Shropshire Hills Guided Walking for Solos Holiday
Join other Solos travellers for guided walks in the Shropshire Hills
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Hills & moorland
Choosing the level of your walks
Our easy grading system shows whether a region offer gentle strolls or more challenging routes to help you choose the right holiday for you. 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 grade our walks 1 to 5 (where 1 is easy and 5 hard). Our 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.
These rooms are all ensuite and furnished to a good standard. They include:
These rooms are slightly larger and/or have a better view. They include:
Only an extra £15 per person per night
Choose Your Room: Our new “Choose Your Room” service is available at our UK country houses, providing the option to choose and confirm a specific room for an extra £30 per room. Supplement to upgrade to 'Better' rooms still apply. The choice of room number must be of the same room type as originally booked and is subject to availability.
At the house
|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.
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.
- 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.
Discover the Shropshire Hills on Foot
Explore the very best of Shropshire on our guided walks. We have great walks right on our doorstep, including the shapely summit of Caer Caradoc, and the great moorland ridge of the Long Mynd. Travel a little further to discover rolling green hills, sleepy villages, and charming market towns with their iconic black and white timbered houses. Join our friendly and knowledgeable guides who will bring this beautiful landscape to life.
- Our experienced guides offer the choice of three different walks each day
- Choose the option which best suits your interests and fitness
- We provide flexible holidays. Join our guided walks, explore independently, or relax at Longmynd House
Saturday: Darnford Valley and Betchcott Hills
Option 1: Darnford Valley
Distance: 7 miles (11½km)
Total ascent: 1,050 feet (320m)
The walk in a nutshell: Our route follows the beautiful Darnford Valley, then heads over Betchcott and Bodbury hills to cross Long Mynd and return to the house.
Don’t miss: The tranquil Darnford Valley provides an attractive route onto the heather-clad slopes of the Long Mynd and Golden Valley with its dwarf gorse bushes.
Option 2: Gatten Hill
Distance: 9 miles (14½km)
Total ascent: 1,350 feet (420m)
The walk in a nutshell: Cross Gatten Hill, then ascend steadily along the Darnford Valley to cross the Long Mynd ridge and head to Church Stretton close to Bodbury Hill.
Don’t miss: The heather-clad ridge of the Long Mynd dominates the skyline above Church Stretton. Enjoy the extensive views as you cross the ridge and descend towards Church Stretton.
Option 3: Wilderley Hill & Long Mynd
Distance: 13 miles (20½km)
Total ascent: 2,150 feet (660m)
The walk in a nutshell: Follow the Shropshire Way from the village of Church Pulverbatch over Wilderley Hill. Our route continues over the Long Mynd and along the stunning grassy ridge to Church Stretton.
Don’t miss: On a clear day you'll enjoy sweeping views across Shropshire and the Welsh hills.
Image 2: © Crown copyright 2016 (Visit Wales)
Sunday: The Stretton Hills
Option 1: Slopes of Caer Caradoc
Distance: 7 miles
Total ascent: 1,200 feet
The walk in a nutshell: A pleasant introductory circuit around Church Stretton. The route takes us across the valley and along a scenic path which traverses around the slopes of Caer Caradoc hill.
Don’t miss: Enjoy views over Church Stretton and the Long Mynd as we follow the balcony path aroundd Caer Caradoc.
Option 2: Caer Caradoc
Distance: 9 miles
Total ascent: 2,000 feet
The walk in a nutshell: We cross the valley to ascend the long ridge of Hope Bowdler Hill. Our second summit is the shapely Caer Caradoc Hill.
Don’t miss: 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: Three Stretton Hills
Distance: 11 miles
Total ascent: 2,750 feet
The walk in a nutshell: Climb the three iconic hills that dominate the eastern skyline above Church Stretton. We walk via Little Stretton onto Ragleth Hill then on via Hope Bowdler Hill and Caer Caradoc.
Don’t miss: Expect some steep ascents as you traverse the three summits, but the outstanding views are great reward for your efforts.
Tuesday: The Clun Valley
Option 1: Stokesay Castle
Distance: 7 miles
Total ascent: 500 feet
The walk in a nutshell: 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.
Don’t miss: Stokesay Castle is a real gem; a 13th Century fortifed manor house that was beseiged during the English Civil War.
Option 2: Clunton to Craven Arms
Distance: 9 miles
Total ascent: 1,400 feet
The walk in a nutshell: 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.
Don’t miss: 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".
Option 3: Shropshire Way
Distance: 11 miles
Total ascent: 1,800 feet
The walk in a nutshell: 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.
Don’t miss: Hopesay Hill may lack the height of the more famous Shropshire Hills, but its a delightful viewpoint with views over the rolling green countryside.
Wednesday: The Stiperstones
Option 1: Beneath the Stiperstones
Distance: 7½ miles
Total ascent: 1,000 feet
The walk in a nutshell: 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.
Don’t miss: Discover the area's rich history as you explore a Bronze Age stone circle and learn about the arrea's lead and barytes mines.
Option 2: Stiperstones Ridge
Distance: 9 miles
Total ascent: 1,300 feet
The walk in a nutshell: Discover the Mitchell’s Fold stone circle, then walk over Mucklewick Hill to Nipstone Rock, then traverse the full Stiperstones ridge.
Don’t miss: 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.
Option 3: Along the Stiperstones
Distance: 11 miles
Total ascent: 1,550 feet
The walk in a nutshell: A longer route that explores Stapeley Hill and the rolling Shropshire countryside, before traversing the length of the rugged Stiperstones ridge.
Don’t miss: The final stretch along the Stiperstones Ridge is most enjoyable with panoramic views over the Shropshire and Welsh countryside.
Thursday: Pole Bank And The Long Mynd Valleys
Option 1: Pole Bank
Distance: 6½ miles
Total ascent: 1,350 feet
The walk in a nutshell: 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.
Don’t miss: Relax at the National Trust cafe in the Carding Mill Valley and enjoy the views of this local beauty spot.
Option 2: Along the Long Mynd
Distance: 10½ miles
Total ascent: 700 feet
The walk in a nutshell: 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.
Don’t miss: 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.
Option 3: Over the ridge
Distance: 12 miles
Total ascent: 2,550 feet
The walk in a nutshell: 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.
Don’t miss: A challenging walk, but one with many rewards as you explore the very best of the Long Mynd.
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 steep hill (it has great views!) so a taxi is recommended.
For train times and route planning by train visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or phone 03457 48 49 50.
NOTE: Unfortunately taxis are not readily available at Church Stretton railway station particularly between 2pm and 4.30pm . If you call for a taxi on arrival at the station one will come from Craven Arms (another village approximately 10 miles away). The charge for this service to Longmynd House is £18. We therefore recommend booking a HF Holidays station transfer in advance for just £7 (details below).
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, 9.45am or 10:25. This transfer costs just £7 return, however a place must be reserved 14 days in advance by calling 020 8732 1220.
If you can’t meet our station transfer it is possible to book a taxi. Taxis can be limited so please pre-book. Details of our current recommended taxi company and rates will be sent to you with your booking.
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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|1 Nov 2019||CSBOS - Spring & Winter Walking for Solos - Church Stretton||7||£725.00||£625.00||Book Now|
|1 Nov 2019||CSBOS - Spring & Winter Walking for Solos - Church Stretton||3||£339.00||£294.00||Book Now|
|4 Nov 2019||CSBOS - Spring & Winter Walking for Solos - Church Stretton||4||£435.00||£375.00||Book Now|
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