Shropshire Way

Guided Trail

Code: CSLSH

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Activity types:

  • Central location
  • Hills & moorland

Level

  • Medium
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Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we use yellow for easy, orange for medium and red for hard. Challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.

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Holiday overview

Enjoy the most scenic section of the Shropshire Way en route to historic Ludlow, the most southerly point of the route. This rewarding week of walking through the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty explores unspoilt, tranquil countryside, hills with views across the Marches and quaint medieval towns and villages. 

Holiday highlights:

  • Journey through many of Shropshire’s high points amidst hill forts and fascinating Marches history
  • Reach the medieval black and white market town of Ludlow with its imposing castle
  • Enjoy wonderful views of Shropshire, as you follow the spectacular outcrops of The Stiperstones ridge
  • Based at our Country House in the bustling Walkers Welcome town of Church Stretton

What’s included:

  • 7 nights’ Full Board en-suite accommodation with all meals
  • The services of an experienced HF Holidays’ guide
  • All transport to and from the route is provided on walking days
  • Social activities in the evening

Accommodation

Longmynd House is set in a wonderful elevated location above the town of Church Stretton. With excellent walks on the doorstep, and a extensive public rooms, it is an excellent base for our walking    4-star Visit Britain Guest Accommodationand leisure activity holidays.

 

Bedrooms

Longmynd House has 50 bedrooms, all in the main building. These are situated on the top three floors. Some rooms have the benefit of a balcony so that guests can make the most of our enviable hillside location, whilst others overlook the extensive wooded grounds. There is a lift to all floors, and members of staff will always be on hand to welcome you and help with your luggage.

Our classic bedrooms offer comfortable accommodation and an en-suite bathroom with bath or shower. They also have TV, hairdryer, and tea and coffee making facilities. Single rooms are available for an extra £8 per night.

You can enjoy extra space or exceptional views plus additional facilities including a towelling robe and complimentary slippers when you upgrade to a premium bedroom. Premium rooms are available at just £5 extra per person per night.    

If you are travelling with your family, we have a selection of 3 and 4-bedded family bedrooms. These have all the facilities of our classic rooms plus full sized twin or double beds for adults and bunk beds or occasional beds for children.

Lodges

In addition there are 8 brick-built lodges in the grounds - a popular alternative for families or couples. These have either 1 or 2 bedrooms, plus a fully equipped kitchen, sitting/dining room and bathroom. Facilities include TV and DVD player, radio / CD player and hairdryer. Each lodge also has its own patio and parking.

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Facilities

All our Country Houses are tailored to the needs of walkers and outdoor enthusiasts and have excellent boot and drying rooms.

Longmynd House is one of our largest Country Houses and has extensive public rooms.

On the ground floor there is a large dining room and lounge bar, both designed to make maximum use of the oustanding views across the Stretton Valley. There is also a central lounge area plus three large additional rooms which can be used as a lounge, for additional dining, or as an activity room for our Leisure Activities holidays. Free WiFi is available in some public rooms and bedrooms.  There is also a range of board games and books. 

A large heated swimming pool (open May to September) and patio is situated on the lower tier beneath the bar and dining room.

Longmynd House sits in extensive wooded grounds. There are pleasant woodland walks on the slopes beneath the hotel, plus a sculpture trail and mini-golf.

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Food

All holidays at our Country Houses are Full Board with all meals included, from dinner on arrival to breakfast on the day of your departure.

Start your day with our extensive breakfast. Choose from a wide selection on the cold buffet and/or a full cooked breakfast. Maybe enjoy a lighter option of fruit and yoghurt followed by scrambled egg, go for porridge followed by a full English breakfast, or select something in between.

Choose from our famous self-select picnic lunches - everything you need to keep you going on a day outdoors. Your own choice of sandwiches is prepared to order, and you can add crisps and snacks, fruit, nuts, chocolate bars, sweets and biscuits as you wish.     

