House we head through the amazing Ashes Hollow Valley and take in the summit of Pole Bank. We then carry on, walking down the Carding Mill Valley and back to the house.

Highlight: Take in these awesome valleys and discover mountain streams and springs.

Option 4 - Ashes Hollow, Cwmdale and Carding Mill

Distance:  10 miles (16.5km)  

Total ascent: 2050 feet (620m)

In SummaryLeaving from Longmynd House we head through the amazing Ashes Hollow Valley and take in the summit of Pole Bank. We then carry on heading towards All Stretton taking in Cwmdale and return to the house via Carding Mill.

HighlightTake in multiple valleys on this walk.


Option 1 - Ragleth Ridge

Distance: 3½ miles (5½km)  

Total ascent:  900 feet (280m)

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.

 

Option 2 - Stokesay Castle

Distance: 7½ miles (12km) 

Total ascent: 850 feet (260m)

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:  9½ miles (15km)

Total ascent:  1,500 feet (460m)

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: 11½ miles (18km)

Total ascent:  1,900 feet (580m)

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.

 


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


Option 1 - Snailbeach Miners’ Trail & Stiperstones

Distance: 3½ miles (5km)

Total ascent: 750 feet (220m)

In Summary: Starting the walk in Snailbeach, to initially follow the waymarked miners’ trail around the old buildings and workings, and then, after a steady ascent, to the restored miners’ cottages in the heart of the Stiperstones Nature Reserve, before descending to the village of Stiperstones

Highlight: Visit Snailbeach Mines and perhaps a refreshing drink at the Stiperstones Inn at the end.

Option 2 - Snailbeach Miners’ Trail, Oak Hill & Stiperstones

Distance: 5 miles (8.5km)

Total ascent: 1400 feet (420m)

In Summary: Starting the walk in Snailbeach heading through the mine trails, we we then ascend quite steeply up into the Stiperstones Nature Reserve, where we will take in the summit of Oak hill and Castle Ring Fort before ascending further with the option to take in the summit of Manstone Rock, before descending to Stiperstones Village

HighlightTake in the trails of Snailbeach Mine and the history of Castle Ring Fort.

Option 3 - Nipstone Rock

Distance9 miles (14.5km)

Total ascent:1,300 feet (400m)

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: 10½ miles (17km)

Total ascent:  1,500 feet (460m)

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 - Shrewsbury Town Trail

Distance: 3 miles (4.5km)

In Summary:  Explore the medieval and Georgian town of Shrewsbury captured in this trail of the town.

Highlight:  There is plenty to discover and explore and a great children's playground, before a final riverside walk

Option 2 - Haughmond Abbey to Shrewsbury

Distance: 4½ miles (7.5km)

Total ascent: 80 feet (60m)

In Summary This walks starts at Haughmond Abbey, where we walk through the countryside before picking up a path alongside the River Severn and into the centre of Shrewsbury. From here we then explore the medieval and Georgian town of Shrewsbury.

Highlight: Enjoy walking alongside the River Severn, part of Shropshire Way route and explore the fascinating town.

Option 3 - Ratlinghope

Distance: 9 miles (14.5km)

Total ascent: 1,350 feet (420m)

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 - Over Caer Cardoc

Distance: 3 miles (5km)  

Total ascent: 800 feet (240m)

In Summary: We start by heading behind Helmeth hill, before tackling the short, but steep ascent onto the summit of Caer Caradoc, followed by a descent into Comley.

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 - Hope Bowdler Hill Tops and Into the Wilderness

Distance: 4 miles (6km)

Total ascent: 650 feet (200m)

In Summary: This group will head over the Hope Bowdler Hills taking in two summits, before heading down over lower hills and over a stretch called The Wilderness and on into Comley.

HighlightEnjoy views over Church Stretton and Caer Caradoc.

Option 3 - Two Hills

Distance:  9 miles (14km)

Total ascent: 1,950 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: 11½ miles (18km)

Total ascent: 2,700 feet (820m)

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


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Longmynd House

For rural calm in the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the location of this Grade II-listed property is hard to top. Set in a wooded hillside just a 10-minute stroll from the market town of Church Stretton (nicknamed Little Switzerland for its picturesque landscape), you’ll be within walking or driving distance of the Stiperstones, Caer Caradoc, Ironbridge Valley of Invention, and the historic towns of Ludlow and Shrewsbury. And then, of course, there’s the Long Mynd itself – an area of registered common land that has been cared for by a group of farmers (the self-named commoners) who have grazed sheep and ponies here for generations.  Built in 1900, this Church Stretton landmark opened as The Hydropathic Hotel in July 1901 at a cost of £20,000. It was hyped as a glamorous addition to the town, not least for its nine acres of land, dormer windows, fine pitched roof (since replaced), healing waters from the saline spring five miles away, and interior furnishings by Heal's (then known as Heal and Son Limited). Sadly, the venture was not a success. Renamed the Longmynd Hotel, it became the headquarters of St Dunstan’s, a charity for blinded ex-service personnel, in the 1940s (now known as Blind Veterans UK). Approximately 700 men and women learnt new manufacturing skills here in the hope of finding employment after WWII. You’ll notice a blue plaque commemorating this historic period at the entrance, installed during the charity’s centennial year in 2015. The Longmynd has been part of our HF Holidays line-up since 2012.  Nowadays, you’ll find 51 well-appointed guest rooms in two categories (Classic and Premium), some of which have balconies overlooking the wooded surrounds. There’s also a large dining room for a wide range of dishes made with fresh and seasonal ingredients and a licenced bar – both with beautiful views across the Stretton Valley. Elsewhere, there’s several comfortable lounges, a handy boot and drying room, books and games to borrow during your stay, and a Discovery Point offering a wide range of local area maps, route guides, and easy-to-follow information for self-guided walks. The extensive grounds include an animal-themed woodland sculpture trail crafted by chainsaw sculptor, Dave Bytheway. 

