Festive Self-guided Walking at Church Stretton

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Activity types:

  • Central location
  • Hills & moorland
  • Twixmas & New Year

Level

  • Easier
  • Easy
  • Medium
  • Hard
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Difficulty indicator

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.

More about difficulty levels

Holiday overview

Enjoy a festive break in Shropshire with the walking experts; we have all the ingredients for your perfect Self-guided Walking holiday.

Our 4-star Country House, nestling on the slopes of the Long Mynd, is geared to the needs of walkers and outdoor enthusiasts. Enjoy hearty local food, our legendary picnic lunches, and our excellent boot and drying room. To help you explore we'll give you a free Ordnance Survey map, plus detailed route notes for our recommended walking and cycle routes. On many holidays our experienced leaders are on hand to offer help and advice.

Great value. What’s included: 

  • Full Board accommodation - breakfast, evening meal and an extensive walkers' picnic lunch
  • A free Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 scale Explorer map of the local area with every booking
  • Detailed route notes, ranging from short strolls to longer hillwalks
  • Country House Escapes guide – full of information about local attractions, activities and suggested itineraries to help plan your break
  • All the Country House facilities, including our well equipped boot and drying room, plus our outdoor swimming pool
  • On many holidays our experienced walking leaders are available to offer help and advice

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Accommodation

HF Holidays' Longmynd House in Church Stretton

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

Classic Rooms
• Comfortable accommodation
•  En-suite bathroom with bath or shower
• TV
• Hairdryer 
• Tea and coffee making facilities
• Single rooms are available at no extra charge
Premium Rooms
• 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
Family Rooms
• 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

Facilities

• 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 
• 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 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.
 Take your fill from our famous self service picnic lunches
A relaxed social dinner is a highlight of any stay at our Country Houses

An example of Church Stretton evening meal

Your evenings

Make the most of your evening or join us at the bar


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.

 

Self-guided walks

Make the most of our Discovery Point at the Longmynd - the starting point for your outdoor adventure. You'll find:

  • Our recommended walking and cycling routes - detailed route notes for you to borrow
  • Comprehensive library of local maps and guidebooks
  • Ideas and contacts for more active options such as mountain biking and pony trekking
  • A daily weather forecast 

When you're not walking, there's plenty to do locally. Why not visit the excellent UNESCO World Heritage museums at Ironbridge Gorge, take the train to historic Ludlow, or visit a National Trust property . See the 'Local Area' tab for further ideas.

Detailed walking notes: all our walking notes contain detailed directions, route maps, and information about the places of interest on the route.

Sample route - Slopes of Caer Caradoc   Sample route - Long Mynd & Carding Mill

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Travel by car       Self-guided walking at HF Holidays  No transport required            

Laid back walks

Our easiest routes, allowing plenty of time to savour the magnificent Shropshire landscapes. All our walk notes suggest the best places to stop, great pubs, and tea rooms.

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  HF Holidays walks level 1 easier   Pole Bank - 1. 5 miles
Self-guided walking at HF Holidays  HF Holidays walks level 1 easier Exploring the Carding Mill Valley - 3 miles

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 HF Holidays walks grade 2 easy The Stiperstones - 3 miles
 Self-guided walking at HF Holidays  HF Holidays walks level 1 easier The Gaerstones - 4 miles
 HF Holidays car icon  HF Holidays walks level 1 easier Welshpool & Powis Castle - 4 miles
 HF Holidays car icon  HF Holidays walks grade 2 easy Bishop's Castle - 4 miles
 HF Holidays car icon  HF Holidays walks grade 2 easy Ironbridge Gorge - 4 miles

Leg stretcher walks

Some longer walks which start to venture onto the Shropshire hills. Experience the beauty of this rural county as you walk through stunning scenery.

Self-guided walking at HF Holidays HF Holidays walks grade 2 easy Around Ragleth - 5 miles

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 HF Holidays walks grade 2 easy Stiperstones Circuit - 5 miles

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 HF Holidays walks grade 2 easy Slopes of Caer Caradoc - 6 miles
Self-guided walking at HF Holidays  HF Holidays walks level 3 medium Long Mynd & Carding Mill Valley - 6 miles
Self-guided walking at HF Holidays  HF Holidays walks level 3 medium Long Mynd & Ashes Hollow - 7 miles

Full on walks

For those who enjoy striding out. These walks include some many of the hills within easy reach of Church Stretton.

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HF Holidays walks level 3 medium Ragleth & Hope Bowdler Hill - 8 miles

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 HF Holidays walks level 3 medium Long Mynd & Minton Hill - 8 miles

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 HF Holidays walks level 3 medium Caer Caradoc - 9 miles

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 HF Holidays walks level 3 medium Bishop's Moat - 9 miles

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 HF Holidays walks grade 4 hard Caer Caradoc & the Lawley - 11 miles

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 HF Holidays walks grade 4 hard Grand Long Mynd Circuit - 13 miles

What our HF Holidays' route testers say:

Bishop's Castle -"Enjoy this charming hill town with a walk along part of an ancient drovers route and a valley stream. Bishops Castle sits on the English-Welsh border and is home to England’s oldest brewery, the ‘Three Tuns’." Greg Clare, HF Holidays Leader

Long Mynd & Carding Mill -"This walk takes a relatively gentle route up the Long Mynd, eventually reaching Pole Bank, the highest point. It then follows the ridge before going down by Mott’s Road into Carding Mill Valley, a classic place to visit." Helen Barnett, HF Holidays Leader

 

Local area

Discover Shropshire

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.

Black and white timbered shops in LudlowLudlow
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

Iron bridge across the River SevernIronbridge Gorge
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/

Steam trains at a station on the Severn Valley RailwaySevern 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

Horse and plough at work at Acton Scott farmActon 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 

 

 

Shrewsbury
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. 

Much Wenlock
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.

Hereford
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

Attingham Park
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

Powis Castle and its surrounding gardensPowis Castle
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

 

Walls of Chirk CastleChirk 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

Travel to Church Stretton

Our address is: Longmynd House, Cunnery Road, Church Stretton, Shropshire SY6 6AG

How to get to us by train

By train:

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).

Train heading to Wales 

Use an HF transfer

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.

 

Get to us by Taxi

By taxi:

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.

 

Driving to us

By car:

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.

 

 Travel by plane

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.

 Quantas Boeing 747

Dates & Prices

We're sorry, there are no dates available for this holiday at the moment. Please check out our other tours and breaks or call our team on 0345 470 8558 to be notified of new dates as soon as they become available.

Prices are per person

Information

  • Premium single room: £15 per night
  • Premium twin/double room: £10 per person per night
  • Non-member associate fee: £10 per person

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