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 a extensive public rooms, it is an excellent base for our walking and leisure activity holidays.
Longmynd House has 50 bedrooms, all in the main building. These are situated on the top three floors. Some rooms have the benefit of a balcony so that guests can make the most of our enviable hillside location, whilst others overlook the extensive wooded grounds. There is a lift to all floors, and members of staff will always be on hand to welcome you and help with your luggage.
Our classic bedrooms offer comfortable accommodation and an en-suite bathroom with bath or shower. They also have TV, hairdryer, and tea and coffee making facilities. Single rooms are available at no extra cost.
You can enjoy extra space or exceptional views plus additional facilities including a towelling robe and complimentary slippers when you upgrade to a premium bedroom. Premium rooms are available at just £10 extra per person per night.
If you are travelling with your family, we have a selection of 3 and 4-bedded family bedrooms. These have all the facilities of our classic rooms plus full sized twin or double beds for adults and bunk beds or occasional beds for children.
In addition there are 8 brick-built lodges in the grounds - a popular alternative for families or couples. These have either 1 or 2 bedrooms, plus a fully equipped kitchen, sitting/dining room and bathroom. Facilities include TV and DVD player, radio / CD player and hairdryer. Each lodge also has its own patio and parking.
All our Country Houses are tailored to the needs of walkers and outdoor enthusiasts and have excellent boot and drying rooms.
Longmynd House is one of our largest Country Houses and has extensive public rooms.
On the ground floor there is a large dining room and lounge bar, both designed to make maximum use of the oustanding views across the Stretton Valley. There is also a central lounge area plus three large additional rooms which can be used as a lounge, for additional dining, or as an activity room for our Leisure Activities holidays. Free WiFi is available in some public rooms and bedrooms. There is also a range of board games and books.
A large heated swimming pool (open May to September) and patio is situated on the lower tier beneath the bar and dining room.
Longmynd House sits in extensive wooded grounds. There are pleasant woodland walks on the slopes beneath the hotel, plus a sculpture trail and mini-golf.
All holidays at our Country Houses are Full Board with all meals included, from dinner on arrival to breakfast on the day of your departure.
Start your day with our extensive breakfast. Choose from a wide selection on the cold buffet and/or a full cooked breakfast. Maybe enjoy a lighter option of fruit and yoghurt followed by scrambled egg, go for porridge followed by a full English breakfast, or select something in between.
Choose from our famous self-select picnic lunches - everything you need to keep you going on a day outdoors. Your own choice of sandwiches is prepared to order, and you can add crisps and snacks, fruit, nuts, chocolate bars, sweets and biscuits as you wish.
Our house-based Leisure Activities include an in-house lunch (generally soup, sandwiches etc).
The relaxed dinner is a highlight of any stay at our Country Houses. With tables seating up to 10 and no seating plan, it offers a great opportunity to get to know your fellow guests. There is always a choice of dishes for every course, featuring good British cooking and often local specialities. A vegetarian option is always available.
All our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.
Guided Walking: enjoy a glass of wine or local beer in the bar before a talk about the next day's walks. After dinner there will be an activity or entertainment which you will be welcome to join. These vary from week to week but could include a talk on local wildlife from a visiting speaker or a team quiz. Alternatively if you prefer, feel free to just relax in our lounge or bar.
Leisure Activities: many of our Leisure Activities holidays continue into the evening with programmed sessions. Other holidays will have the evenings free, and you will be welcome to join in other social activities that may be happening in the house.
Family holidays: our activity leaders are on hand to organise children’s activities and games for younger children before dinner. These could include rounders, outdoor games, or crafts. After dinner there are further activities for the whole family.
Self-Guided Walking: there may be evening social activities happening in the house during your holiday, and you will be most welcome to join in. However, not all self-guided holidays will have evening activities available – if these are important to you, please check before booking.
Car Parking and Arrival
We have ample private car parking located at the front of the hotel. The car park is level and illuminated at night. Check in is normally from 3pm, earlier arrival may be possible, please advise us accordingly. Disabled Parking can be found to the side of the main entrance.
