Spring & Winter Walking at Church Stretton


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Holiday overview

New at HF Holidays

Church Stretton in the Shropshire Hills is set up so beautifully for spring & winter walking, why not join us on a walking holiday in February, March or November.

This seasonal walking comes with a choice of two walks, specially adapted to highlight the best of the season, and includes a hot lunch or an afternoon tea in a cosy pub or tearoom. Perfect for warming up after your morning walk, before lacing back up and heading out again!

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HF Holidays' Longmynd House in Church Stretton

Longmynd House is set in a wonderful elevated location above the town of Church Stretton. With excellent walks on the doorstep, and extensive public rooms, it's an excellent base for our walking and leisure activity holidays.

Longmynd House has 50 bedrooms, all in the main building. There are also 8 brick-built lodges in the grounds - a popular alternative for families or couples, with all the facilities you would expect from HF Holidays.

Choose your room

Classic Rooms
• Check in from 2:30pm
• Comfortable accommodation 
• En-suite bathroom with bath or shower
• 23 inch TV
• Hairdryer
• Tea and coffee-making facilities
• Double or two single beds
• Toiletries
• Single rooms are available at no extra charge
Premium Rooms
• Same facilities as our classic rooms plus...
• Check in from 1pm
• Enjoy extra space or exceptional views 
• Larger beds
• Toweling robe, complimentary slippers
• Ultradown pillows
• Smalls drying rack
• Small welcome gift
• Luxury tea tray
• Enhanced toiletries
• Available from an extra £15 per person per night
Family Rooms
• Check-in from 2:30pm
• 3 or 4 beds
• Same facilities as our classic rooms
• Full sized twin or double beds for adults and bunk or occasional beds for children


• Excellent boot and drying rooms 
• Extensive public rooms 
• Large dining room with outstanding views of Stretton Valley
• Lounge bar with outstanding views of Stretto 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


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

An example of Church Stretton evening meal

Your evenings

Make the most of your evening or join us at the bar

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.


More details on Church Stretton accessibility

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.


Discover the Shropshire Hills on Foot

Explore the very best of Shropshire on our guided walks. We have great walks right on our doorstep, including the shapely summit of Caer Caradoc, and the great moorland ridge of the Long Mynd. Travel a little further to discover rolling green hills, sleepy villages, and charming market towns with their iconic black and white timbered houses. Join our friendly and knowledgeable guides who will bring this beautiful landscape to life.

  • Our experienced guides offer the choice of two different walks each day
  • Choose the option which best suits your interests and fitness
  • On these holidays we'll stop for a hot lunch or an afternoon tea in a local pub or tearoom
  • We provide flexible holidays. Join our guided walks, explore independently, or relax at Longmynd House

Select the date of your holiday to see which walks are running during your stay

The Stiperstones - with a pub lunch

Available on: 24 Mar 2018, 3 Nov 2018, 17 Nov 2018, 24 Nov 2018

Enjoy the choice of two guided walks, specially selected for the season, including a hot lunch in a local pub.

Option 1: The Stiperstones Ridge

Red kite

Distance: 5 miles (8km)

Total ascent: 950 feet (300m)

The walk in a nutshell: An undulating route underneath the Stiperstones Ridge to the cosy Inn of the same name. The afternoon heads north for a short afternoon stroll to finish in Snailbeach.

Don’t miss: Discover the area's rich history as you learn about the area's lead and barytes mines.

Option 2: Stiperstones to Snailbeach

The rocky Stiperstone ridge

Distance: 9 miles (14½km)

Total ascent: 1,650 feet (500m)

The walk in a nutshell: A longer route over much similar ground as the first option, but with the possibility of extending the route over the ridge in fine weather. We also descend to the pub and finish the day heading north to Snailbeach.

Don’t miss: The ridge line affords breath-taking views of Shropshire and the Welsh countryside.

Ironbridge Gorge - Spring & Winter Walks

Available on: 25 Mar 2018, 4 Nov 2018, 18 Nov 2018, 25 Nov 2018

Enjoy the choice of two guided walks, specially selected for the season, including a hot lunch in a local pub.

Option 1: Much Wenlock to Blists Hill

Walkers in the woods near Monk Coniston

Distance: 9 miles (12½km)

Total ascent: 850 feet (260m)

The walk in a nutshell: We start the day in Much Wenlock and head towards the Ironbridge Gorge. Lunch is spent in Ironbridge with time for pictures of the famous structure before heading along the gorge to the finish at Blists Hill.

Don’t miss: There's time to explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ironbridge and the quaint town of the same name.

Option 2: Ironbridge via Benthall Hall

Ironbridge - bridge over the River Severn

Distance: 9½ miles (15km)

Total ascent: 900 feet (280m)

The walk in a nutshell: We pass through Much Wenlock on the way to Ironbridge via Benthall Hall. We will also enjoy lunch in ironbridge before an afternoon stroll to Blists Hill. 

Don’t miss: Much Wenlock at the start of the walk where, in 1850, the Wenlock Olympic Games helped to establish the modern Olympic movement.

