Christmas & New Year Walking at Church Stretton

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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.

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From £389.00 - 3 to 7 nights

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Holiday overview

Christmas HolidaysHoliday highlights

  • Plenty of exercise to walk off the festive excesses
  • A choice of guided walks in spectacular winter scenery
  • Just relax, soak up the party atmosphere, enjoy wonderful festive fare and leave all the organising to us
  • Evening activities include dancing, quizzes and New Year celebrations
  • Cosy Country House and a special festive cheer

What’s included?

  • Wonderful meals – full selection at breakfast, your choice of picnic lunch, an excellent evening meal, afternoon tea and cakes every day, and plenty of festive sweets and nuts
  • A programme of organised walks and activities
  • The services of experienced HF Holidays’ guides
  • Any transport to and from the walks

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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
• Check-in from 2:30pm
• 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
• Check-in from 1:30pm
• 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
• Check-in from 2:30pm
• 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 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

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.

Accessibility

More details on Church Stretton accessibility

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 staff.

Itinerary

Our House Manager and leaders have put together a unique programme of walks and social activities, and look forward to welcoming you on your holiday.

The walks are tailored to the time of year and will remain flexible to suit the weather conditions. Each day three grades of walk will be offered. Typically, easier walks are up to a maximum of 4 miles (6.5km), medium walks are up to a maximum of 7 miles (11km), while harder walks can be up to a maximum of 9 miles (14.5km).


Christmas – Festive Guided Walking 

24 December 2017 – Christmas Eve

All todays walks finish at the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ironbridge Gorge. The easier starts at Wyke where we join the Shropshire Way and The Severn Valley Way passing some interesting historic sites on the way, the medium reaches the Severn Gorge from Much Wenlock while the harder explores world famous Wenlock Edge first, before passing through Much Wenlock.


25 December 2017 – Christmas Day

Explore the Long Mynd valleys and its highest point, Pole Bank. The easier walk heads into the Cardingmill Valley to reach the reservoir in New Pool Hollow. The medium walk explores Ashes Hollow en route to Pole Bank with a return down Townbrook Hollow. Meanwhile our harder group will ascend Townbrook Hollow to Pole Bank, continuing along the Long Mynd towards the Gliding Club and dropping down to the hamlet of Minton before returning to the hotel via Little Stretton.

When you return to The Longmynd, there will be presents for all our guests under the Christmas tree. Our Christmas meal will be the highlight of the evening – enjoy traditional turkey with all the trimmings, or alternative options if you prefer. This is an opportunity to dress up – you are invited to ‘dress to impress'.

 


26 December 2017 – Boxing Day

Caer Caradoc and the Stretton Hills provide a splendid setting for today’s walking. The easier group will walk within the shadows of Caer Caradoc and Hope Bowdler hills before returning through the town to the hotel. The medium walk follows a scenic path which traverses around the slopes of Caer Caradoc hill, before returning via All Stretton. Finally, the harder route ascends to the summits of Hope Bowdler and Caer Caradoc hills with splendid views and then also returns via All Stretton.


27 December 2017

For those of you joining us today, at 4pm we’ll offer afternoon tea and welcome you to the Longmynd – an opportunity to meet your leaders and fellow guests.


28 December 2017

Explore Ludlow and the Mortimer Forest. The easier walk heads out into the forest and back along the riverbank with time to explore Ludlow on a town trail. The medium walk heads further into the forest and returns via the Mary Knoll Valley. The harder walk follows the Herefordshire Trail eventually ascending to the summit at High Vinnalls before descending through the Mortimer forest and Mary Knoll Valley to the finish in Ludlow.


29 December 2017

The easiest option today starts from Aston on Clun and finishes at Craven Arms. On the way we'll discover the historic 13th Century church at Hopesay, soak up the views from Hopesay Hill, and pass Stokesay Castle, a real gem. The medium starts from Clunton and walks over Merry Hill to join the Shropshire Way from where it makes its way to Craven Arms. The harder walk from Clun takes in the fabulous iron age Bury Ditches before reaching the villlage of Kempton, Hopesay and eventually Craven Arms.


30 December 2017

For those of you joining us today, at 4pm we’ll offer afternoon tea and welcome you to the Longmynd – an opportunity to meet your leaders and fellow guests.


13 December 2017 – New Year's Eve

Caer Caradoc and the Stretton Hills provide a splendid setting for today’s walking. The easier group will walk within the shadows of Caer Caradoc and Hope Bowdler hills before returning through the town to the hotel. The medium walk follows a scenic path which traverses around the slopes of Caer Caradoc hill, before returning via All Stretton. Finally, the harder route ascends to the summits of Hope Bowdler and Caer Caradoc hills with splendid views and then also returns via All Stretton.

In the evening, join our fellow guests for a fantastic celebration dinner to welcome the New Year – you are invited to ‘dress to impress’. We’ll celebrate in style with a lively ceilidh to count us down to the New Year.


1 January 2018

Explore the Long Mynd valleys and its highest point, Pole Bank. The easier walk heads into the Cardingmill Valley to reach the reservoir in New Pool Hollow. The medium walk explores Ashes Hollow en route to Pole Bank with a return down Townbrook Hollow. Meanwhile our harder group will ascend Townbrook Hollow to Pole Bank, continuing along the Long Mynd towards the Gliding Club and dropping down to the hamlet of Minton before returning to the hotel via Little Stretton.


2 January 2018

Today you can explore the west side of the Long Mynd and return to Church Stretton via the beautiful Darnford Valley and the Betchcott Hills. The easier route starts at Bridges hamlet and follows the Darnford Valley and the Long Mynd with a return to Church Stretton across its moorland golf course. The medium walk starts in the upper East Onny valley and crosses the Gatten hills with a view of the Stiperstones ridge and turns to reach Ratlinghope in the Darnford Valley. The harder walk starts in the village of Church Pulverbatch and follows the Shropshire Way before turning west to the upper East Onny valley and the course of the medium walk.

 

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.  Please note that Church Stretton is a small town and taxis are not always available.

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).

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 £7 return, however a place must be reserved 7 days 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. 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. 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.

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Dates & Prices

Date Description Nights Brochure price Book
23 Dec 2017 CSXFW - Festive Walking - Church Stretton 4 £695.00 Book Now
27 Dec 2017 CSXFW - Festive Walking - Church Stretton 3 £389.00 Book Now
23 Dec 2018 CSXFW - Festive Walking - Church Stretton 4 £715.00 Book Now
23 Dec 2018 CSXFW - Festive Walking - Church Stretton 7 £989.00 Book Now
27 Dec 2018 CSXFW - Festive Walking - Church Stretton 7 £919.00 Book Now
27 Dec 2018 CSXFW - Festive Walking - Church Stretton 3 £399.00 Book Now
30 Dec 2018 CSXFW - Festive Walking - Church Stretton 4 £665.00 Book Now

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