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7 Night Shropshire Hills Guided Walking for Solos Holiday

Caer Caradoc between Church Stretton and Hope Bowdler, Shropshire, England, UK
Duration: 7 nights
Type: Guided walking for solos
Walking Grade: 2, 3 & 4

A solo holiday is less about going it alone and more about embracing adventure and forming new friendships. Discover ruined castles folded into hillsides, rare wildlife roaming the upland heaths, and a selection of the best market towns and villages Shropshire has to offer. Joining a group of other solo guests, you’ll have a choice of three walks a day led by experienced HF Holidays Leaders. So even if you start off alone, you’ll find that people are easily brought together by a shared love of the great outdoors.

What you’ll love

  • Discovering the immense beauty of the Shropshire Hills on foot
  • Visiting picturesque market towns and villages 
  • Learning more about this National Landscape
  • Making the most of the V-shaped valleys and countryside
  • Spending time with like-minded people in the great outdoors
  • Staying at Longmynd House in Church Stretton

What’s included

  • Comfortable en-suite accommodation in our country house
  • Cream tea on arrival day
  • Cooked or continental breakfast every morning
  • Daily packed lunches
  • Three-course evening meals, plus tea & coffee
  • Guided walking with experienced HF Holidays Leaders
  • Choice of up to three different-grade daily walks
  • All transport to and from walks where necessary
  • Easy-to-follow routes, maps, and information in our Discovery Point if you want to explore independently

Trip Notes

Easy to download as a PDF, our trip notes provide detailed information for every holiday. Please click below to find the trip notes for your departure date.

All our carefully-curated itineraries are designed by our experts. While we make every effort to adhere to the described itinerary, we may take alternative routes or adapt the running order for weather and/or operational reasons.

You're welcome to check in from 4pm onwards. Enjoy a complimentary cream tea on arrival.


Option 1 - Darnford Valley

Distance: 7 miles (11.5km)

Ascent: 1,050 feet (320m)

In summaryOur route follows the beautiful Darnford Valley, then the ancient Port Way heads over the Betchcott Hills to cross the Long Mynd plateau, before descending via Haddon Hill and the golf course, one of the highest in England, and return to the house.

Highlight: Enjoy the tranquility of the Darnford and Golden Valleys, the latter aptly named from the vibrant colour of the dwarf gorse bushes lining its slopes.

Option 2 - Gatten Hills

Distance: 9 miles (14.5km)

Ascent: 1,350 feet (420m)

In summaryCross Gatten Hill, then ascend steadily along Darnford Valley to reach the ancient Port Way, cross the Long Mynd ridge and head to Church Stretton close to Bodbury Hill. 

Highlight: The heather-clad ridge of the Long Mynd dominates the skyline. Enjoy the extensive views as you cross the ridge and descend towards Church Stretton.

Option 3 - Pulverbatch, Wilderley Hill & Darnford Valley

Distance: 13 miles (20.5km)

Ascent: 2,150 feet (660m)

In summaryFollow the Shropshire Way from the village of Church Pulverbatch over Wilderley Hill. Our route passes by the village of Ratlinghope and along the Darnford Valley to reach the Port Way and Long Mynd from where we descend via Haddon Hill and the golf course, overlooking the ever popular Carding Mill Valley, to Church Stretton.

Highlight: On a clear day you'll enjoy sweeping views across Shropshire and the Welsh hills.


Option 1 - Slopes of Caer Caradoc

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Ascent: 1,150 feet (360m)

In summaryA lovely route around Church Streeton. Heading across the valley towards the Stretton Hills we wind our way up the Cwms Valley along the scenic path which runs around the slopes of Caer Caradoc Hill.

Highlight: Enjoy the panoramic views of Church Stretton, Long Mynd and Stretton Hills.

Option 2 - Hope Bowdler & Caer Caradoc

Distance: 9 miles (14km)

Ascent: 1,950 feet (600m)

In summaryWe cross the valley to ascend the long ridge of Hope Bowdler Hill. Our second summit is the distinctive Caer Caradoc Hill.

