The Shropshire Hills - Eastern Hills Guided Trail Holiday

Sunrise at The Long Mynd
Duration: 7 nights
Type: Trails
Walking Grade: 3
from £849pp £789pp

The Shropshire Way Eastern Hills trail is 58 miles (93km) of enjoyable, yet occasionally challenging ridge and hilltop walking. You will pass through the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), beginning at Long Mynd ridge and progressing towards Ludlow. Set mainly in quiet countryside, the route passes numerous ancient sites and tracks, as well as more ‘modern’ castles and follies. This holiday offers excellent opportunities for many outstanding hilltop panoramas, in contrasting scenery.

Holiday Highlights

  • Walk through the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)
  • Walk along along The Long Mynd Ridge and Wenlock Edge
  • Finish at the charming town of Ludlow
  • Pass many ancient sites, castles and follies

What’s included

  • High quality en-suite accommodation in our Country House
  • Full board from dinner upon arrival to breakfast on departure day
  • 5 days guided walking
  • Use of our comprehensive Discovery Point

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDFs for each holiday.

Download Trip Notes

Your leader will give an introductory talk about the holiday.


Walking from the House, we head into Carding Mill Valley and ascend on the Shropshire Way via the Motts Road bridleway, onto the heather moorland of the Long Mynd. From there, we turn SSW to reach the highest point of Pole Hill at 516m (1,693ft). We then continue all the way along the broad Long Mynd ridge on the ancient Port Way. We descend from the ridge at Black Knoll, to cross the River Onny (after a short section of ‘A’ road) and head up through Plowden Woods to Edgton village. From there we catch our coach to return to the House.

11 miles (17.5km) with 1,875 feet (570m) of ascent.


We return by coach to Edgton village to continue our walk through charming Round Oak and onto the expansive top of Hopesay Hill Common. From there, we head east to Craven Arms, passing Stokesay Castle, enroute to the Secret Hills Discovery Centre. Leaving Craven Arms to the NE we pass below Flounders Folly* and onto the wooded, long limestone escarpment of Wenlock Edge. Today we follow this broad edge as far as the Harton Hollow Nature Reserve Car Park. [* If interest, time and weather all allow, then we could loop an additional 1.5km off route, to ascend another 120m on Callow Hill, to the prominent viewpoint of Flounders Folly tower].

11 miles (17.5km) with 1,750 feet (535m) of ascent.


A day without any walks programmed, giving you the opportunity to explore the local area independently


Following the ‘Rest Day’ we can again walk out from Long Mynd house, this time down through Rectory Wood into Church Stretton. Our route then takes us over Ragleth Hill, with excellent views of our hotel above Church Stretton and the hills beyond, plus Caer Caradoc behind and Wenlock Edge ahead. We continue onwards past the famous Acton Scott Farm, to ascend back up to Wenlock Edge, a short distance before Harton Hollow. From here, we continue NE through multiple woods, coppices and fields – eventually reaching Wilderhope Manor above Longville in the Dale.

12 miles (19.5km), with 1,875 feet (570m) of ascent.


Today we head SE, before ascending the first of the Clee Hills – Brown Clee Hill. We take in its two summits – firstly Abdon Burf at 540m (1,775ft) Shropshire’s highest point – and then Clee Burf at 510m (1,673ft). The summits have been ‘worked’ from Iron Age times right up to the present day radio masts. Weather permitting; there are extensive 360° views from the toposcope on Abdon Burf – of the Shropshire Hills to the West and the Welsh Hills beyond; over the Severn Valley to the East and the Clent Hills beyond; North to The Wrekin; and South to the Malvern Hills and maybe even the Black Mountains. From Clee Burf, we descend via Lodge Hill for our coach pick up from the Three Horseshoes Inn at Coldgreen, near Wheathill.

12 miles (19km) with 2,000 feet (610m) of ascent.


Returning to Coldgreen we head South, through Bromdon to Callowgate lane, where we ascend to the top of Titterstone Clee Hill at 532m (1,745ft). Again, this is a great vantage point, complete with radar station, from which we should again enjoy far horizons. We descend SE from the summit, passing nearby Farden and Knowbury, to visit Caynham Camp which was the site of an Iron Age Hill Fort. From there we head generally west, to enter Ludlow alongside the River Teme. After a little time to explore Ludlow, our return coach picks us up from the centre of this charming town, nearby to the impressive Ludlow Castle.

11½ miles (18.5km) with 1,575 feet (480m) of ascent in a day.



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.

10694_0059 - Longmynd House - Exterior

Getting to Longmynd House

Find out more about this location including travel details and room types.

More Information

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 and prices are subject to change.
Non-member associate fee: £10 per person.

Holiday Prices

Date (Start/ End) Version Price Status Trip Notes Book
2020
24 Apr / 01 May 2019 Itinerary £849 £789 Save £60 Per Person Book Now
26 Jun / 03 Jul 2019 Itinerary £934 £874 Save £60 Per Person Book Now
18 Sep / 25 Sep 2019 Itinerary £934 £874 Save £60 Per Person Book Now
Duration:
7 nights
Type:
Trails
Walking Grade:
3

7 nights from £849pp £789pp

...or call 020 3974 8865

For group bookings of 10+ people click here

Add to wishlist Added to wishlist