Shropshire Hills Family Walking Adventure
The rolling hills around Church Stretton offer fabulous views
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Hills & moorland
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.
Children Aged 5 and Under Go FREE
Our country house, Longmynd House, has extensive grounds with plenty of space to play, a wildlife sculpture trail and an outdoor heated pool. Enjoy walks straight from the door over the Carding Mill Valley and explore castles and hill forts. This is the perfect location for a Family Adventure Holiday.
- Choice of up to 4 walks per day
- Climb to the ramparts of an iron age fort
- Step into the mysterious world of the Stiperstones
- Take a train ride to Shrewsbury - birthplace of Charles Darwin!
- Relax and enjoy splashing around in our heated outdoor pool
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.
These rooms are all ensuite and furnished to a good standard. They include:
These rooms are slightly larger and/or have a better view. They include:
Only an extra £15 per person per night
Choose Your Room: Our new “Choose Your Room” service is available at our UK country houses, providing the option to choose and confirm a specific room for an extra £30 per room. Supplement to upgrade to 'Better' rooms still apply. The choice of room number must be of the same room type as originally booked and is subject to availability.
At the house
|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.
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.
- 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.
Our family holidays offer the choice of up to 4 guided walks each day – you can choose an Easier Walk one day and switch to a Harder Walk the next. Our routes range from short strolls that are ideal for little legs, to more challenging hill walks that will appeal to active teenagers.
- Adventure: each day choose from up to 4 different guided walks, with opportunities for longer walks up on the Longmynd and the surrounding hills
- Expert leaders: our friendly leaders are the cornerstone of these guided holidays and will ensure that families get the most out of the walks
- Peace of mind: only families can book on our dedicated Family holidays - the kids get the run of the Country House in a safe environment
- Free day: on our 7 night holidays, enjoy a day without walks to get out and make the most of the nearby family-friendly attractions
The Long Mynd and Cardingmill Valley
2019: Available on: Tues 28 May, Sat 3 Aug, Sat 10 Aug
Option 1: Carding Mill Valley
Distance: 4½ miles (7km)
Total ascent: 850 feet (250m)
The walk in a nutshell: Walk from Longmynd House to the Carding Mill Valley. We'll continue to the valley's upper reaches to visit a waterfall and reservoir.
Don't miss: Discover 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)
The walk in a nutshell: 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.
Don’t miss: Relax at the National Trust cafe in the Carding Mill Valley and enjoy the views of this local beauty spot.
Option 3: Long Mynd Gliders
Distance: 10½ miles (17km)
Total ascent: 1,950 feet (580m)
The walk in a nutshell: Head to the top of the Long Mynd via Townbrook Valley. We then head south along the ridge to Minton Hill, before returning to our country house via the village of Little Stretton.
Don’t miss: The great ridge of the Long Mynd rises behind our country house, offering miles of outstanding walking. Soak up the panoramic views over the Gliding Station and Welsh Borderlands.
Option 4: Long Mynd Ridge
Distance: 12 miles (19km)
Total ascent: 2,400 feet (720m)
The walk in a nutshell: 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.
Don’t miss: Little walked and peaceful Adstone Hill, the challenge of the very best of the Long Mynd, and the views west.
The Clun Valley and Craven Arms
2019: Available on: Sun 4 Aug, Sun 11 Aug
Option 1: Ragleth Ridge
Distance: 3½ miles (5½km)
Total ascent: 700 feet (220m)
The walk in a nutshell: A local walk to climb Ragleth Hill, the first summit of the week.
Don’t miss: Experience 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: 7 miles (11km)
Total ascent: 500 feet (150m)
The walk in a nutshell: Walk 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 visit Stokesay Castle.
Don’t miss: Stokesay Castle is a real gem; a 13th Century fortifed manor house that was beseiged during the English Civil War.
Option 3: Clun Valley
Distance: 9 miles (14½km)
Total ascent: 1,400 feet (420m)
The walk in a nutshell: 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.
Don’t miss: 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)
he walk in a nutshell: Walk 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.
Don’t miss: Hopesay Hill may lack the height of the more famous Shropshire Hills, but its a delightful viewpoint with views over the rolling green countryside.
Steeped in Myths on the Stiperstones
2019: Available on: Wed 29 May, Tues 6 Aug, Tues 13 Aug
Option 1: Stiperstones superstitions!
Distance: 4 miles (6½km)
Total ascent: 650 feet (220m)
The walk in a nutshell: Traverse along the slopes of the Stiperstones, visiting The Bog visitor centre and finishing at Stiperstones village.