Highlight: Look out for the Iron Age hillfort on the summit of Caer Caradoc; said to be the site of King Caractacus's final stand against the Roman invasion.

Option 3 - The Lawley and Caer Caradoc

Distance: 11 miles (17.5km)

Ascent: 2,300 feet (700m)

In summary: A walk that takes in the iconic Caer Caradoc, with on its summit the earthworks of an iron age fort. Followed by ascending the Lawley to walk its fine ridge before heading back west to traverse the lower slopes of the Long Mynd to return to Longmynd House.

Highlight: Walking the ridge of the Lawley providing extensive views.


Discover more about Longmynd House and the local area for ideas on how to make the most of your free day.


Option 1 - Hope Bowdler & Helmeth Wood

Distance: 6½ miles (10.5km)

Ascent: 1,300 feet (400m)

In summary: Starting from Longmynd House, we walk through the wooded lower slopes of Hazler Hill before a moderately steep ascent to the Gaer Stone and Hope Bowdler Hill. Heading down to the valley between Hope Bowdler and Caer Caradoc we make our way back along the old Cwms Lane, through Helmeth Wood and Church Stretton.

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

Option 2 - Ragleth Hill & Chelmick

Distance: 7½ miles (12km)

Ascent: 1,150 feet (360m)

In summary: Starting with a visit to the pretty village of Little Stretton, we tackle a sharp ascent to the summit of Ragleth Hill, where we are rewarded with stunning 360 degree views. Following the grassy ridge to its northern end, we head down to Chelmick Valley and the village of Hope Bowdler before returning to Longmynd House via the lower slopes of Hope Bowdler Hill and Helmeth Hill.

Highlight: Panoramic 360 degree views from Ragleth Hill (which can be seen clearly from the dining room at Longmynd House) across Shropshire and beyond.

Option 3 - Ragleth Hill, Chelmick and Hope Bowdler Hill

Distance: 9½ miles (15.5km)

Ascent: 1,750 feet (540m)

In summaryWalking through the pretty village of Little Stretton we cross the valley to make a sharp ascent to the summit of Ragleth Hill. We follow its grassy ridge northwards before descending to Chelmick valley and the village of Hope Bowdler. We then ascend steadily across Hope Bowdler Hill to reach Willstone Hill and the famous Battle Stones from where we return to Longmynd House via the Gaer Stone and lower slopes of Helmeth Hill.

Highlight: The much photographed natural rocky outcrops of the Battles Stones and the Gaer Stone.


Option 1 - Beneath the Stiperstones

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Ascent: 850 feet (260m)

In summary: We start our walk at the foot of Corndon Hill, with a visit to the Mitchell’s Fold Bronze Age Stone Circle. Our route takes us along the border between England and Wales before heading east to reach The Bog. We traverse the lower slopes of the distinctive quartzite Stiperstones ridge before descending to the village of Stiperstones.

Highlight: Mitchell’s Fold Bronze Age Stone Circle set in dramatic moorland.

Option 2 - The Stiperstones Ridge

Distance: 9 miles (14.5km)

Ascent: 1,300 feet (400m)

In summary: Our route starts with a visit to Mitchell’s Fold Bronze Age Stone Circle. From there we follow paths and tracks eastwards crossing Mucklewick Hill and passing by Nipstone Rock to reach the Stiperstones ridge. We traverse the rugged quartzite ridge and its iconic outcrops before descending steeply to the village of Stiperstones.

Highlight: The rocky and spectacular landscape of the Stiperstones ridge.

Option 3 - Stapeley Hill & the Stiperstones

Distance: 10½ miles (17km)

Ascent: 1,500 feet (460m)

In summary: A longer route, taking in Mitchell’s Fold Bronze Age Stone Circle before crossing Stapeley Hill, Mucklewick Hill and passing by Nipstone rock to reach the geologically significant Stiperstones ridge. We also traverse the rugged quartzite ridge and its iconic outcrops before descending steeply to the village of Stiperstones.

Highlight: The Stiperstones summit epitomises the jagged beauty of the ridge.


