2 to 4 nights
21 to 33 mls (km)
West Midlands
Easy to Moderate
Mar to Oct
£210

Walking the Shropshire Hills

  • Spectacular views over the countryside from The Long Mynd and Stiperstones
  • Snug, rural pubs in the nearby towns and villages
  • Cross paths with vestiges of the old lead mining industry in the areas hills
  • Hills are decorated with nature trails and Iron Age hill forts
  • Visit the charming rural towns and villages of Church Stretton, Bishop's Castle and Ludlow
  • See the Lightspout waterfall as you make your way through Carding Mill Valley

England's Quietest County

With the Long Mynd ridge to the west and the Stretton Hills and Caer Caradoc to the east, Church Stretton's picturesque setting in a narrow valley in the South Shropshire hills earned it the name of "Little Switzerland" and it is a designated 'Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty'.

Just stand on any of the hilltops that surround Church Stretton and admire the view – the rocky Stiperstones, the plateau of the Long Mynd, the craggy volcanic Stretton Hills and Wrekin and the long wooded scarp of Wenlock Edge - much-loved by AE Houseman- all have their own distinctive beauty.

Hiking in Shropshire

Over 4,500 acres of heath and moorland on the Long Mynd are in the protection of the National Trust in England's least populated county. The hilltops are home to wild ponies, upland birds such as curlew, red grouse and merlin, and you will never be far away from a buzzard circling overhead. Keep your eyes peeled for Red Kite sightings as well.

Back in town visit the thriving antiques' centre. Browse a wide variety of independent shops or stalls at the twice-weekly market. It has a long history as a country market town, being granted a market charter by King John in 1214 and markets have been held here ever since. You’ll also find yourself in good company with the country pubs serving great food and ale in the surrounding hills.

Our Shropshire hills walking routes.

Path Walkthrough

Up to the top of the Long Mynd there are a series of interlinking hill tracks, footpaths, bridleways and paved roads. From the crest of the hill you'll have fantastic views over the surrounding forests and fields, with a more rocky trail underfoot as you make your way down via the Stiperstones. The hills cover a relatively small area, with a variety of dedicated viewing platforms and vistas - such as the 'Devil's Chair' at Stiperstones.

This is a walk that gives a real sense of travelling 'off the beaten track' as you follow the route through England's most unpopulated county. However, the hill tracks and rights of way are maintained by the local council, and navigation shouldn't prove too tricky, indeed, a lot of the rights of way in current usage were created by miners from the areas now defunct lead mining industry.

Our Shropshire Hills Itineraries

  • Church Stretton to Church Stretton
    Distance: 21 miles (33.5km)
    SHR-CSB1
    3 Nights, 2 Days
    from £280 pp
    SHR-CSB1 ~ Church Stretton to Church Stretton ~ 3 / 2 classic
    DayLocationsDistance
    Day 1:Arrival Church Stretton
    Day 2:The Lawley, Caradoc & Hope Bowdler Hill9 miles/14.4km
    Day 3:The Long Mynd Walk12 miles/19.2km
    Day 4:Depart Church Stretton

    What's Included:
    2 walking days
    3 nights accommodation
    3 breakfasts
    Prices
    Extras
    SHR-CSB2
    2 Nights, 2 Days
    from £210 pp
    SHR-CSB2 ~ Church Stretton to Church Stretton ~ 2 / 2 classic
    DayLocationsDistance
    Day 1:Arrival Church Stretton
    Day 2:The Lawley, Caradoc & Hope Bowdler Hill9 miles/14.4km
    Day 3:The Long Mynd Walk and depart12 miles/19.2km

    What's Included:
    2 walking days
    2 nights accommodation
    2 breakfasts
    Prices
    Extras
  • Church Stretton to Bishop’s Castle
    Distance: 33 miles (53km)
    SHR-CSB3
    4 Nights, 3 Days
    from £380 pp
    SHR-CSB3 ~ Church Stretton to Bishop’s Castle ~ 4 / 3 classic
    DayLocationsDistance
    Day 1:Arrival Church Stretton
    Day 2:The Lawley, Caradoc & Hope Bowdler Hill9 miles/14.4km
    Day 3:The Long Mynd Walk12 miles/19.2km
    Day 4:Bridges to Bishop’s Castle via Stiperstones Ridge12 miles/19.2km
    Day 5:Depart Church Stretton

    What's Included:
    3 walking days
    4 nights accommodation
    4 breakfasts
    Prices
    Extras
    SHR-CSB4
    3 Nights, 3 Days
    from £310 pp
    SHR-CSB4 ~ Church Stretton to Bishop’s Castle ~ 3 / 3 classic
    DayLocationsDistance
    Day 1:Arrival Church Stretton
    Day 2:The Lawley, Caradoc & Hope Bowdler Hill9 miles/14.4km
    Day 3:The Long Mynd Walk12 miles/19.2km
    Day 4:Bridges to Bishop’s Castle (via Stiperstones Ridge) and depart12 miles/19.2km

    What's Included:
    3 walking days
    3 nights accommodation
    3 breakfasts
    Prices
    Extras
    • 4* Bed & Breakfast
    • Walk Pack, including maps and guide book with route descriptions
    • Transportation to and from the Path when required as described in your Walk Pack
    Lunch refreshments may be bought from one of the bakeries or delicious delis in town.  Dinner is not included and may be taken in one of various pubs or restaurants in Church Stretton.

    You choose which day you would like your holiday to start on. We will book your holiday in accordance with your requirements.

    Our Shropshire Hills holidays are available to walk March to October.

    The area experiences some of the milder weather the UK has to offer, with its relatively low levels of rainfall being due to its position in the shadow of the Cambrian Mountains.

    Bear in mind that temperatures in the hills tend to be noticeably colder and windier than lower levels, so pack suitable clothing for the ascent.

    Travelling by train 

    There are direct rail services to Church Stretton from London leaving Euston via Crewe (www.nationalrail.co.uk).

    The duration of the journeys varies from 2 hrs – 3 hours.

    Travelling by car 

    Church Stretton is easily found neatly located close to the A49

    Arrangements may be made for ‘off road’ parking.

    Looking for different mileages or a different number of nights? Please contact us to discuss how our itineraries can be adjusted to meet your specific needs. Call one of our helpful team on +44 (0)1291 689774 or e-mail us here.
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