Family Walking Adventure at Church Stretton
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Hills & moorland
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 use yellow for easy, orange for medium and red for hard. Challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.
Deep in the heart of Shropshire lies Church Stretton with its iconic spa hotel, Longmynd House. It enjoys extensive grounds and an outdoor heated pool. Highlights of our family walking holidays include walks on the Long Mynd and the iron-age fort of Caer Caradoc, with a number of routes right on our doorstep.
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
• Comfortable accommodation
• En-suite bathroom with bath or shower
• Tea and coffee making facilities
• Single rooms are available at no extra charge
• Enjoy extra space or exceptional views
• Toweling robe, complimentary slippers
• Same facilities as our classic rooms
• Available from an extra £10 per person per night
• 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 with breakfast, picnic lunch and evening meal. 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.
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.
Saturday: The Long Mynd and Cardingmill Valley
Family Walk: The Carding Mill water cycle - mountain streams and mini-reservoirs, waterfalls and fords. Soak yourself in the Edwardian spa waters of Church Stretton with a circular walk from Longmynd House. 4.5 miles/ 7km with 850ft/250m of ascent
Easier Walk: The valley loop – through the Rectory Woods to a steady ascent up Townbrook valley onto the heather moorland of the Long Mynd. From its summit, Pole Bank, there are 3600 views across middle England and into Wales. We descend down the highly scenic Carding Mill Valley with its National Trust pavilion café and shop. 6.5 miles (10km) with 1,330 feet (400m) of ascent
Medium Walk: Beneath the gliders on The Long Mynd - we ascend Townbrook Valley to the summit of the Long Mynd at Pole Bank. Gently descending, we follow the Long Mynd ridge south towards the gliding station, with breathtaking views in every direction. A route over Minton Hill takes us to the medieval hamlet of Minton, with a return via Little Stretton. 8 miles (13km) with 1,400 feet (420m) of ascent
Harder Walk: The oak and the ash and the bonnie rowan tree - Little Stretton provides access to the unspoilt valley of Ashes Hollow, which rises up to the Boiling Well Spring and Pole Bank, summit of the Long Mynd. We descend to Medlicott and Adstone Hill, before returning up to the Long Mynd ridge with extensive views all around. Our descent into Church Stretton is down the pretty Townbrook Valley. 12 miles (19km) with 2,400 feet (720m) of ascent
Sunday: The Clun Valley and Craven Arms
Family Walk: Ragleth Ridge - Climb to the first summit of the week and experience the thrill of ridge walking with 360 degree views. 3.5 miles/ 5.5km with 700ft/220m of ascent
Easier Walk: From historic church to ancient castle - we start from Aston on Clun, famous for its Arbor Tree. After exploring the historic church at Hopesay, an ascent takes us over Hopesay Hill, before a gradual descent to Stokesay Castle. A short walk alongside the River Teme takes us to Craven Arms and the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre. 7 miles (11km) with 500 feet (150m) of ascent
Medium Walk: Merrily along the Shropshire Way - from Clunton, our walk goes over Merry Hill, to join the Shropshire Way, before a descent into the hamlet of Kempton and on to the pretty village of Hopesay, to ascend the hill of the same name. Now we join the route of the Easier Walk via Stokesay Castle to end at the Discovery Centre. 9 miles (14.5km) with 1,400 feet (420m) of ascent
Harder Walk: Ditched on the Shropshire Way - from the village of Clun we ascend on the Shropshire Way before crossing the extensive remains of the large Iron Age fort at Bury Ditches. Now we descend through the landscaped estate of Walcot Hall, and into Kempton, where the Medium Walk route is now followed. 11 miles (17.5km) with 1,800 feet (540m) of ascent
Monday: free day
Tuesday: Steeped in Myths on the Stiperstones
Family Walk: Superstition on the Stiperstones! - 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. 4 miles/6.5km with 650ft/200m of ascent
Easier Walk: Into the Bog and out again - we follow an undulating route to The Bog Visitor Centre – set in the remains of an old lead and barytes mining village. We then skirt round the Stiperstones, a very distinctive hill crowned with quartzite scree, before descending to Stiperstones village. 7.5miles (12km) with 1,000 feet (300m) of ascent