Caer Caradoc and All Stretton - Spring & Winter Walks

Available on: 6 Nov 2018, 13 Nov 2018, 20 Nov 2018, 27 Nov 2018

Enjoy the choice of two guided walks, specially selected for the season, including a hot lunch in a local pub.

Option 1: Around Caer Caradoc

The green hills of the Clun Valley

 Distance: 7 miles (11½km)

Total ascent: 1,300 feet (400m)

The walk in a nutshell: Heading out from the house we circumnavigate Caer Caradoc stopping for a picnic lunch en-route before a mid afternoon tea stop to warm us up. The short afternoon stroll heads back to the house through Church Stretton. 

Don’t miss: Enjoy views over Church Stretton and the Long Mynd as we follow the balcony path around Caer Caradoc.

Option 2: Conquering Caer Caradoc

View from the summit of Caer Caradoc

 Distance: 10 miles (16km)

Total ascent: 2,300 feet (700m)

The walk in a nutshell: This walk heads to the impressive summit of Caer Caradoc and its fort.  We’ll take a picnic lunch today (as there are no pubs on top!) before the descent for a warming mid afternoon tea.

Don’t miss: 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. 

Mortimer Forest and Ludlow - Spring & Winter Walks

Available on: 7 Nov 2018, 14 Nov 2018, 21 Nov 2018, 28 Nov 2018

Enjoy the choice of two guided walks, specially selected for the season, including a hot lunch in a local pub.

Option 1: Around Ludlow

Black and whit timbered houses in Ludlow

Distance: 5½ miles (8½km)

Total ascent: 800 feet (240m)

The walk in a nutshell: From Bromfield we head towards the Mortimer Forest before descending into Ludlow for a well earned mid afternoon lunch at a pub in the town.  

Don’t miss: The town of Ludlow where the walk concludes is described by John Betjeman as "probably the loveliest town in England.”

Option 2: Mortimer Forest

Historic bridge at Ludlow

Distance: 6½ miles (10½km)

Total ascent: 900 feet (280m)

The walk in a nutshell: Also from Bromfield, this walk heads further up into the forest before a descent of the Mary Knoll Valley to the same finish in Ludlow. 

Don’t miss: Ludlow is one of England's finest market towns with its array of black and white timbered buildings, overlooked by an impressive castle. 

The Long Mynd and Little Stretton - Spring & Winter Walks

Available on: 8 Nov 2018, 15 Nov 2018, 22 Nov 2018, 29 Nov 2018

Enjoy the choice of two guided walks, specially selected for the season, including a hot lunch in a local pub.

Option 1: Little Stretton

Carding Milll Valley

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Total ascent: 1,100 feet (340m)

The walk in a nutshell: 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.

Don’t miss: The viewpoints on this walk illustrate perfectly why this area is known as ‘Little Switzerland.’ 

Option 2: Along the Long Mynd

Upper reaches of the Carding Mill valley

Distance: 10 miles (16km)

Total ascent: 1,750 feet (540m)

The walk in a nutshell: This walk also heads from the house up onto the Long Mynd via Townbrook Hollow, then descends to Marshbrook via the pretty village green of Minton. The afternoon traverses the same route as the other group.  

Don’t miss: 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.

Local area

Discover Shropshire

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.

Black and white timbered shops in LudlowLudlow
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

Iron bridge across the River SevernIronbridge 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/

Steam trains at a station on the Severn Valley RailwaySevern 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

Horse and plough at work at Acton Scott farmActon 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 



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.

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 and its surrounding gardensPowis 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


Walls of Chirk CastleChirk 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



Powis Castle image ©National Trust/Andrew Butler, Chirk Castle image ©National Trust ImagesMatthew Antrobus


Travel to Church Stretton

Our address is: Longmynd House, Cunnery Road, Church Stretton, Shropshire SY6 6AG

How to get to us by train

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.  Please note that Church Stretton is a small town and taxis are not always available.

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).

Use an HF transfer

HF station transfer - great value!

Our station transfer operates every Friday and Monday between Church Stretton station and Longmynd House. The pickup is at 3.15pm from Church Stretton station. On departure day the transfer will get you back to the station for 9.15am, 9.45am or 10:25. This transfer costs just £7 return, however a place must be reserved 7 days in advance by calling 0345 470 7558.

Get to us by Taxi

By taxi:

If you can’t meet our station transfer it is possible to book a taxi. Taxis can be limited so please pre-book. Details of our current recommended taxi company and rates will be sent to you with your booking. The return taxi journey can be arranged on your behalf by the Longmynd House Manager.

Driving to us

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.

 Travel by plane

Travelling from overseas

Manchester Airport has the quickest onward connections to Church Stretton. Trains from the airport take 2 hours, with one change at Crewe. See www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times.

Flying to London Heathrow airport is another option, but has a longer onward train journey - allow at least 4½ hours to reach Church Stretton by train. There are a variety of routes, but the most convenient is to change at London Paddington and Newport as this avoid crossing London. See www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times.


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