Option 1 - Townbrook & Cardingmill Valley

Distance: 6.7 miles (10.7km)

Ascent: 1,350 feet (410m)

In summary: Leaving Longmynd House we make our way through Rectory Woods and up the beautiful Townbrook Valley to reach the Long Mynd plateau and its highest point at Pole Bank. We then make our way north along the historic Port Way before descending into the scenic Carding Mill Valley and back to Longmynd House.

Highlight: Panoramic views from Pole Bank across Shropshire, mid Wales and beyond.

Option 2 - Along the Long Mynd

Distance: 8½ miles (13.5km)

Ascent: 1,450 feet (440m)

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 beautiful Townbrook Valley and Long Mynd plateau with its 360 degree panoramic views.

Option 3 - Callow Hill, Pole Bank & Adstone Hill

Distance: 12 miles (19km)

Ascent: 2,450 feet (740m)

In summary: Our walks heads out towards Little Stretton before ascending Long Mynd via Callow Hill to reach its highest point at Pole Bank. We then descend the western slopes to Adstone Hill before returning over the Long Mynd and down Townbrook Valley to Church Stretton.

Highlight: The ascent via Callow Hill to Pole Bank is less frequented and gives extensive far reaching views.


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home.


Longmynd House

For rural calm in the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the location of this characterful country house is hard to top. Set in a wooded hillside just a short stroll from the market town of Church Stretton (nicknamed Little Switzerland for its picturesque landscape), you’ll be within walking or driving distance of the Stiperstones, Caer Caradoc, Ironbridge Valley of Invention, and the historic towns of Ludlow and Shrewsbury. And then, of course, there’s the Long Mynd itself – an area of registered common land that has been cared for by a group of farmers (the self-named commoners) who have grazed sheep and ponies here for generations.

 

Rooms

Designed with your comfort in mind, Longmynd House has 51 well-appointed guest rooms available in two categories: Classic and Premium. 

Classic Rooms are comfortable en-suite guest rooms, ideal for a peaceful night's sleep. Amenities include free Wi-Fi, tea and coffee-making facilities, toiletries (hand wash, shampoo, and shower gel), and a TV. 

Premium Rooms are more spacious en-suite guest rooms. Amenities include free Wi-Fi, tea and coffee-making facilities, toiletries (hand wash, shampoo, body lotion, shower gel), and a 32-inch TV. Extras include bathrobes, slippers, and comfortable mattresses.

We love: Room 16 for its four-poster bed, separate seating area, and lovely views. Room 44 has a small balcony and outdoor eating area overlooking the heather-clad rise on the far side of the valley. For more privacy, the lodges have their own terrace. 

The Choose Your Room service is available at our UK country houses, allowing you the option of choosing and confirming a specific room for an extra charge of £30 per room. This is subject to availability. Upgrade supplements apply. 

Check in & check out
You are welcome to check in from 4:00pm at the earliest. On arrival, you’ll enjoy a complimentary cream tea and get to meet your fellow guests, our HF Holidays Leaders, and the rest of the friendly team.  

On the day of departure, we kindly ask all guests to check out by 10:00am. You’ll be asked to settle your bill prior to leaving. You may, of course, make a charitable donation to our HF Holidays Pathways Fund if you wish. Please note that we only accept card payments.  

Room supplements

Premium single Premium double/twin Choose your room
£20 pppn £20 pppn £30 per room

About your stay

A warm welcome
We want you to feel comfortable from the moment you arrive. You’ll find a welcome pack in your room with guest registration forms, menus, order forms for dinners and picnic lunches, the Wi-Fi password, and the front door code. Our houses are locked at night, so we recommend noting the Duty Manager’s number on arrival in case of an emergency (or getting locked out). 

Evening entertainment
While evening entertainment varies from house to house, the HF Holidays Big Pub Quiz held after dinner on Wednesdays is a weekly staple. Your HF Holidays Leader may be around for tips on guided and self-guided walking routes as well as visit-worthy local attractions. 

Walks talks 
Our HF Holidays Leaders host guided walking information briefings before dinner on arrival days. This is followed by a group Walks Talk for information on the following day’s walking delights (held before dinner every evening). Self-guided walking guests are, of course, welcome.  