Medium Walk: From stone circle to rocky outcrops - starting near Mitchell’s Fold stone circle our route takes us south over Mucklewick Hill. We’ll then walk to Nipstone Rock and traverse the full Stiperstones ridge before descending to Stiperstones village. 9 miles (14.5km) with 1,300 feet (390m) of ascent
Harder Walk: Stiperstones and more - this longer walk first takes in Stapeley Hill, before following the same route as the Medium Walk along the impressive Stiperstones ridge. 11 miles (17.5km) with 1,500 feet (450m) of ascent
Wednesday: Darnford Valley and Betchcott Hills
Family Walk: Shrowsbury or Shroosbury? - “Cross ancient bridge from west or east to savour Salop’s tasty feast.” We explore this medieval and Georgian town captured in the loop of the river Severn. Charles Darwin, Clive of India, Scrooge and Brother Cadfael all have links to discover. There is a castle, a prison, and even an execution site! We finish at the beautiful Quarry with the floral legacy of Percy Thrower, anextensive grass play area sloping to the river and a variety of play/activity areas. Then it’s back on the train in time for tea. 3miles (4.5km) with 150ft (50m) of ascent
Easier Walk: Trek home from Bridges - this starts at Bridges hamlet and follows the Darnford Valley up to the Betchcott Hills and the Long Mynd with a return to Church Stretton across its moorland golf course. 7 miles (11km) with 1,100 feet (330m) of ascent
Medium Walk: The challenge is to pronounce “Rattlinghope” - 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. 9 miles (14.5km) with 1,400 feet (420m) of ascent
Harder Walk: In search of Wild Edric - 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 Medium Walk route. 12 miles (20km) with 2,200 feet (660m) of ascent
Thursday: The Stretton Hills
Family Walk: Conquering Caer Caradoc - at last! 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. 4 miles/6km with 1,000ft/300m of ascent
Easier Walk: Circling Caer Caradoc - this is a pleasant circuit from Church Stretton around its most iconic hill. The route takes us across the valley, then follows a scenic path which traverses round the slopes of Caer Caradoc, before returning via All Stretton. 6 miles (9.5km) with 1,200 feet (360m) of ascent
Medium Walk: Two hills guarding the Stretton Gap - this takes in two hills seen across the valley from the hotel. We cross the valley and then ascend the long ridge of Hope Bowdler Hill before descending across Cwms Lane and ascending Caer Caradoc Hill before returning via All Stretton. 9 miles (15km) with 2,000ft (600m) of ascent
Harder Walk: Make that three! – the harder group are now fit enough to tackle Ragleth Hill, climbed by the family group on Sunday! We walk via Little Stretton and continue to Hope Bowdler Hill and Caer Caradoc Hill. A return is made through All Stretton crossing Batch Valley, Cwmdale and Cardingmill Valley. 11 miles (18km) with 2,700 feet (810m) of ascent
Family-friendly walks: specially selected walks for families with shorter distances and plenty of interest and challenge. These family and easier walks usually allow plenty of time for activities, or enjoying the pool and grounds back at the hotel
- Adventure: each day choose from up to 4 different guided walks, with opportunities for longer walks up on the Longmynd and the surrounding hills
- Activity leader: back at The Longmynd, our activity leader will organise games and activities which could include rounders, treasure hunts or crafts
- 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
Terrain and transport: Family and Easier Walks 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: Before dinner the activity leaders will have fun with the children, organising activities and supervising games. 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.
See our Family Adventure Guide for more information about our holidays and accommodation.
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. 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).
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 or 9.45am. This transfer costs just £5 return, however a place must be reserved in advance by calling 0345 470 7558.
If you can’t meet our station transfer it is possible to book a taxi. 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.
Dates & Prices
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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.
- Premium single room: £15 per night
- Premium twin/double room: £10 per person per night
- Non-member associate fee: £10 per person