Guided Walking for Solos at Church Stretton
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Hills & moorland
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.
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.
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
• Comfortable accommodation
• En-suite bathroom with bath or shower
• Tea and coffee making facilities
• Single rooms are available at no extra charge
• 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
• 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
|• 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
|• Large heated swimming pool (open May to September)
• Woodland walks on the slopes beneath the hotel
• Sculpture trail
|All holidays at our Country Houses are full board with breakfast, picnic lunch and evening meal. All of our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.
√ Start your day with our extensive breakfast.
All of our bars are stocked with locally sourced drinks so you can really soak up your surroundings.
Our experienced guides offer the choice of up to three different walks each day – you can choose an Easier Walk one day and switch to a Harder Walk the next.
Easier Walks Medium Walks Harder Walks
Saturday: The Stretton Hills
Easier Walk: This is a pleasant introductory circuit around Church Stretton. The route takes us across the valley, then follows a scenic path which traverses around the slopes of Caer Caradoc hill, before returning via All Stretton. 7 miles (11km) with 1,200 feet (360m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: This takes in two iconic hills. We cross the valley and then ascend the long ridge of Hope Bowdler Hill before descending across Cwms Lane and ascending Caer Caradoc Hill before returning via All Stretton. 9 miles (14.5km) with 2,000ft (620m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: The Harder Walk takes in three iconic hills: ascending Ragleth Hill via Little Stretton and then Hope Bowdler Hill and Caer Caradoc Hill. A return is made through All Stretton crossing Batch Valley, Cwmdale and Cardingmill Valley. 11 miles (18km) with 2,750 feet (840m) of ascent.
Sunday: Darnford Valley and Betchcott Hills
Today’s walks start on the west side of the Long Mynd and return to Church Stretton via the beautiful Darnford Valley and the Betchcott Hills on the northern end of the Long Mynd.
Easier Walk: This starts at Bridges hamlet and follows the Darnford Valley up to the Betchcott Hills and the Long Mynd with a return to Church Stretton across its moorland golf course. 7 miles (11.5km) with 1,050 feet (320m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: Starting in the upper East Onny valley we cross the Gatten hills in view of the Stiperstones ridge and turn to reach Ratlinghope in the Darnford Valley. Thereafter we follow the Easier Walk route back to the Longmynd. 9 miles (14.5km) with 1,350 feet (420m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: We start in the village of Pulverbatch and follow the Shropshire Way over Wilderley Hill to Thresholds. Our route then turns west to the upper East Onny valley. We then follow the Medium Walk route. 13 miles (20.5km) with 2,150 feet (660m) of ascent.
Tuesday: The Clun Valley and Craven Arms
Easier Walk: We start from Aston on Clun famous for its Arbor Tree. After exploring the very historic church at Hopesay, an ascent takes us over Hopesay Hill, before a gradual descent to Stokesay Castle. A short walk alongside the River Onny takes us to Craven Arms and the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre. 7.5 miles (12km) with 900 feet (260m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: From Clunton, the walk goes over Merry Hill, to join the Shropshire Way, before a descent into the hamlet of Kempton and then on to the pretty village of Hopesay, to then ascend the hill of the same name. Now we join the route of the Easier Walk via Stokesay Castle to end at the Discovery Centre. 9.5 miles (15km) with 1,500 feet (460m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: From the village of Clun we ascend on the Shropshire Way before crossing the extensive remains of the large Iron Age fort at Bury Ditches. Now we descend through the landscaped estate of Walcot Hall, and into Kempton, where the Medium Walk route is now followed. 11 miles (18km) with 1,850 feet (580m) of ascent.
Wednesday: The Stiperstones
Easier Walk: We follow an undulating route to The Bog Visitor Centre – set in the remains of an old lead and barytes mining village. We then skirt round the Stiperstones, a very distinctive hill crowned with quartzite scree, before descending to Stiperstones village. 7.5miles (12.5km) with 1,000 feet (320m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: Starting near Mitchell’s Fold stone circle our route takes us south over Mucklewick Hill. We’ll then walk to Nipstone Rock and traverse the full Stiperstones ridge before descending to Stiperstones village. 9 miles (14.5km) with 1,300 feet (400m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: This longer walk first takes in Stapeley Hill, before following the same route as the Medium Walk along the impressive Stiperstones ridge. 11 miles (17.5km) with 1,550 feet (460m) of ascent.
Thursday: Pole Bank And The Long Mynd Valleys
Easier Walk: We reach the Townbrook Valley via Rectory Woods – 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 with its National Trust pavilion café and shop. 6.5 miles (10.5km) with 1,350 feet (400m) of ascent.
Medium Walk: We ascend Townbrook Valley to the summit of the Long Mynd at Pole Bank. Gently descending, we follow the Long Mynd ridge south towards the gliding station. A route over Minton Hill takes us to the medieval hamlet of Minton, with a return via Little Stretton. 8.5 miles (13.5km) with 1,550 feet (480m) of ascent.
Harder Walk: Little Stretton provides access to the unspoilt valley of Ashes Hollow, which rises up to the Boiling Well Spring and Pole Bank, summit of the Long Mynd. We descend to Medlicott and Adstone Hill, before returning up to the Long Mynd ridge. Our descent into Church Stretton is down the pretty Townbrook Valley. 12 miles (19km) with 2,550 feet (780m) of ascent.
Terrain and transport: Easier Walks are generally on good tracks and field paths. Medium Walks are on tracks and field paths - occasionally rough under foot. Harder Walks are on tracks, field paths and rugged hill terrain.
On some days the walks start or finish at the Longmynd; on other days we use hired transport at the start and/or end of the walks. The cost of all transport to and from the walks is included in the price of your holiday.
Our guests: The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly. There is normally a good mix of ages, of new guests and 'regulars' from Britain and overseas. On our Guided Walking for Solos holidays, the holiday is especially for single guests.
Free day: Each seven night holiday has a day without any organised walks, so you can explore Shropshire independently.
In the evenings: Your leaders will inform you about the choice of walks for the next day and answer any questions you may have. After a sociable evening meal you could join in an organised activity such as a quiz or a talk about the local area, relax in the bar or use the Country House facilities.
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.
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
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/
Severn 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
Acton 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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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 to Church Stretton
Our address is: Longmynd House, Cunnery Road, Church Stretton, Shropshire SY6 6AG
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. 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).
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 £5 return, however a place must be reserved in advance by calling 0345 470 7558.
If you can’t meet our station transfer it is possible to book a taxi. 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.
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.
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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|7 Jul 2017||CSBOS - Guided Walking - for Solos - Church Stretton||3||£359.00||£314.00||Book Now|
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