5-Night Shropshire Hills Guided Walking Holiday

Dramatic Sunset Clouds Over Carding Mill Valley, Shropshire Hills UK
Duration: 5 nights
Type: Guided Walking
Walking Grade: 2, 3 & 4
from £545pp £273pp

Nicknamed “Little Switzerland”, the rolling hills around Church Stretton offer fabulous views in all directions. We have great walks right on our doorstep, including the shapely hill of Caer Caradoc, and the great moorland ridge of the Long Mynd. Be inspired by the history of this border county, and the charm of storied towns such as Much Wenlock, the birthplace of the modern Olympic Games. Discover Iron Age hill forts, castles, and medieval market towns as you explore the beautiful Shropshire countryside.

Holiday Highlights

  • Head out on full day 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
  • Let a local leader bring classic routes and offbeat areas to life
  • 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 group keen to get some fresh air in one of England’s most beautiful walking areas
  • 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

  • High quality en-suite accommodation in our country house
  • Full board from dinner upon arrival to breakfast on departure day
  • 4 days guided walking
  • Choice of up to three guided walks each walking day
  • The services of HF Holidays Walking Leaders
  • Any transport to and from the walks

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDFs for each holiday.

On our Guided Walking holidays, we believe that choice is key. Our walks descriptions will help you choose according to your interests and fitness. The walks are grouped together with care by local experts to give the best experience. While every effort will be made to adhere to the described itinerary, we may occasionally vary the sequence shown here or substitute an alternative route to suit local conditions or for other operational reasons, potentially at short notice.

You're welcome to check-in to your room from 2:30 p.m. onwards (upgraded rooms from 1 p.m.) Please join us for afternoon tea.


Option 1 - Slopes of Caer Caradoc

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Total ascent: 1,200 feet (360m)

In Summary: A lovely route around Church Stretton. Head across the valley and along a scenic path which runs along the slopes of Caer Caradoc hill.

Highlight: Enjoy views over Church Stretton and the Long Mynd as we follow the balcony path around Caer Caradoc.

Option 2 - Conquering Caer Caradoc

Distance: 9 miles (14km)

Total ascent: 1,950 feet (600m)

In Summary: We cross the valley to ascend the long ridge of Hope Bowdler Hill. Our second summit is the shapely Caer Caradoc Hill.

Highlight: 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 (18km)

Total ascent: 2,700 feet (820m)

In Summary: 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. 

Highlight: The satisfaction of bagging three hills with outstanding views.


Option 1 - Little Stretton

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Total ascent: 1,100 feet (340m)

In Summary: Today we head out from the house around Ragleth to our lunch stop in Marshbrook. The afternoon jaunt heads for Little Stretton and back to the house.

Highlight: The viewpoints on this walk illustrate perfectly why this area is known as ‘Little Switzerland.’

 

Option 2 - Along the Long Mynd

Distance: 8½ miles (13½km)

Total ascent: 1,550 feet (480m)

In Summary: Head to the top of the Long Mynd via Townbrook Valley. We then head south along the ridge to Minton Hill, before returning to our country house via the village of Little Stretton.

Highlight: The great ridge of the Long Mynd rises behind our country house, offering miles of outstanding walking. Soak up the panoramic views over the Gliding Station and Welsh Borderlands. 

Option 3 - Long Mynd Spine

Distance: 12 miles (19km)

Total ascent: 2,550 feet (780m)

In Summary: This figure of eight walk first ascends Pole Bank via the delightful valley of Ashes Hollow. We then descend the western slopes to Adstone Hill, before returning over the Long Mynd ridge and descending Townbrook Valley to Church Stretton.

Highlight: Little walked and peaceful Adstone Hill, the challenge of walking the very best of the Long Mynd, and the views west are some of the high points of this walk. 

 


Option 1 - From the Wrekin to Ironbridge

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Total ascent: 800 feet (240m)

In Summary: Our walk takes us around the lower slopes of the iconic Wrekin, along tracks through the ancient Royal Hunting Forest, and through beautiful countryside, to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of The Ironbridge Gorge.

Highlight: The quirky shops, pubs and cafes, not forgetting the antique centre in a world-famous Teddy Bear Factory, in the beautiful riverside town of Ironbridge.

