Shropshire Seventy Challenge

Shropshire landscape near Church Stretton, England, UK
Duration: 3 nights
Type: Challenge Walks
Walking Grade: 6

You don’t always have to go to the mountainous national parks of the UK to enjoy hill walking of the highest quality. Shropshire has it in abundance from Earl’s Hill (not too far from Shrewsbury), to the fabulous quartzite of the Stiperstones Ridge, the glorious ridge of The Long Mynd and the beautiful shapely hills around Caer Caradoc to the east. These mini-massifs are all within easy reach of each other so if you fancy ticking the lot off in one weekend, come and test yourself over the full 70 kilometres!

Holiday Highlights

  • See the best hills in Shropshire including some hidden gems which are usually the preserve of locals
  • Nearly 2,500m of ascent over the weekend
  • Finish at two great country pubs for a well-earned pint of Shropshire Ale
  • A genuine challenge but easier than some of our super-testing big mountain challenges

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 to your room from 2:30 p.m. onwards (upgraded rooms from 1 p.m.) Please join us for afternoon tea when you can meet your leader and discuss the challenge ahead.


Distance: 22 miles (35.5km)

Total Ascent: 3,981 feet (1,213m)

We’re lucky to have these brilliant walks literally on our doorstep, so we start walking soon after loading up with a calorific breakfast (by 8 am) for today’s 35 kms. The route heads first over Ragleth, Caer Caradoc and the Lawley before swinging west to go up and over The Long Mynd. We finish at the pub at Bridges.


Distance: 21½ miles (34.5km)

Total Ascent: 3,050 feet (930m)

Good food, company and rest and we’re raring to go again with another early start from the front door. Straight up to the highest point of The Long Mynd then west to pick up the Shropshire Way over Linley Hill and the whole of the fabulous Stiperstones Ridge. We keep walking roughly northeast to eventually reach the last top of Earl’s Hill, and a magical drink at the Nag’s Head in Pontesbury.


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:
Challenge Walks
Walking Grade:
6

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