Our house-based Leisure Activities include an in-house lunch (generally soup, sandwiches etc).   

The relaxed dinner is a highlight of any stay at our Country Houses. With tables seating up to 10 and no seating plan, it offers a great opportunity to get to know your fellow guests. There is always a choice of dishes for every course, featuring good British cooking and often local specialities. A vegetarian option is always available.

All our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.

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Evening

Guided Walking: enjoy a glass of wine or local beer in the bar before a talk about the next day's walks. After dinner there will be an activity or entertainment which you will be welcome to join. These vary from week to week but could include a talk on local wildlife from a visiting speaker or a team quiz. Alternatively if you prefer, feel free to just relax in our lounge or bar.

Leisure Activities: many of our Leisure Activities holidays continue into the evening with programmed sessions. Other holidays will have the evenings free, and you will be welcome to join in other social activities that may be happening in the house.

Family holidays: our activity leaders are on hand to organise children’s activities and games for younger children before dinner. These could include rounders, outdoor games, or crafts. After dinner there are further activities for the whole family.

Self-Guided Walking: there may be evening social activities happening in the house during your holiday, and you will be most welcome to join in. However, not all self-guided holidays will have evening activities available – if these are important to you, please check before booking.

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Accessibility

Car Parking and Arrival

We have ample private car parking located at the front of the hotel. The car park is level and illuminated at night. Check in is normally from 3pm, earlier arrival may be possible, please advise us accordingly. Disabled Parking can be found to the side of the main entrance.

Main Entrance and Reception and Public Areas

The car park and main entrance to hotel are both on ground level. Our main door opens inwards and is 166 cm wide. The hotel reception is situated to the left of our main entrance. Our Bar, Restaurant and Functions rooms are also all located on the ground floor. There are fitted carpets everywhere in the hotel and from our lounge there is only a small step measuring 10 cm high down onto the corridor leading to our foyer. However this is not a problem as we have more than one method of access to these public areas which does not involve the usage of the step. Also at the entrance to one of our function rooms we have a step measuring 10.5 cm high which can also be accessed from an alternative ground floor access.

The front door remains unlocked until 11pm approx when the bar closes, to access the hotel building after this please make arrangements with reception on check in. There is a bell at the reception desk to summon assistance. Assistance with luggage is also available upon check-in and check out.

There is just one main staircase in the hotel giving access to all three floors. From the foyer there are 11 steps to a “half” landing, then to the left another 8 steps to a “half” landing, then to the left again another 8 steps to the landing of the first floor. Then from the first floor there are 9 steps to a “half” landing, to the left another 8 steps to a “half” landing then again to the left another 4 steps to the landing of the second floor. Then from the second floor to the third floor there are 9 steps to a “half” landing, then to the left another 8 steps to a “half” landing then to the left again just one step to the third floor landing. On average there is a 18 cm gap between each step. There is a wooden handrail which travels from Ground floor to third floor. There is also an elevator which can be found just beside the stair case in foyer also going to all three floors if required.

We have male and female toilets on the ground floor in the reception area and also a disabled toilet on the third floor which can be accessed by elevator or staircase. Please contact reception if you require access to this bathroom during your stay with us.

Longmynd House has central heating and individual thermostats on all bedroom radiators, Electric fans are available for the rooms during hot weather if required.

The Lounge

Guests are welcome to use the lounge at any time. It is furnished with a selection of arm chairs and sofas. We light an open coal fire in the winter evenings and provide magazines, news papers and board games for the guests’ enjoyment.

The Dining Room

We have two main restaurants, Caradoc and Ashlett, although our other two function rooms have licences to serve food too, so in high season or during busy periods then the other two function rooms, Ragleth and Burway, can also be used as restaurants. Our tables are of standard height can easily accommodate wheelchair users. The dining chairs are high backed and are wooden. The chairs do not have arm rests although this can be provided. The dining room floor is flat and covered with fitted carpets. There is one step down into the lower section of the restaurant. An alternative route can be arranged for wheelchair users.

