4-Night Shropshire Hills Guided Walking for Solos Holiday

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Duration: 4 nights
Type: Solos Walking Holidays
Walking Grade: 2, 3 & 4

Country walking is a great way to meet new friends. We welcome individual travellers on all of our holidays, but on Guided Walking for Solos the entire holiday is especially for single guests. Enjoy likeminded company and a great selection of guided walks. There are outstanding walks to the Long Mynd, Caer Caradoc and Ragleth Hill direct from Church Stretton, whilst travelling a little further afield enables a wider explortion of this scenic county. 

Holiday Highlights

  • Head out on three days of walks to discover the varied beauty of the Shropshire Hills on foot
  • Admire panoramic sloping countryside, river views and stunning villages where ever you walk
  • Let a local leader bring classic routes and offbeat areas to life
  • Enjoy magnificent scenery
  • Visit charming Shropshire towns and villages
  • Look out for wildlife, find secret corners and learn about the rich history in this region
  • A relaxed pace of discovery in a sociable group keen to get some fresh air in one of England’s most beautiful walking areas
  • Discover what makes the Shropshire so special from the old, picturesque towns to the quiet, peaceful hilltops
  • Evenings in our country house where you share a drink and re-live the day’s adventures

What’s included

  • High quality en-suite accommodation in our country house
  • Full board from dinner upon arrival to breakfast on departure day
  • 3 days guided walking
  • Use of our comprehensive Discovery Point
  • Choice of up to three guided walks each walking day
  • The services of HF Holidays Walking Leaders

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDFs for each holiday.

On our Guided Walking holidays, we believe that choice is key. Our walks descriptions will help you choose according to your interests and fitness. The walks are grouped together with care by local experts to give the best experience. While every effort will be made to adhere to the described itinerary, we may occasionally vary the sequence shown here or substitute an alternative route to suit local conditions or for other operational reasons, potentially at short notice.

You're welcome to check in from 4pm onwards.


Option 1 - Hope Bowdler & Helmeth Wood

Distance: 6.5 miles (10.5km)

Ascent: 1,300 feet (400m)

Summary: Starting from the house we ascend gently up to the ridge of Hope Bowdler Hill before heading into the valley between this hill and Caer Caradoc, finally heading back to The House via the lovely woodland that covers Helmeth Hill and the chance for a stroll around the lovely town of Church Stretton itself.

Highlight: Stunning views in all directions from the summit of Hope Bowdler Hill.

Option 2 - Ragleth Hill & Chelmick

Distance: 7.5 miles (12km)

Ascent:  1,150 feet (360m)

Summary: Start the day with a walk to the interesting village of Little Stretton then a sharp ascent to the summit of Ragleth and a lovely walk along the grassy ridge. Head down into the valley and on to the village of Hope Bowdler before skirting around the lower slopes of the hill of the same name and onto Church Stretton with a chance to explore this ancient market town.

Highlight: The views south and across to The Longmynd from the summit of Ragleth.

Option 3 - Ragleth Hill, Chelmick and Hope Bowdler Hill

Distance: 9.5 miles (15.5km)

Ascent: 1,800 feet (560m)

In Summary: Starting with a walk into Little Stretton before ascending the hill seen so clearly from the dining room at Longmynd House, Ragleth. Then we head to the hamlet of Chelmick taking a steady ascent to the ridge of Hope Bowdler Hill, with time for a look at The Battlestone. After waking along the ridge we descend into Church Stretton and back to Longmynd House.

Highlight: The views in all directions on Ragleth and Hope Bowdler ridges.


Option 1 - Batch Valley & New Pool Hollow

Distance: 6 miles (10km)

Ascent: 1,350 feet (480m)

Summary: Walk around the base of Novers Hill before heading higher up onto the Longmynd itself and visiting the extraordinary golf course found as high as any in England. We enter Cardingmill valley via a gentle path down the northern slope to visit New Pool Hollow with its picturesque reservoir before heading back to the house, passing through the peaceful Rectory Woods.

Highlight: Visit some of the oldest fossils ever discovered in New Pool Hollow.

Option 2 - Townbrook, Pole Bank and Minton

Distance: 8.5 miles (13.5km)

Ascent: 1,550 feet (480m)

In summary: 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.

Highlight: 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 3 - Long Mynd & Marshbrook

Distance: 10 miles (16km)

Ascent: 1,750 feet (540m)

Summary: We walk straight from the house to the beautiful Townbrook Hollow to take a stunning but gentle ascent to The Longmynd plateau, following the ancient drovers road of The Portway to the summit of the Longmynd at Pole Bank. Heading down into the hamlet of Minton via the hill of the same name and onto Marshbrook before we head back home via Little Stretton and the lower slopes of The Longmynd.

Highlight: 360 degree views from Pole Bank.


Option 1 - Around Ragleth and Caradoc

Distance: 6 miles (10km)

Ascent: 1,000 feet (300m)

Summary: This walk takes us through the hamlet of Ragdon under the imposing southern slope of Ragleth and on towards the area of Marshbook. We head home through the fascinating village of Little Stretton with time to view some of the many listed buildings there.

