Shropshire Hills Self-Guided Members' Break

Autumnal Heather Hills Flooded in Warm  SunsetLight and Beautiful Clouds
Duration: 3 nights
Type: Self-Guided Walking
Walking Grade: 1, 2, 3 & 4

Our self-guided Members-only breaks are ideal if you fancy a few days away at a great price to explore on foot, go sightseeing or just enjoy a good book in the comfort of our country house. The Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty offers undulating walks of varying difficulty to enjoy the rolling landscape and panoramic views. Set foot along the rock-topped Stiperstones Ridge or climb to the top of shapely Caer Caradoc hill for sweeping views of the local area with a bit of Bronze Age history thrown in too! You could also visit some of the area's local attractions which includes National Trust properties, the UNESCO-listed Ironbridge Gorge with its many living museums and an ancient castle or two! Our accommodation at Longmynd House is just a few minutes' walk from paths into the hills and contains a Discovery Point full of walking routes notes with maps for you to borrow.

Holiday Highlights

  • Head out on any of our 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
  • Use our Discovery Point, stocked with maps and walks directions for exploring the local area
  • 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 house
  • 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

What’s included

  • Best Prices: Members' Breaks are offered at a specially discounted price exclusively for HF Members
  • Great Value: all prices include Full Board en-suite accommodation at our country house
  • Sociability: as the breaks are Members only, this gives Members a great opportunity to meet and share stories

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDF’s for each holiday, please click the button below to find the right trip notes for your departure date.

You're welcome to check in from 4pm onwards.

Enjoy a complimentary Afternoon Tea on arrival.


Our easiest routes, allowing plenty of time to savour the magnificent Shropshire landscapes. All our walk notes suggest the best places to stop, great pubs, and tea rooms.

  • Pole Bank - 1½ miles
  • Exploring the Carding Mill Valley - 3 miles
  • The Stiperstones - 3 miles
  • The Gaerstones - 4 miles
  • Welshpool & Powis Castle - 4 miles
  • Bishop's Castle - 4 miles
  • Ironbridge Gorge - 4 miles

Some longer walks which start to venture onto the Shropshire Hills. Experience the beauty of this rural county as you walk through stunning scenery.

  • Around Ragleth - 5 miles
  • Stiperstones Circuit - 5 miles
  • Slopes of Caer Caradoc - 6 miles
  • Long Mynd & Carding Mill Valley - 6 miles
  • Long Mynd & Ashes Hollow - 7 miles

For those who enjoy striding out. These walks include some of the hills within easy reach of Church Stretton.

  • Ragleth & Hope Bowdler Hill - 8 miles
  • Long Mynd & Minton Hill - 8 miles
  • Caer Caradoc - 9 miles
  • Bishop's Moat - 9 miles
  • Caer Caradoc & the Lawley - 11 miles
  • Grand Long Mynd Circuit - 13 miles

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.

 

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 Classic and Premium 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 ‘Classic’ rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Premium’ Rooms that are either larger or have a desirable view, a more luxurious mattress and larger television – 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. Food at Longmynd House is varied with a strong emphasis on the use of seasonal British produce. Our experienced chefs create each dish using only the freshest ingredients and, when in season, use home grown herbs and vegetables taken from our own gardens to give a true taste of the local area.

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

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Essential Information

“There’s no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong type of clothing!” goes the adage. Come prepared for all eventualities and you’ll walk in comfort as well as safety. Britain’s famous for its changeable weather, so here’s our advice on what to wear and bring.

Essentials

  • Waterproof walking boots providing ankle support and good grip.
  • A waterproof jacket and over-trousers
  • Gloves and a warm hat (it can be chilly at any time of the year)
  • Rucksack
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litre capacity)
  • A small torch (everywhere in winter, year round in mountains)
  • Sun hat and sunscreen
    Denim jeans and waterproof capes are not suitable on any walks.

Recommended

  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed
  • Specialist walking socks to avoid blisters.
  • A first aid kit inc plasters– your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication
  • Sit mat (insulated pad to sit on when you stop for a break)

You might also want

  • Walking poles, particularly useful for descents.
  • Insect repellent
  • Flask for hot drinks
  • Rigid lunch box
  • Gaiters
  • Blister kit (eg Compeed) just in case
  • Waterproof rucksack liner

Guest Reviews

Duration:
3 nights
Type:
Self-Guided Walking
Walking Grade:
1, 2 & 3

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