A full and varied breakfast menu is on offer and any dietary requirements can be catered for with priory notice. For lunch and evening meals we offer a varied menu of which the chefs are using locally sourced, high quality produce. The chef is always happy to discuss dietary requirements you may have.

The Bar

The bar is spread across our Caradoc restaurant and Lounge area, and can be seen from the reception foyer. The furniture is a mixture of tables and chairs in different styles.

Bedrooms

We have 50 bedrooms all of which are fully carpeted with en-suite bathrooms. Some of our rooms have balconies and views across the valley. They all have televisions with remote controls. Every room has clock-radios and tea coffee making facilities. Each room has a seating area, either with an arm chair or sofa. In the room we also provide hair dryers and a selection of reading material. Beds are made up of crisp white cotton under sheets, white cotton top sheet and blankets and soft cotton pillow cases. Some beds have throws and there are extra blankets and pillows in the wardrobe. All the single beds are 3 Foot wide and 2 Foot high and the double beds are 4 Foot 6” and 2 Foot high.

The majority of our bedrooms have showers which have a step 9 inches into them.

Lodges

The main door to the lodge may have a step in, which varies in size up to a maximum of 9 inches. Alternative access can be arranged or a ramp can be provided with prior notice. All lodges are heated and have a fully equipped kitchen, sitting/dining room, bedroom(s) and bath room (bath with shower over). Bed linen and towels are provided. All the single beds are 3ft wide and 2ft high and the double beds are 4ft 6" and 2ft high.

Outside areas

We have two outdoor seating areas, one just in front of the main entrance, on a wooden deck ten 6 inch steps up or via ramp. The other seating area is only open from April – October every year as there is a 14m by 6m swimming pool, the shallow end being 1m and the deep end 3m. During the swimming pool opening times deck chairs and tables are put out for guests to sit and relax if they wish.

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

Planned Itinerary

Church Stretton to Bridges           

We begin by walking above Church Stretton, down into the heathland of historic Carding Mill Valley then up onto the hog’s back of Long Mynd, via Motts Road, to join the ancient Portway and walk amongst the heather. Ascending Betchcott Hill, we then head down Golden Valley to Ratlinghope and on to Bridges, an old staging post with its Inn. 7 miles (11km), with 1,100 feet (330m) of ascent.

Bridges to Bishop’s Castle            

From Bridges, we head northwest to join the Stiperstones ridge and ascend to the Devil’s Chair. These ancient geological formations are steeped in folklore and are the reputed resting place of Wild Edric, a Saxon noble who fought against the Normans. There have been settlements in the area from at least as far back as the Bronze Age, right up to those for local mining which ended here in the 1950s.  We head over Linley Hill, walk by the small hamlets of More and Lydham (with their Motte and Bailey castles) into the charming village of Bishop’s Castle, if time allows, we can explore and sample its cafes and brewery inns. 12 miles (19km), with 1,775 feet (532m) of ascent.

Rest Day

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

Bishop’s Castle to Clun 

Starting at Bishop’s Castle, we head west along ancient drovers’ ways, to join a section of the Offa’s Dyke Path at Churchtown. We are now in wild Marches country and head on around Hergan Hill to walk down Cefns (Welsh for ‘ridge’), with great, unspoilt views all around. We end the day in Clun, which is Shropshire’s smallest town. If there is time we may have a chance to view the ruins of Clun Castle. 11½ miles (18.5km), with 1,575 feet (472m) of ascent.

Clun to Craven Arms

Heading northeast out of Clun, we ascend Sunnyhill, walking over the ancient fortifications of the Bury Ditches Iron Age hillfort. We continue east, through Kempton and the timeless village of Hopesay. Ascending Hopesay Hill, we then head down into the Victorian railway town of Craven Arms, ending the day at the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre. 11½ miles (18.5km), with 1,575 feet (472m) of ascent.

