The Geology of the Shropshire Hills

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Duration: 5 nights
Interests: Explore Nature

Shropshire is one of the best places in inland Britain to gain an insight into some of the country's oldest rock formations. Join our expert geologist as he brings to the life the Church Stretton fault and explains how tectonic plate movement played its role in the creation of today’s walker’s paradise - the Long Mynd. We'll walk up to 6 miles (9½km) each day. Suitable for any level of experience, with no prior knowledge required.

Holiday Highlights

  • Discover the geology of Shropshire in a small sociable group setting
  • Leisurely walks with regular stops to look at geology

What’s included

  • High quality Full Board en-suite accommodation and excellent food in our Country House
  • Guidance from a knowledgeable HF Holidays’ leader, to ensure you get the most from your holiday
  • All essential transport on a comfortable, good-quality mini-coach or other mode of transport, e.g. boat
  • Entrance fees to venues included as part of your holiday’s itinerary

Trip Notes

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You can check in to your room from 2.30pm onwards (better rooms from 1pm). Please join us for afternoon tea. This is the first occasion when everyone in the country house meets together – an opportunity to meet your leader and fellow guests, and find out more about your holiday.


We start by visiting Nesscliffe to see a historic cave cut into the New Red Sandstone. Travelling to the Wrekin we see a range of igneous rocks, including tuffs and banded Rhyolite, and also a famous unconformity. Returning along Wenlock Edge we see reef limestone from a fine viewpoint. Finally we have the chance to walk over Caer Caradoc Hill, more igneous exposures.


We visit Cardingmill Valley before crossing the Long Mynd via the Burway road. We walk over the quartzite ridge of the Stiperstones, with its tors like the Devil’s Chair and the Cranberry Rock. Lunch is at the Bog Centre, where there are displays about the mines and minerals. We visit several sites to look for minerals such as ores of lead and zinc, also heavy spar or barytes.


We visit View Edge Quarry which has fossils as well as views. This leads us to Ludlow with its riverside geology trail. Next we go to the Mortimer forest, which reveals secrets like slick sides and classic trilobite localities. A trip up onto Clee Hill rewards us with wide views, as we examine the dolerite workings. Finally if time allows, we go to Bridgnorth to see the red Triassic sandstone.


Depart after a leisurely breakfast


Longmynd House

Hidden in plain sight, there’s a well-kept countryside secret in the heart of England that might just surprise you with its wonderful upland walking, trails, history and heritage. Discover the heart of Shropshire from striking Longmynd House, stood on a wooded hillside above Church Stretton, on the border of England and Wales. Wake early to watch the sunrise from your balcony; take a dip in the heated outdoor pool and gear up for a great day in the hills on walks full of rich variety. Stride out on the Long Mynd itself, a dramatic, isolated whaleback hill with an expanse of heather wilderness and deeply cut valleys, explore the Stiperstones and climb to the Iron Age fort on top of Caer Caradoc, or surround yourself with historic castles, market towns and trails of all kinds.

 

Need to know

Important Covid-19 steps we have taken for guest safety: Please Read

As we slowly reopen in the wake of the Coronavirus lockdown, our country house stays are set to be organised a little differently; extra steps have been taken to keep our guests, house teams and leaders safe while we return to action. We ask all our guests to respect the measures put in place.

Initially the overall capacity of the houses has been reduced. Guests must wear face coverings in public spaces. To adhere to social distancing guidelines, we have taken the necessary steps to space out furniture and seating in public areas. In addition, a one-way system will be in place around the house. Adequate signage will be displayed to support the direction of travel to be followed by guests and house teams.

As a temporary measure, we will not be servicing rooms during a stay. Extra tea, coffee, milk, and toiletries will be made available on request for all guests. It is recommended that guests bring their own toiletries for the duration of their stay. We have removed all non-essential and reusable items from our rooms for the meantime including cushions, hairdryers, bathrobes, bed throws, and printed materials to reduce the number of items that need to be disinfected. Hairdryers will be available on request. Clean towels will be available on request. We will though be increasing the frequency of cleaning in our public areas providing particular attention to frequently touched items including door handles and handrails.

For now, there is no cream tea on arrival day. We have also adapted our food offering to remove all buffets and open food items. Different sittings may be required for breakfast and dinner due to the occupancy and size of the house. Picnic lunches will now be pre-ordered the night before from an order form in the room. The bar in each country house will be open, and we will be offering a table service for drinks. At this time there is no, or only a very limited, evening social programme available. Outdoor swimming pools at those houses that have them will re-open throughout August, except at Freshwater Bay House, where the pool will remain closed for 2020. Indoor swimming pools will remain closed.

For more information and to see all the steps taken, visit our page on how house stays will be adapted.

Rooms

Tea & coffee-making facilities, TV, Hairdryer, Toiletries, Wi-Fi

Stay in the smartly presented rooms in the main house or in one of 8 brick-built lodges in the grounds. With 54 rooms, Longmynd House has plenty of space and there’s a range of Good and Better Rooms to choose from. Chose Room 16 for the four poster bed and separate sitting area, with green leafy views or Room 44 with its compact balcony and outdoor eating area overlooking the heather-clad rise on the far side of the valley. The lodges away from the house offer a little more privacy and their own terrace looking out over the gardens.

All ‘Good’ rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Better’ Rooms that are either larger or have a desirable view, a more luxurious mattress and larger television – upgrade your stay for just an extra £15-20 per person per night. You can choose a specific room for an extra £30 per room, subject to availability. Upgrade supplements still apply.

Facilities

Free Wi-Fi, boot room and drying room, extensive garden, lounge, bar, ballroom, library and board games to borrow

After a day exploring the Shropshire Hills, return to the house. Stroll through the extensive grounds and discover the woodland sculpture trail that threads through the trees, looking out for ‘deer’ and ‘bears’. Dip into the heated outdoor pool to swim below the trees. Head to the long lounge with its wall of glass giving on to the view outside, or for a more intimate space, sit at the smart bar with its crouching lions and attractive jug lamps or surrender to the leather sofas around the fireplace and enjoy a local pint of Shropshire Lad or Lass with a lively conversation among your fellow guests.

Food & Drink

As at all our country houses, holidays are full board, from afternoon tea served as a welcome treat through that evening’s meal to a hearty breakfast on the day of departure. Lunch is a chance to stock up on our famous picnic snacks. Food at Longmynd House is varied and tasty and has a strong emphasis on ingredients from the area and seasonal produce. Once a week the bright dining room with its wrap around windows hosts a Local Food Night, when, over a sociable evening, you might try a five-course feast of regional flavours.

Accessibility

For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865

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Getting to Longmynd House

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What to Bring

Essential Equipment

  • Outdoor clothing appropriate to the season, including waterproofs
  • Strong, comfortable footwear with a good tread is essential

Optional Equipment

  • Thermos flask (optional) Camera (optional - as many of the sites are photogenic, plus you capture a visual record what you have seen)
  • Notebook (optional - but very handy)

Martin Whiteley

Martin has been exploring the landscapes of Britain for the last 50 years, combining his interests in geology, climbing and challenge walks. His passion for geology began when he discovered chunks of a peculiar type of rock called Dolomitic Conglomerate in the garden, proudly showed them to his Primary School teacher and was promptly told to go away and find out how to spell it!

Martin has been fortunate enough to combine geology with careers in both the oil industry and academia. Now recently retired from Derby University he spends a good deal of time in the Peak District trying to improve the public understanding and appreciation of rocks, landforms and natural processes.

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Interests:
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