Shropshire Hills Through a Lens Holiday

Church Stretton

Code: CSEPT

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Activity types:

  • Central location
  • Hills & moorland
From £924.00 - 7 nights

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Holiday overview

Capture the rich tapestry of Great Britain on camera. Explore and photograph both the iconic and the quirky that make our land and coast unique. From the cottages and castles, fishing harbours and flower-rich meadows, hills and heathland, dry stone walls and designer gardens, unveil the true essence of your location. Our expert leader will give you the expertise you need to get the best out of your camera and that inspirational vista. During the course of each day we'll walk up to 3 miles (5km)

Holiday highlights

  • Spend most of the day outdoors seeking out the best light and the best images
  • Small sociable group of like-minded people
  • Evenings offer opportunities for further tuition, or the chance to review the day's photographs

Price includes

  • High quality Full Board en-suite accommodation and excellent food in our Country House
  • Guidance and tuition from a knowledgeable HF Holidays’ leader, to ensure you get the most from your holiday
  • All essential transport to photography locations, via mini-coach or other mode of transport e.g. boat

In pictures...

Accommodation

HF Holidays' Longmynd House in Church Stretton

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.

Rooms

'Good' Rooms 

These rooms are all ensuite and furnished to a good standard. They include:

  • Check in from 2:30pm
  • Tea and coffee-making facilities
  • 23 inch TV
  • Toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Free WiFi

'Better' Rooms 

These rooms are slightly larger and/or have a better view. They include:

  • Early check in from 1pm
  • Tea & Coffee making facilities
  • Fluffy bathrobe & slippers
  • 32 inch TV
  • More luxurious mattress
  • Enhanced toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Smalls drying rack
  • Free WiFi

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

  • Excellent boot and drying rooms
  • Extensive public rooms
  • Large dining room with outstanding views of Stretton Valley
  • Lounge bar with outstanding views of Stretton 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
  • Patio
  • Large heated swimming pool
    (open May to September)
  • Woodland walks on the slopes beneath the hotel
  • Sculpture trail

Dining

An example of Church Stretton evening mealAll 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.
 Take your fill from our famous self-service picnic lunches
A relaxed social dinner is a highlight of any stay at our Country Houses

Your evenings

Make the most of your evening or join us at the barJust 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.

Accessibility

More details on Church Stretton accessibility

Additional Information

  • 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.

Itinerary

Arrival day

You can check in to your room from 2.30pm onwards. Please join us for afternoon tea. All guests are invited – we’ll introduce your leader and welcome you to your holiday.

Composition and colour balance in Carding Mill Valley

We’ll spend the morning enjoying a spot of tuition, techniques will be explained and we’ll discuss how the image can be improved before it is taken. We’ll pay particular attention to topics related to composition and colour balance. After lunch we’ll take a walk to the lovely Carding Mill Valley, putting the morning’s techniques into practice, we’ll then return to the Longmynd House to review our efforts.

Coping with converging verticals at Ironbridge, Bridgnorth and Much Wenlock

By way of contrast, today focuses on historic Ironbridge and its iconic structure that straddles the River Severn. Today we shall learn how to avoid or correct converging verticals where buildings appear to be falling over, with visits in the afternoon to the characterful town of Bridgnorth and picturesque parish of Much Wenlock.

Free day

Our Discovery Points help you make the most out of your free day. There’s plenty of maps and a selection of the best local walking routes, as well as weather forecasts and public transport options – plus details about other places to visit.

Depth of field at Montgomery Castle, Stiperstones and the Long Mynd

Today we look at depth-of-field and how it can improve composition. The ancient walls of Montgomery Castle will act as a foil to the distant views of the Welsh Marches. After lunch we’ll head off to the scenic tops of the Long Mynd and the Stiperstones

Capturing the best of Ludlow and Clun on camera

Today we’ll head to Ludlow in the morning, which boosts the distinction of being one of the finest towns in England. Afterwards we head for ‘the quietest place under the sun’ - Clun, immortalized in verse by A.E. Housman.

Putting it altogether with a Shrewsbury finale

After a hearty breakfast we head off to Shrewsbury, where there’s plenty for us to photograph – an abbey, a castle and the beautiful Quarry Park – not to mention the town centre which is packed with timber-framed black and white buildings, steep narrow streets and alleyways.

Departure day

Depart after a leisurely breakfast.

Sometimes things happen beyond our control – the weather, traffic jams or changes at the places we visit. If we need to adjust your holiday programme, for whatever reason, your leader will help smooth the way. 

 

What to Bring

  • your camera and other essential accessories
  • memory card
  • battery and charger
  • your camera’s instruction manual
  • waterproof clothing and outdoor footwear, ideally walking boots
  • bag for your camera equipment, spare clothing, lunch, water, etc
  • notebook and pencil (pencils work better in the rain!)
  • a laptop plus accessories for viewing, editing and sharing images (whilst it’s not absolutely essential, bringing your own laptop will mean you get more from your photography holiday if you shoot digital)

Optional camera accessories (remember you will have to carry some of these)

  • spare memory cards
  • a spare camera battery
  • a spare camera (you never know)
  • a small selection of lenses: wide angle, telephoto, macro, for example
  • filters: neutral density and graduated, polarising
  • memory stick or CD for storing images
  • a tripod or monopod if you feel more comfortable with one
  • camera rain-protector—a shower cap or plastic bag, or something more expensive if you prefer

Local area

Discover Shropshire

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.

Black and white timbered shops in LudlowLudlow
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

Iron bridge across the River SevernIronbridge Gorge
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/

Steam trains at a station on the Severn Valley RailwaySevern 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

Horse and plough at work at Acton Scott farmActon 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 

 

 

Shrewsbury
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. 

Much Wenlock
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.

Hereford
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

Attingham Park
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

Powis Castle and its surrounding gardensPowis Castle
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

 

Walls of Chirk CastleChirk 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

Travel to Church Stretton

Our address is: Longmynd House, Cunnery Road, Church Stretton, Shropshire SY6 6AG

How to get to us by train

By train:

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, 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).

NOTE: Unfortunately taxis are not available at the station and there is no taxi service in Church Stretton. 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 station transfer in advance for just £7 (details below).

Use an HF transfer

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 7 days in advance by calling 0345 470 7558.

Get to us by Taxi

By taxi:

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. 

Driving to us

By car:

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.

 Travel by plane

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.

Leaders

Derek Gale

Derek is a Fine Art photographer and photography trainer based in South Oxfordshire. His Fine Art images show creative use of texture, colour and especially of movement. He has been called "The Light Ninja"... His passion for photography has inspired him to help others improve their own photographic skills and creativity. As well as offering training for individuals he is a regular workshop tutor for the Royal Photographic Society, and he believes that learning should be serious fun! 

For more information about Derek’s work, see his website: www.galephotography.co.uk

Excellent communicator, programme well prepared and researched, enthusiastic and professional manner.

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21 Jun 2019 CSEPT - Shropshire Through a Lens - Church Stretton 7 £989.00 £924.00 Save £65 Per Person Book Now

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