The Shropshire Hills - Western Hills Guided Trail Holiday

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Duration: 7 nights
Type: Trails
Walking Grade: 3
from £849pp £789pp

Enjoy this scenic section of the Shropshire Way en route to historic Ludlow, the most southerly point of the trail. 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 Finish in medieval
  • Ludlow with its imposing castle
  • Wonderful views from The Stiperstones ridge

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.

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Your leader will give an introductory talk about the holiday.


We begin by walking from above Church Stretton, down into the heathland of historic Carding Mill Valley then up onto the hog’s back of Long Mynd, to join the ancient Portway. Ascending Betchcott Hill, we then head down Golden Valley to Ratlinghope and on to Bridges, an old staging post with an Inn.

7 miles (11km) with 1,100 feet (330m) of ascent.


From Bridges we head northwest, joining a rugged path along the Stiperstones ridge and ascending 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.

12 miles (19km) with 1,775 feet (532m) of ascent.


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


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.


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 (18½km) with 1,575 feet (472m) of ascent.


We walk south from Craven Arms, passing 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 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 Sir John Betjeman as – “The most perfect town in England”.

10½ miles (17km) with 800 feet (240m) 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.

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Getting to Longmynd House

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

Holiday Prices

Date (Start/ End) Version Price Status Trip Notes Book
2019
13 Sep / 20 Sep 2019 Itinerary £899 £879 Save £20 per person Book Now
2020
01 May / 08 May 2019 Itinerary £934 £874 Save £60 Per Person Book Now
03 Jul / 10 Jul 2019 Itinerary £934 £874 Save £60 Per Person Book Now
25 Sep / 02 Oct 2019 Itinerary £849 £789 Save £60 Per Person Book Now
Duration:
7 nights
Type:
Trails
Walking Grade:
3

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