 

Option 2 - On top of the Wrekin

Distance: 8½ miles (13.5km)

Total ascent: 1,400 feet (440m)

In Summary: We start our walk by heading to the summit of The Wrekin, viewing the remains of the Iron Age Fort before heading to Ironbridge via the lovely village of Little Wenlock.

Highlight: Seeing the very iron works where the industrial revolution began in the 18th Century, changing the world forever.

 

Option 3 - From Wellington to Ironbridge

Distance: 10½ miles (17km)

Total ascent: 2,150 feet (640m)

In Summary: Starting with The Wrekin's little sister, The Ercall, and then taking in The Wrekin itself, we follow the famous Shropshire Way through the Shropshire Countryside to finish our day in Ironbridge.

Highlight: The panoramic views of the Welsh Marches and the Shropshire and Cheshire Plains from the summit of The Wrekin.

 


Option 1 - Around Ludlow

Distance: 5½ miles (8.5km)

Total ascent: 800 feet (240m)

In Summary: From Bromfield we head towards Mortimer Forest before descending into Ludlow for a look around the historic town.  

Highlight: The town of Ludlow where the walk concludes is described by John Betjeman as "probably the loveliest town in England.”

 

Option 2 - Mortimer Forest

Distance: 6½ miles (10.5km)

Total ascent: 900 feet (280m)

In Summary: Also from Bromfield, this walk heads further up into the forest before we descend the Mary Knoll Valley and finish in Ludlow. 

Highlight: Ludlow is one of England's finest market towns with its array of black and white timbered buildings, overlooked by an impressive castle.

 

Option 3 - Mortimer Forest & Ludlow

Distance: 10½ miles (17km)

Total ascent: 1700 feet (520m)

In Summary: We follow field footpaths through rolling countryside above the River before ascending to the summit at High Vinnalls in the Mortimer Forest. We descend the Mary Knoll Valley and continue to Ludlow.  

Highlight: Enjoy fine views over the Shropshire countryside towards the Clee Hills.

 


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. 


You're welcome to check-in to your room from 2:30 p.m. onwards (upgraded rooms from 1 p.m.) Please join us for afternoon tea.


Option 1 - Darnford Valley

Distance: 7 miles (11½km)

Total ascent: 1,050 feet (320m)

In Summary: Our route follows the beautiful Darnford Valley, then heads over Betchcott and Bodbury hills to cross Long Mynd and return to the house.

Guided Walking: 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)

In Summary: 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. 

Highlight: The heather-clad ridge of the Long Mynd dominates the skyline. 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)

In Summary: 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.

Highlight: On a clear day you'll enjoy sweeping views across Shropshire and the Welsh hills.

 


Option 1 - Slopes of Caer Caradoc

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Total ascent: 1,200 feet (360m)

In Summary: A lovely route around Church Stretton. Head across the valley and along a scenic path which runs along the slopes of Caer Caradoc hill.

Highlight: Enjoy views over Church Stretton and the Long Mynd as we follow the balcony path around Caer Caradoc.

 

Option 2 - Caer Caradoc

Distance: 9 miles (14km)

Total ascent: 1,950 feet (600m)

In Summary: We cross the valley to ascend the long ridge of Hope Bowdler Hill. Our second summit is the shapely Caer Caradoc Hill.

Highlight: 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 (18km)

Total ascent: 2,750 feet (840m)

In Summary: 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. 

Highlight: The satisfaction of bagging 3 hills with outstanding views.

 


Option 1 - Beneath the Stiperstones

Distance: 7½ miles (12km)

Total ascent: 1,000 feet (320m)

In Summary: Follow an undulating route over the rolling Shropshire hills to The Bog visitor centre, then skirt round Stiperstones, a very distinctive hill crowned with quartzite scree.

Highlight: Discover the area's rich history as you explore a Bronze Age stone circle and learn about the area's lead and baryte mines.

 

Option 2 - The Stiperstones Ridge

Distance: 9 miles (14½km)

Total ascent: 1,300 feet (400m)

In Summary: Discover the Mitchell’s Fold stone circle, then walk over Mucklewick Hill to Nipstone Rock, then traverse the full Stiperstones ridge.