Main Entrance and Reception and Public Areas
The car park and main entrance to hotel are both on ground level. Our main door opens inwards and is 166 cm wide. The hotel reception is situated to the left of our main entrance. Our Bar, Restaurant and Functions rooms are also all located on the ground floor. There are fitted carpets everywhere in the hotel and from our lounge there is only a small step measuring 10 cm high down onto the corridor leading to our foyer. However this is not a problem as we have more than one method of access to these public areas which does not involve the usage of the step. Also at the entrance to one of our function rooms we have a step measuring 10.5 cm high which can also be accessed from an alternative ground floor access.
The front door remains unlocked until 11pm approx when the bar closes, to access the hotel building after this please make arrangements with reception on check in. There is a bell at the reception desk to summon assistance. Assistance with luggage is also available upon check-in and check out.
There is just one main staircase in the hotel giving access to all three floors. From the foyer there are 11 steps to a “half” landing, then to the left another 8 steps to a “half” landing, then to the left again another 8 steps to the landing of the first floor. Then from the first floor there are 9 steps to a “half” landing, to the left another 8 steps to a “half” landing then again to the left another 4 steps to the landing of the second floor. Then from the second floor to the third floor there are 9 steps to a “half” landing, then to the left another 8 steps to a “half” landing then to the left again just one step to the third floor landing. On average there is a 18 cm gap between each step. There is a wooden handrail which travels from Ground floor to third floor. There is also an elevator which can be found just beside the stair case in foyer also going to all three floors if required.
We have male and female toilets on the ground floor in the reception area and also a disabled toilet on the third floor which can be accessed by elevator or staircase. Please contact reception if you require access to this bathroom during your stay with us.
Longmynd House has central heating and individual thermostats on all bedroom radiators, Electric fans are available for the rooms during hot weather if required.
Guests are welcome to use the lounge at any time. It is furnished with a selection of arm chairs and sofas. We light an open coal fire in the winter evenings and provide magazines, news papers and board games for the guests’ enjoyment.
The Dining Room
We have two main restaurants, Caradoc and Ashlett, although our other two function rooms have licences to serve food too, so in high season or during busy periods then the other two function rooms, Ragleth and Burway, can also be used as restaurants. Our tables are of standard height can easily accommodate wheelchair users. The dining chairs are high backed and are wooden. The chairs do not have arm rests although this can be provided. The dining room floor is flat and covered with fitted carpets. There is one step down into the lower section of the restaurant. An alternative route can be arranged for wheelchair users.
A full and varied breakfast menu is on offer and any dietary requirements can be catered for with priory notice. For lunch and evening meals we offer a varied menu of which the chefs are using locally sourced, high quality produce. The chef is always happy to discuss dietary requirements you may have.
The bar is spread across our Caradoc restaurant and Lounge area, and can be seen from the reception foyer. The furniture is a mixture of tables and chairs in different styles.
We have 50 bedrooms all of which are fully carpeted with en-suite bathrooms. Some of our rooms have balconies and views across the valley. They all have televisions with remote controls. Every room has clock-radios and tea coffee making facilities. Each room has a seating area, either with an arm chair or sofa. In the room we also provide hair dryers and a selection of reading material. Beds are made up of crisp white cotton under sheets, white cotton top sheet and blankets and soft cotton pillow cases. Some beds have throws and there are extra blankets and pillows in the wardrobe. All the single beds are 3 Foot wide and 2 Foot high and the double beds are 4 Foot 6” and 2 Foot high.
The majority of our bedrooms have showers which have a step 9 inches into them.
The main door to the lodge may have a step in, which varies in size up to a maximum of 9 inches. Alternative access can be arranged or a ramp can be provided with prior notice. All lodges are heated and have a fully equipped kitchen, sitting/dining room, bedroom(s) and bath room (bath with shower over). Bed linen and towels are provided. All the single beds are 3ft wide and 2ft high and the double beds are 4ft 6" and 2ft high.
We have two outdoor seating areas, one just in front of the main entrance, on a wooden deck ten 6 inch steps up or via ramp. The other seating area is only open from April – October every year as there is a 14m by 6m swimming pool, the shallow end being 1m and the deep end 3m. During the swimming pool opening times deck chairs and tables are put out for guests to sit and relax if they wish.
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 staff.
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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