4-Night Shropshire Hills Guided Walking for Solos Holiday

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Duration: 4 nights
Type: Solos Holidays
Walking Grade: 2, 3 & 4
from £435pp £315pp

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 two day 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

Trip Notes

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You're welcome to check-in to your room from 2:30 p.m. onwards (upgraded rooms from 1 p.m.) Please join us for afternoon tea.


 

 

Option 1 - Stokesay Castle

In Summary: Walk from the village of Aston on Clun to Craven Arms. On the way we'll discover the historic 13th Century church at Hopesay, soak up the views from Hopesay Hill, and visit Stokesay Castle.

Highlight: Stokesay Castle is a real gem; a 13th Century fortifed manor house that was beseiged during the English Civil War.

Distance: 7 miles

Total ascent: 500 feet

Option 2 - Clunton to Craven Arms

 

In Summary: From Clunton walk over Merry Hill to join the Shropshire Way. We continue past the the pretty village of Hopesay to Stokesay Castle then beside the River Teme to Craven Arms.

Highlight: Explore the tranquil landscape of the Clun Valley. In the words of AE Housman, "Clunton and Clunbury, Clungunford and Clun, are the quietest places under the sun".

Distance: 9 miles

Total ascent: 1,400 feet

Option 3 - Shropshire Way

 

In Summary: Walk from Clun to Craven Arms, largely following the Shropshire Way. Our undulating route crosses large Iron Age fort at Bury Ditches then on to the villlage of Kempton and Hopesay.

Highlight: Hopesay Hill may lack the height of the more famous Shropshire Hills, but its a delightful viewpoint with views over the rolling green countryside.

Distance: 11 miles

Total ascent: 1,800 feet


Option 1 - Beneath the Stiperstones

 

In Summary: Follow an undulating route over the rolling Shropshhire hillls to The Bog visitor centre, then skirt round the Stiperstones, a very distinctive hill crowned with quartzite scree.

Highlight: Discover the area's rich history as you explore a Bronze Age stone circle and learn about the arrea's lead and barytes mines.

Distance: 7½ miles

Total ascent: 1,000 feet

Option 2 - Stiperstones Ridge

 

In Summary: Discover the Mitchell’s Fold stone circle, then walk over Mucklewick Hill to Nipstone Rock, then traverse the full Stiperstones ridge.

Highlight: The quartzite ridge of the Stiperstones is  the most distinctive hill in Shropshire. With its rugged screes, and rocky outcrops it is quite unlike the rolling green hills that typify the rest of the county.

Distance: 9 miles

Total ascent: 1,300 feet

Option 3 - Along the Stiperstones

 

 

In Summary: A longer route that explores Stapeley Hill and the rolling Shropshire countryside, before traversing the length of the rugged Stiperstones ridge.

Highlight: The final stretch along the Stiperstones Ridge is most enjoyable with panoramic views over the Shropshire and Welsh countryside.

Distance: 11 miles

Total ascent: 1,550 feet

 


Option 1 - Pole Bank

 

In Summary: Ascend via Rectory Woods to the Townbrook Valley – a steady ascent up this valley leads to the heather moorland of the Long Mynd and its summit, Pole Bank. We descend down the highly scenic Carding Mill Valley.

Highlight: Relax at the National Trust cafe in the Carding Mill Valley and enjoy the views of this local beauty spot.

Distance: 6½ miles

Total ascent: 1,350 feet

Option 2 - Along the Long Mynd

 

In Summary: Head to the top of the Long Mynd via the Townbrook Valley. We then head south along the ridge to Minton Hill, before returning 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 Shropshire countryside.

Distance: 10½ miles

Total ascent: 700 feet

Option 3 - Over the ridge

 

In Summary: This figure of eight walk first ascends Pole Bank via the delightful valley of Ashes Hollow. We then descend the eastern slopes to Adstone Hill, before returning over the Long Mynd ridge and descending the Townbrook Valley to Church Stretton.

Highlight: A challenging walk, but one with many rewards as you explore the very best of the Long Mynd.

Distance: 12 miles

Total ascent: 2,550 feet


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.

At the house

  • Excellent boot and drying rooms
  • Extensive public rooms
  • Large dining room with outstanding views of Stretton Valley
  • Lounge bar with outstanding views of Stretton 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

Your evenings

 

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.

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 our team.

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, larger television, enhanced toiletries and a fluffy bathrobe & slippers – 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.

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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

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability and prices are subject to change.
Non-member associate fee: £10 per person.

Holiday Prices

Date (Start - End) Version Price Status Trip Notes Book
2019
04 Nov / 08 Nov Version 1 (runs 2019/20) £435 £315 Save £60 Per Person Book Now
Duration:
4 nights
Type:
Solos Holidays
Walking Grade:
2 & 3

4 nights from £435pp £315pp

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