Highlight: Mitchell's Fold is a Bronze Age stone circle set in dramatic moorland. Hear about its legends as we start this fabulous walk. 

 

Option 3 - Stapeley Hill & the Stiperstones

Distance: 10½ miles (17km)

Total ascent: 1,550 feet (460m)

In Summary: A longer route that explores Stapeley Hill and the rolling Shropshire countryside, before traversing the length of the rugged Stiperstones ridge.

Highlight: The final stretch along the spectacular Stiperstones Ridge is simply fantastic with panoramic views over the Shropshire and Welsh countryside.

 


Option 1 - Pole Bank & Mott's Road

Distance: 6½ miles (10½km)

Total ascent: 1,350 feet (400m)

In Summary: From Townbrook Valley, on our doorstep, a steady ascent leads to the heather moorland of the Long Mynd and its summit, Pole Bank. We descend down the highly scenic Carding Mill Valley.

Highlight: Relax at the National Trust café in the Carding Mill Valley and enjoy the views of this local beauty spot.

 

Option 2 - Along the Long Mynd

Distance: 8½ miles (13½km)

Total ascent: 1,550 feet (480m)

In Summary: Head to the top of the Long Mynd via Townbrook Valley. We then head south along the ridge to Minton Hill, before returning to our country house via the village of Little Stretton.

Highlight: The great ridge of the Long Mynd rises behind our country house, offering miles of outstanding walking. Soak up the panoramic views over the Gliding Station and Welsh Borderlands. 

 

Option 3 - Over the Ridge to Adstone Hill

Distance: 12 miles (19km)

Total ascent: 2,550 feet (780m)

In Summary: This figure of eight walk first ascends Pole Bank via the delightful valley of Ashes Hollow. We then descend the western slopes to Adstone Hill, before returning over the Long Mynd ridge and descending Townbrook Valley to Church Stretton.

Highlight: Little walked and peaceful Adstone Hill, the challenge of walking the very best of the Long Mynd, and the views west are some of the high points of this walk. 

 


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.

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

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.
  • 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

 

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.

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 our team.

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 Good and Better 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 ‘Good’ rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Better’ Rooms that are either larger or have a desirable view, a more luxurious mattress, larger television, enhanced toiletries and a fluffy bathrobe & slippers – 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. Lunch is a chance to stock up on our famous picnic snacks. Food at Longmynd House is varied and tasty and has a strong emphasis on ingredients from the area and seasonal produce. Once a week the bright dining room with its wrap around windows hosts a Local Food Night, when, over a sociable evening, you might try a five-course feast of regional flavours.

Accessibility

For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865

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What to Bring

Essential Equipment

To enjoy walking/hiking comfortably and safely, footwear, clothing and equipment needs to be suitable for the conditions. Safety is our priority and Britain is famous for its changeable weather, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities.

  • Footwear with a good grip on the sole (e.g.Vibram sole) is the key to avoiding accidents
  • Walking/hiking boots providing ankle support and good grip are recommended (ideally worn in), and specialist walking socks to avoid blisters
  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed, are better than a single layer (include spares)
  • Fabrics (lightweight and fast drying) designed for the outdoors are recommended
  • Waterproof jacket and waterproof over trousers
  • Warm hat and gloves. Gaiters are an optional but useful extra
  • Denim jeans and capes are not suitable on any walks
  • Rucksack with a waterproof liner
  • Thermos flask for hot drink
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litre)
  • Spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar
  • Small torch
  • First aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed)

Optional Equipment

  • Walking poles are useful, particularly for descents
  • Insect repellent
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream
  • Camera

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £10 per person.

Holiday Prices

Date (Start - End) Nights Itinerary Price Status Trip Notes Book
2020
28 Feb - 04 Mar
5 Version 2 (runs 2020) £545 £273 Save 50% Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
19 Jul - 24 Jul
5 Version 1 (runs 2020) £674 £584 Save £90 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
Duration:
5 nights
Type:
Guided Walking
Walking Grade:
2 & 3

5 nights from £545pp £273pp

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