Shropshire Hills Self-Guided Walking Tour 2022

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4, 5 or 8 Days / 3, 4 or 7 Nights
Availability : Year round
Start: Longmynd House, Church Stretton, Shropshire, England
End: Longmynd House, Church Stretton, Shropshire, England
Shropshire Hills Self-Guided Walking Tour: 3, 4 or 7 nights based at Longmynd House, Church Stretton, Shropshire

Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or [email protected] to book.

Enjoy a break in Shropshire with the walking experts; we have all the ingredients for your perfect Self-Guided Walking Holiday. Our 4-star country house, nestling on the slopes of the Long Mynd, is geared to the needs of walkers and outdoor enthusiasts. Enjoy hearty local food, detailed route notes, and an inspirational location from which to explore this beautiful county.

Shropshire Hills Walking Grade: 1, 2, 3 & 4

Tour Details

Highlights:

  • Head out on any of our walks to discover the varied beauty of the Shropshire Hills on foot
  • Admire panoramic sloping countryside, river views and stunning villages where ever you walk
  • Use our Discovery Point, stocked with maps and walks directions for exploring the local area
  • Enjoy magnificent scenery
  • Visit charming Shropshire towns and villages
  • Look out for wildlife, find secret corners and learn about the rich history in this region
  • A relaxed pace of discovery in a sociable house
  • Discover what makes the Shropshire so special from the old, picturesque towns to the quiet, peaceful hilltops
  • Evenings in our country house where you share a drink and re-live the day’s adventures

Pick Up Location & TIme

Longmynd House, Cunnery Road, Church Stretton, Shropshire SY6 6AG (Google Map)
4:00pm – You’re welcome to check into the country house hotel from 4pm onwards.

Drop off Location & Time

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way onward.

Price Includes

  • High quality en-suite upgraded accommodation at Longmynd House
  • Excellent food in our country house, full board (B,L,D daily)
  • Use of Discovery Point Library at the country house - stocked with maps, walks and local area information
  • Free time to explore the area

Meals

All meals from dinner on arrival day, to breakfast on departure day
  • Daily breakfast
  • Daily lunch
  • Daily dinner
  • 0 teas

Price Excludes

  • Airfare
  • Transfers
  • Pre / Post hotel nights
  • Travel to/from the Country Hotel (The nearest railway stations is Church Stretton)
  • Admissions (please allow approx. £10 per day for entrances)
  • Local expenses such as transportation
  • Travel Insurance
What to Expect

Unpack Once!

Go where you want, when you want. Take a relaxing stroll or try something more challenging. All our country houses have a Discovery Point with maps, guidebooks and local walks directions to help you tailor your stay.

  • Accommodation at a country house hotel
  • Full Board Meals – from dinner on arrival day to breakfast on departure day
Shropshire Hills Walking Grade: 1, 2, 3 & 4

Walking Grades Explained:

  • Grades 1 & 2 – Leisurely walking grades
  • Grades 3 & 4 – Moderate walking grades
  • Grades 5 & 6 – Challenging walking grades
What to Bring

“There’s no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong type of clothing!” goes the adage. Come prepared for all eventualities and you’ll walk in comfort as well as safety. Britain’s famous for its changeable weather, so here’s our advice on what to wear and bring.

Essentials

  • Waterproof walking boots providing ankle support and good grip.
  • A waterproof jacket and over-trousers
  • Gloves and a warm hat (it can be chilly at any time of the year)
  • Rucksack
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litre capacity)
  • A small torch (everywhere in winter, year round in mountains)
  • Sun hat and sunscreen
    Denim jeans and waterproof capes are not suitable on any walks.

Recommended

  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed
  • Specialist walking socks to avoid blisters.
  • A first aid kit inc plasters– your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication
  • Sit mat (insulated pad to sit on when you stop for a break)

You might also want

  • Walking poles, particularly useful for descents.
  • Insect repellent
  • Flask for hot drinks
  • Rigid lunch box
  • Gaiters
  • Blister kit (eg Compeed) just in case
  • Waterproof rucksack liner
Itinerary

Arrival Day

You’re welcome to check in from 4pm onwards.

Accommodation: Longmynd House (D)

Free Days

Check out the Discovery Point Library at the country house – stocked with maps, walks and local area information. 

For stays of 3 nights, you will have 2 days at your choice.

For stays of 4 nights, you will have 3 days at your choice.

For stays of 7 nights, you will have 6 days at your choice.