 

Need to know

The safety of our guests, team, and leaders is always top of our list. We will closely align ourselves with the latest government advice and guidance on COVID-19 and implement the best possible hygiene practices across our country houses. We ask that you take sensible precautions to protect other people’s health and would appreciate you informing the house team immediately if you feel unwell. For the latest COVID-19 FAQs, please visit our Coronavirus Travel Advice Page

Rooms

Designed with your comfort in mind, Longmynd House has 51 well-appointed guest rooms available in two categories: Classic and Premium. 

Classic Rooms are comfortable en-suite guest rooms, ideal for a peaceful night's sleep. Amenities include free Wi-Fi, tea and coffee-making facilities, toiletries (hand wash, shampoo, and shower gel), and a 23-inch TV. 

Premium Rooms are more spacious en-suite guest rooms offering upgraded views of the surrounds. Amenities include free Wi-Fi, tea and coffee-making facilities, toiletries (hand wash, shampoo, body lotion, shower gel, shower cap), and a 32-inch TV. Extras include bathrobes, slippers, and comfortable mattresses. Please note that an extra charge of £15 per person per night applies for this room type. 

We love: Room 16 for its four-poster bed, separate seating area, and lovely views. Room 44 has a small balcony and outdoor eating area overlooking the heather-clad rise on the far side of the valley. For more privacy, the lodges have their own terrace. 

The Choose Your Room service is available at our UK country houses, allowing you the option of choosing and confirming a specific room for an extra charge of £30 per room. This is subject to availability. Upgrade supplements apply. 

CHECK IN & CHECK OUT 

You are welcome to check in from 4:00pm at the earliest. On arrival, you’ll enjoy a complimentary cream tea and get to meet your fellow guests, our HF Holidays Leaders, and the rest of the friendly team.  

On the day of departure, we kindly ask all guests to check out by 10:00am. You’ll be asked to settle your bill prior to leaving. You may, of course, make a charitable donation to our HF Holidays Pathways Fund if you wish. Please note that we only accept card payments.

About Your Stay

A WARM WELCOME 
We want you to feel comfortable from the moment you arrive. You’ll find a welcome pack in your room with guest registration forms, menus, order forms for dinners and picnic lunches, the Wi-Fi password, and the front door code. Our houses are locked at night, so we recommend noting the Duty Manager’s number on arrival in case of an emergency (or getting locked out). 

EVENING ENTERTAINMENT 
While evening entertainment varies from house to house, the HF Holidays Big Pub Quiz held after dinner on Wednesdays is a weekly staple. Your HF Holidays Leader may be around for tips on guided and self-guided walking routes as well as visit-worthy local attractions. 

WALKS TALKS  
Our HF Holidays Leaders host guided walking information briefings before and after dinner on arrival days. This is followed by a group Walks Talk for information on the following day’s walking delights (usually held before and after dinner, so you can join whenever suits). Self-guided walking guests are, of course, welcome.  

THE WALKING DAY 
Prior to setting off on walks, your HF Holidays Leader will run you through a short safety briefing. There’s also an up-to-date weather forecast on display at the house to ensure you have appropriate clothing and footwear (we recommend anything waterproof enough to keep you dry in a sudden downpour). If you choose to do your own walks or are on a self-guided walking holiday, we ask that you please complete an Independent Walker Card each day. These can be found near the Discovery Point in the house. 

Food & Drink

Led by experienced chefs, we serve a wide range of dishes made with fresh and seasonal ingredients. We always aim to source the best produce available and use home-grown herbs and vegetables from our own gardens whenever possible. Additionally, we have a licenced bar with beers, soft drinks, and a superb selection of spirits. 

Full-board comes as standard and includes a cream tea on arrival and a hearty breakfast on departure day. Most dietary requirements can be catered for, so please inform us of any food intolerances or allergies at the time of booking. Currently, global challenges such as COVID-19 and the war in Ukraine are directly impacting our food and drink supply chain. We thank you for appreciating that menu descriptions are kept flexible to allow for last-minute changes if needed. 

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) Itinerary Double / Twin Room Single Room Notes / Offers Trip Notes Book
2022

12 Aug - 19 Aug 2022

7 nights

Guided Family Walks

Single Fully Booked

Double from

£1,049 pp

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£1,049 pp

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Important Information

Maximum 3 free child places under 11 years per full paying adult price on UK country house stays.

Family rooms are subject to availability. Sole occupancy charges may apply. 

Children under 11 go free

Children 11-17 years on 7-night breaks £99pp 

All children's rates are based on sharing a bedroom with one or more adults.

Children under 14 must be accompanied by a responsible adult on all walks, though this need not be a parent or guardian

Duration:
7 nights
Type:
Family Walking Holidays
Walking Grade:
1 & 3

7 nights from £1,049pp

Under 11s Go Free

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