Highlight: Typical Shropshire countryside in all its glory.

Option 2 - Willstone Hill & The Wilderness

Distance: 9 miles (14km) 

Ascent:  1,600 feet (500m)

Summary: Today's walk takes us around the base of Hazler Hill in lovely woodland alongside a bubbling stream and on to ascend Wilstone Hill and a visit to The Battlestone. We then descend in a northerly direction to walk along the aptly name Wilderness. We return along the well made track known as Cwms Lane between the impressive slopes of Caer Caradoc and Hope Bowdler hills, descending gently into Church Stretton before returning to the House.

Highlight: The Battlestone - said to be the location of the last stand of King Caracticus (AKA Caradoc) against the Roman invaders.

Option 3 - Caradoc, Hope Bowdler & Ragleth

Distance: 11 miles (18km)

Ascent: 2,700 feet (820m)

In Summary: Climb the three iconic hills that dominate the eastern skyline above Church Stretton. We walk up Caer Caradoc then on to Hope Bowdler Hill then onto Ragleth Hill and back to the house via Little Stretton. 

Highlight: The satisfaction of bagging three hills with outstanding views.


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. 


You're welcome to check in from 4pm onwards.


Option 1 - Little Stretton

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Total ascent: 1,100 feet (340m)

In Summary: Today we head out from the house around Ragleth to our lunch stop in Marshbrook. The afternoon jaunt heads for Little Stretton and back to the house.

Highlight: The viewpoints on this walk illustrate perfectly why this area is known as ‘Little Switzerland.’

 

Option 2 - Along the Long Mynd

Distance: 8½ miles (13½km)

Total ascent: 1,550 feet (480m)

In Summary: 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.

Highlight: 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 3 - Long Mynd Spine

Distance: 12 miles (19km)

Total ascent: 2,550 feet (780m)

In Summary: 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.

Highlight: Little walked and peaceful Adstone Hill, the challenge of walking the very best of the Long Mynd, and the views west are some of the high points of this walk. 

 


Option 1 - From the Wrekin to Ironbridge

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Total ascent: 800 feet (240m)

In Summary: Our walk takes us around the lower slopes of the iconic Wrekin, along tracks through the ancient Royal Hunting Forest, and through beautiful countryside, to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of The Ironbridge Gorge.

Highlight: The quirky shops, pubs and cafes, not forgetting the antique centre in a world-famous Teddy Bear Factory, in the beautiful riverside town of Ironbridge.

 

Option 2 - On top of the Wrekin

Distance: 8½ miles (13.5km)

Total ascent: 1,400 feet (440m)

In Summary: We start our walk by heading to the summit of The Wrekin, viewing the remains of the Iron Age Fort before heading to Ironbridge via the lovely village of Little Wenlock.

Highlight: Seeing the very iron works where the industrial revolution began in the 18th Century, changing the world forever.

 

Option 3 - From Wellington to Ironbridge

Distance: 10½ miles (17km)

Total ascent: 2,150 feet (640m)

In Summary: Starting with The Wrekin's little sister, The Ercall, and then taking in The Wrekin itself, we follow the famous Shropshire Way through the Shropshire Countryside to finish our day in Ironbridge.

Highlight: The panoramic views of the Welsh Marches and the Shropshire and Cheshire Plains from the summit of The Wrekin.

 


Option 1 - Around Ludlow

Distance: 5½ miles (8.5km)

Total ascent: 800 feet (240m)

In Summary: From Bromfield we head towards Mortimer Forest before descending into Ludlow for a look around the historic town.  

Highlight: The town of Ludlow where the walk concludes is described by John Betjeman as "probably the loveliest town in England.”

 

Option 2 - Mortimer Forest

Distance: 6½ miles (10.5km)

Total ascent: 900 feet (280m)

In Summary: Also from Bromfield, this walk heads further up into the forest before we descend the Mary Knoll Valley and finish in Ludlow. 

Highlight: Ludlow is one of England's finest market towns with its array of black and white timbered buildings, overlooked by an impressive castle.

 

Option 3 - Mortimer Forest & Ludlow

Distance: 10½ miles (17km)

Total ascent: 1700 feet (520m)

In Summary: We follow field footpaths through rolling countryside above the River before ascending to the summit at High Vinnalls in the Mortimer Forest. We descend the Mary Knoll Valley and continue to Ludlow.  

Highlight: Enjoy fine views over the Shropshire countryside towards the Clee Hills.

 


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. 


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

  • Rucksack with a waterproof liner,
  • Thermos flask for hot drink,
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litre)
  • Spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar.
  • Small torch
  • First aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed)

Optional Equipment

  • Walking poles are useful, particularly for descents
  • Insect repellent,
  • Sun hat,
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream
  • Camera

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Duration:
4 nights
Type:
Solos Walking Holidays
Walking Grade:
2 & 3

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