Walking the Shropshire Hills

Clear the cobwebs with one of our short walking holidays in England, a bracing hike through the hills of Church Stretton in the heart of Shropshire – an idyllic location for a hill walking holiday.

Highlights
  • 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
  • 2 to 4 nights
  • 21 to 33 mls (view km)
  • Church Stretton, West Midlands
  • Easy to Moderate
  • Mar to Oct
  • £210

England's Quietest County

Ponies-Shopshire-Hill walking holidayWith 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.

Long-Mynd-Shropshire-Hills walking holiday

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.

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.

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Our Shropshire Hills Break Walking Holidays Itineraries

Prices are per person, based on 2 people sharing, single person supplements apply.

Church Stretton to Church Stretton

Length: 21 miles/ 33.5 km | Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

Code
Duration
Start Price
SHR-CSB1
3 Nights / 2 Days
£275

Church Stretton to Church Stretton

3 Nights / 2 Days
Holiday Code: SHR-CSB1
Price: £275 (pp)
Solo walker supplement: £35 (pn)
Single occupancy (groups): £30 (pn)
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

Itinerary Information: Three nights accommodation with two walking days. Arrive in Church Stretton on day one, walk from day two and depart from Church Stretton on morning of day four..

Departure Dates: This itinerary can be walked any time between Mar to Oct. You simply choose which day you would like your holiday to start on.

Rest Days: Should you wish, rest days can be taken at stops along the route, view details.

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SHR-CSB2
2 Nights / 2 Days
£210

Church Stretton to Church Stretton

2 Nights / 2 Days
Holiday Code: SHR-CSB2
Price: £210 (pp)
Solo walker supplement: £35 (pn)
Single occupancy (groups): £30 (pn)
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

Itinerary Information: Two nights accommodation with two walking days. Arrive in Church Stretton on day one, walk from day two and depart from the Long Mynd on same day..

Departure Dates: This itinerary can be walked any time between Mar to Oct. You simply choose which day you would like your holiday to start on.

Rest Days: Should you wish, rest days can be taken at stops along the route, view details.

What's Included: view full details.

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Church Stretton to Bishop’s Castle

Length: 33 miles/ 53 km | Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

Code
Duration
Start Price
SHR-CSB3
4 Nights / 3 Days
£365

Church Stretton to Bishop’s Castle

4 Nights / 3 Days
Holiday Code: SHR-CSB3
Price: £365 (pp)
Solo walker supplement: £35 (pn)
Single occupancy (groups): £30 (pn)
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

Itinerary Information: Four nights accommodation with three walking days. Arrive in Church Stretton day one, walk from day two and depart from Church Stretton on morning of day five..

Departure Dates: This itinerary can be walked any time between Mar to Oct. You simply choose which day you would like your holiday to start on.

Rest Days: Should you wish, rest days can be taken at stops along the route, view details.

What's Included: view full details.

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SHR-CSB4
3 Nights / 3 Days
£295

Church Stretton to Bishop’s Castle

3 Nights / 3 Days
Holiday Code: SHR-CSB4
Price: £295 (pp)
Solo walker supplement: £35 (pn)
Single occupancy (groups): £30 (pn)
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

Itinerary Information: Four nights accommodation with four walking days. Arrive in Church Stretton on day one, walk from day two and depart from Bishop's Gate on morning on same day..

Departure Dates: This itinerary can be walked any time between Mar to Oct. You simply choose which day you would like your holiday to start on.

Rest Days: Should you wish, rest days can be taken at stops along the route, view details.

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  • What's Included?

    We include:

    • 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 deli’s in town.  Dinner is not included and may be taken in one of various pubs or restaurants in Church Stretton.

  • Price Info.

    Solo walker supplement: £35 per night.

    Single occupancy supplement within a group: £30 per night.

    Where singles are walking as part of a larger group and are willing to share a Walk Pack, single room occupancy supplements apply.

    Rest days: From £50 per person per night.

    Postage overseas: £5.00 (Europe), £10.00 (Rest of the World) per walk pack

    Bank holidays & short notice bookings may incur extra charges.

    Why not include an extra day, if time allows, enabling you to make the most of your stay to simply relax or visit on of the nearby historic towns of:

    Ludlow                                      www.ludlow.org.uk 

    Shrewsbury                             www.visitshrewsbury.com             

    Hereford                                  www.visithereford.org 

    All three places are easily reached by a direct, short train journey from Church Stretton avoiding taking the car or Welshpool and the National Trust Property of Powis Castle is a drive away.

  • Getting There

    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.

  • Best Time to Travel

    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.

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