The walking day
Prior to setting off on walks, your HF Holidays Leader will run you through a short safety briefing. There’s also an up-to-date weather forecast on display at the house to ensure you have appropriate clothing and footwear. If you choose to do your own walks or are on a self-guided walking holiday, we ask that you please complete an Independent Walker Card each day. These can be found near the Discovery Point in the house. 

Food & drink

Led by experienced chefs, we serve a wide range of dishes made with fresh and seasonal ingredients. We always aim to source the best produce available and use home-grown herbs and vegetables from our own gardens whenever possible. Additionally, we have a licensed bar with beers, soft drinks, and a superb selection of spirits. Full-board comes as standard and includes a cream tea on arrival and a hearty breakfast on departure day.

HF Holidays understands the importance of managing allergens effectively to ensure food is safe for guests with food allergies. Whilst we are always able to confidently inform guests which allergens are present in our ingredients and dishes, we are unable to guarantee absolute freedom from the 14 main allergens in our kitchens. Vegetarian and vegan menu choices are available. If you have allergies, food intolerances, or any special dietary requirements, please inform our reservation team at the time of booking.

Accessibility

For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865 or view the accessibility information online for Longmynd House

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Getting to Longmynd House

Find out more about this location including travel details and room types.

More Information

Address

Longmynd House
Cunnery Road
Church Stretton
Shropshire SY6 6AG

Tel: +44 (0)1694 722244

By train

The nearest station is Church Stretton.  Although Longmynd House is less than a mile from the station, it is at the top of a steep hill and there is no taxi rank at the station. Taxis are in extremely limited supply in the Church Stretton area and drivers usually come from further afield which is reflected in fares.

Shrewsbury has more choice of trains, and you can take a taxi directly to the house from the station (see below).    

Check National Rail for train times and routes.

By taxi

From Shrewsbury, it’s a 15-mile journey taking 30 to 40 minutes.

For pricing, please contact Me2You Cars directly.

Me2You Cars
You can pre-book a taxi from our recommended Shrewsbury based company, Me2You Cars*. We recommend booking your taxi at least seven days in advance by contacting:

Tel: +44 (0)1743 537644 or 07791 670110
Email: danielle@me2youcars.com

*Me2You Cars is not owned or managed by HF Holidays.

By car

There’s free car parking at Longmynd House if you decide to drive. 

Follow the A49 to Church Stretton. At the traffic lights turn off into town, then at the first junction turn left onto the High Street. Go straight over the mini-roundabout, and then take the next right into Cunnery Road. Follow the road up the steep hill to Longmynd House.

By air

The nearest airport is Manchester International Airport. 

Trains take about two hours, with a change in Crewe. 

You can also fly into London Heathrow airport, but it’ll take at least 4 hours to reach Shrewsbury by train.

National Rail has up-to-date routes and train times.

The UK has a famously unpredictable climate so it's best to be prepared for weather that’s sunny one minute and raining the next.  To make it easier, here’s a list of items you should consider packing.   

Essentials  

  • Suitable footwear such as waterproof walking boots that provide ankle support and good grip  
  • Waterproof and windproof jacket 
  • Comfortable clothing (jeans & waterproof capes are not suitable)  
  • Mid-layer(s) to keep you warm. Fleeces make a good choice
  • Waterproof overtrousers  
  • Gloves and a warm hat  
  • Rucksack with waterproof liner 
  • Spotting scope and/or binoculars 
  • Flask for hot drinks   
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litre capacity)  
  • Sunscreen  
  • UV sunglasses  

Recommended  

  • Several base layers (long-sleeve or short-sleeve)  
  • Cushioned walking socks to avoid blisters  
  • First aid kit, including plasters and insect repellent 
  • Sit mat   
  • Waterproof pouch for valuables  
  • Rubbish bag (remember to always leave no trace)  
  • Wallet/purse  
  • Camera 
  • First-aid kit 

Longmynd House Calendar

  • Guided Walking
  • Self-Guided Walking
  • Special Interests
  • Unavailable to Book

Guest reviews

Duration:
7 nights
Type:
Guided walking for solos
Walking Grade:
2, 3 & 4

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