Accommodation: Longmynd House (B, L, D)

Departure Day

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. (B)

Local Area

Shropshire HillsLongmynd House

The attractive small town of Church Stretton is around 10 minutes’ walk downhill from Longmynd House. 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.

Ludlow

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 buildings, 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 Michelinstarred restaurants and many acclaimed local food producers.

Ironbridge 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. 

Severn 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.

Acton 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.

Shrewsbury

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.

Hereford

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.

Attingham Park

Attingham Park is 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.

Powis Castle

This former medieval fortress has been re-modelled over more than 400 years – each generation adding to the magnificent collection of paintings, sculpture, furniture and tapestries. The world-famous garden is overhung with clipped yews, and shelters rare and tender plants. Powis Castle is owned by the National Trust and is located near Welshpool, about 45 minutes’ drive from Church Stretton.

Chirk 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

Dates and Prices
3 night package
Departure Dates
Per person (single or twin) Single in a double room
2022: January 7, 21, 28 $800 $920
2022: February 4, 7, 11, 25 $800 $920
2022: March 4, 11, 18, 25 $800 $920
2022: April 1 $800 $920
2022: April 8, 19, 22 $880 $1,000
2022: April 29 $920 $1,040
2022: May 6, 20, 27 $920 $1,040
2022: June 3, 10, 24 $920 $1,040
2022: July 1, 8, 15 $920 $1,040
2022: August 26 $920 $1,040
2022: September 2, 9, 16, 23 $920 $1,040
2022: October 7, 21 $880 $1,000
2022: October 28 $800 $920
2022: November 4, 11, 25 $800 $920
2022: December 2, 9, 16 $800 $920
4 night package
Departure Dates
Per person (single or twin) Single in a double room
2022: January 10, 24, 31 $1,000 $1,160
2022: February 10, 28 $1,000 $1,160
2022: March 7, 14, 21, 28 $1,000 $1,160
2022: April 4 $1,000 $1,160
2022: April 11, 15, 25 $1,140 $1,300
2022: May 2, 9, 23 $1,230 $1,390
2022: June 6, 13, 27 $1,230 $1,390
2022: July 4, 11, 18 $1,230 $1,390
2022: August 29 $1,230 $1,390
2022: September 5, 12, 19, 26 $1,230 $1,390
2022: October 10, 24 $1,140 $1,300
2022: October 31 $1,000 $1,160
2022: November 7, 14, 28 $1,000 $1,160
2022: December 5, 12 $1,000 $1,160
7 night package
Departure Dates
Per person (single or twin) Single in a double room
2022: January 7, 14, 21, 28 $1,700 $1,980
2022: February 18, 25 $1,700 $1,980
2022: March 4, 11, 18, 25 $1,700 $1,980
2022: April 1 $1,700 $1,980
2022: April 8, 15, 22 $1,880 $2,160
2022: April 29 $2,080 $2,360
2022: May 6, 13, 20 $2,080 $2,360
2022: June 3, 10, 17, 24 $2,080 $2,360
2022: July 1, 8, 15 $2,080 $2,360
2022: August 19, 26 $2,080 $2,360
2022: September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 $2,080 $2,360
2022: October 7, 21 $1,880 $2,160
2022: October 28 $1,700 $1,980
2022: November 4, 11, 18, 25 $1,700 $1,980
2022: December 2, 9 $1,700 $1,980

Pricing

Pricing is per person (pp) based on single/twin/double occupancy.

Supplement applied for single in a double room.

Rates are in $ CAD. Rates include room upgrade (better) and membership fees. 


Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or [email protected] to book.

Ask us for the best available pricing for your dates & choice of airline. We can assist in your travel to/from the Country House.

Travel Details:
Address is: Longmynd House, Cunnery Road, Church Stretton, Shropshire SY6 6AG

By Rail:
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 steep hill (it has great views!) so a taxi is recommended.

By Taxi:
It is possible to pre-book a taxi. The journey from Church Stretton railway station takes approximately 15 minutes. You can pre-book a taxi from our recommended taxi company, Alan’s Cab. As a guide price, it cost £17 per 4-seat taxi in 2019. 8-seat taxis are also available at a higher rate. Please pre-book your taxi at least 7 days in advance by contacting:

Alan’s Cab*
Tel: +44 (0) 7970 683126
Email: [email protected]
The return taxi journey can be arranged on your behalf by the Longmynd HouseManager.
*Alan’s Cab is not owned or managed by us. 

NOTE: All taxi companies in Church Stretton are booked for school runs between 2pm and 4:30pm.

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.

Hotel Descriptions
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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.

Room Amenities: 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.

Hotel Amenities: 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.

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