Craven Arms to Ludlow

Heading south from Craven Arms we pass Stokesay Castle, a beautiful and incredibly well preserved 13th century fortified manor house. We head up the old carriageway of Aldon Gutter, before eventually descending down to where the River Onney joins the River Teme, at Bromfield. From here, we continue through Oakly Park with the best views of Ludlow Castle, our final and fitting destination.  The bustling black and white market town of Ludlow just begs to be explored – described by Betjeman as – “The most perfect town in England”. 10½ miles (17km), with 800 feet (240m) of ascent in a day.

The itinerary may be subject to change at the discretion of the leader with regard to the weather and other external factors 

Local area

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.

Ludlow
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

Ironbridge 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/

Acton 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

Severn 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

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
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

Chirk 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

Travel

Longmynd House, Cunnery Road, Church Stretton, Shropshire SY6 6AG

New at HF HolidaysWe are making it even easier for you to get to Longmynd House.

Our own station transfers: We offer a reduced price taxi transfer between Church Stretton railway station and the Longmynd every Friday and Monday. The pickup is at 3.15pm from Church Stretton railway station. On departure day the transfer will get you back to Church Stretton railway station for 9.15am or 9.45am. The transfer is £5 return, but a place must be reserved in advance by calling our Reservations team on 0345 470 7558

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 very 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).

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.

To help you plan your journey, use www.traveline.info

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A wonderfully planned week on the Shropshire Way
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A good choice of walking destinations, well planned

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Had an excellent walk through amazing scenery.
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11 Jul 2016, 7:44 p.m.

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On first 4 days leader seemed not to want much to do with the group so went excessively fast with inadequate stops for refreshments or photography only to reach the destination over an hour before bus due. Last two days better

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Absence of guided walking ment that general announcements about arrangements were inadequate.
18 May 2016, 10:44 a.m.

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great concept!

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Beautiful trail, kind people and good hotel
16 May 2016, 6:56 a.m.

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This holiday was the tops. Love everything about it.
14 Oct 2015, 9:11 p.m.

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Such a well run organization - I continue to be impressed after 15 years of walking with HF and over 55 weeks of holidays. Keep up the good work!

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The house, The Long Mynd ,is really great. The food excellent and the rooms very comfortable. This property should definitely be kept if HF can make it work. I think it is one of the better houses and the fact that it has other guests, than those doing walking, does not impact the walking holidays at all.
5 Oct 2015, 7:26 a.m.

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Friendly and pleasant staff. Would be happy to stay in this hotel again

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Our walk leader was excellent and we had some beautiful walks. It was a little spoiled by 2 individuals who complained about the pace of other walkers and hills! Perhaps there could be some wording about 'Hills' in the brochure for those who don't read maps so don't appreciate the meaning of ascent in ft? Difficult I understand but there perhaps needs to be more about required fitness levels and grade of walks so people understand what the walks will entail and book something to suit their ability.
14 Aug 2015, 6:49 p.m.

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As always the room, food, walks and evening entertainment were ideal.

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The Shropshire Way trail was very scenic with wonderful views but the path was very overgrown in places.

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14 Apr 2017 CSLSH - Shropshire Way - Church Stretton 7 £769.00 £669.00 Special Offer - Save £100 pp Book Now
19 May 2017 CSLSH - Shropshire Way - Church Stretton 7 £839.00 £749.00 Special Offer - Save £90 pp Book Now
16 Jun 2017 CSLSH - Shropshire Way - Church Stretton 7 £839.00 £749.00 Special Offer - Save £90 pp Book Now
1 Sep 2017 CSLSH - Shropshire Way - Church Stretton 7 £839.00 £749.00 Special Offer - Save £90 pp Book Now

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  • Standard single room: (2016) £8 per night; (2017) no supplement
  • Premium single room: £15 per night (2017 only)
  • Premium twin/double room: (2016) £5 per person per night; (2017) £10 per person per night
  • Non-member associate fee: (2016) £5 per person; (2017) £10 per person

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