Don't miss: Mad 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)
The walk in a nutshell: Follow 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.
Don’t miss: Discover 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
Distance: 9 miles (14½km)
Total ascent: 1,300 feet (390m)
The walk in a nutshell: Discover the Mitchell’s Fold stone circle, then walk over Mucklewick Hill to Nipstone Rock, then traverse the full Stiperstones ridge.
Don’t miss: 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)
he walk in a nutshell: A longer route that explores Stapeley Hill and the rolling Shropshire countryside, before traversing the length of the rugged Stiperstones ridge.
Don’t miss: The final stretch along the spectacular Stiperstones Ridge is most enjoyable with panoramic views over the Shropshire and Welsh countryside.
Darnford Valley and Betchcott Hills
2019: Available on: Wed 7 Aug, Wed 14 Aug
Option 1: Shrowsbury or Shroosbury?
Distance: 3 miles (4½km)
Total ascent: 150 feet (50m)
The walk in a nutshell: 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.
Don't miss: “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)
The walk in a nutshell: Our route follows the beautiful Darnford Valley, then heads over Betchcott and Bodbury hills to cross Long Mynd and return to the house.
Don’t miss: 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)
The walk in a nutshell: Starting 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.
Don’t miss: The 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)
The walk in a nutshell: We 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.
Don't miss: On a clear day you'll enjoy sweeping views across Shropshire and the Welsh hills.
The Stretton Hills
2019: Available on: Thurs 30 May, Thurs 8 Aug, Thurs 15 Aug
Option 1: Conquering Caer Caradoc
Distance: 4 miles (6km)
Total ascent: 1,000 feet (300m)
The walk in a nutshell: A short, but steep ascent onto the summit of Caer Caradoc, followed by a descent to the village of All Stretton.
Don't miss: 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)
The walk in a nutshell: A lovely route around Church Stretton. Head across the valley and along a scenic path which runs along the slopes of Caer Caradoc hill.
Don’t miss: Enjoy 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)
The walk in a nutshell: We cross the valley to ascend the long ridge of Hope Bowdler Hill. Our second summit is the shapely Caer Caradoc Hill.
Don’t miss: Look 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)
The walk in a nutshell: You'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.
Don’t miss: The satisfaction of bagging 3 hills with outstanding views.
Terrain and transport: Family and Easier Walks generally have gentle gradients, but we still give the option of a challenge or two! Medium Walks are on undulating paths. Harder Walks follow undulating paths with steeper sections.
On some days the walks start or finish at The Longmynd; on other days we use hired transport at the start and/or end of the walks. The cost of all transport to and from the walks (including the train to Shrewsbury) is included in the price of your holiday.
Activities at Longmynd House: After a sociable evening meal you could join in an evening activity created specifically for all the family or use the Country House facilities.
Your leaders will inform you about the choice of walks for the next day and answer any questions you may have. The family and easier walks have been designed to offer genuine choice of walks: not too far, not too tough but stacked with interest and offering occasional challenge.
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 steep hill (it has great views!) so a taxi is recommended.
For train times and route planning by train visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or phone 03457 48 49 50.
NOTE: Unfortunately taxis are not readily available at Church Stretton railway station particularly between 2pm and 4.30pm . If you call for a taxi on arrival at the station one will come from Craven Arms (another village approximately 10 miles away). The charge for this service to Longmynd House is £18. We therefore recommend booking a HF Holidays 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 14 days in advance by calling 020 8732 1220.
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.
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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|27 May 2019||CSFAM - Shropshire Hills Family Walking Adventure - Church Stretton||4||£579.00||£578.00||Book Now|
|5 Aug 2019||CSFAM - Shropshire Hills Family Walking Adventure - Church Stretton||4||£579.00||£578.00||Book Now|
|9 Aug 2019||CSFAM - Shropshire Hills Family Walking Adventure - Church Stretton||7||£929.00||£928.00||Book Now|
|9 Aug 2019||CSFAM - Shropshire Hills Family Walking Adventure - Church Stretton||3||£419.00||£418.00||Book Now|
|12 Aug 2019||CSFAM - Shropshire Hills Family Walking Adventure - Church Stretton||4||£579.00||£578.00||Book Now|
Prices are per person
All child prices are based on sharing with an adult. Children not sharing an adult's room will be subject to a £50 surcharge per child per stay. A single room charge of £5 per child per night will be made where applicable.
- Non-member associate fee: £10 per person