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.
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.
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.
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