Shropshire Hills Walking with Sightseeing Tour 2024

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8 Days / 7 Nights
Availability : May 10 and August 16
Start: Longmynd House, Church Stretton, Shropshire, England
End: Longmynd House, Church Stretton, Shropshire, England
Shropshire Hills Walking with Sightseeing Tour: 7 nights based at Longmynd House, Church Stretton, Shropshire

Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or dhtour@dhtour.ca to book.

These holidays offer a perfect mix of short, guided walks (4-5 miles), combined with time spent sightseeing. Visit a selection of standout highlights in the Shropshire Hills with hassle-free coach travel and the help of an experienced leader.

Tour Details

Highlights:

  • Visiting the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ironbridge Gorge
  • Walking along parts of the Shropshire Way
  • Admiring Stokesay Castle, England’s best-preserved medieval manor house
  • Discovering the historic market towns of Shrewsbury and Ludlow
  • Exploring Carding Mill Valley, once known as “Little Switzerland”
  • Staying in our country house in the Shropshire Hills AONB

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
  • Cream tea on arrival day
  • Cooked or continental breakfast daily (B)
  • Daily packed lunches (L)
  • Dinner each night: Three-course plus tea & coffee (D)
  • Guided walks and sightseeing visits with an experienced Leader
  • All transport to and from walks and sites of interest

Meals

All meals from dinner on arrival day, to breakfast on departure day
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 6 lunches
  • 7 dinners
  • 1 tea

Price Excludes

  • Airfare
  • Transfers
  • Pre / Post hotel nights
  • Travel to/from the Country Hotel (The nearest railway station is Church Stretton)
  • Admissions (please allow approx. £10 per day for entrances)
  • Driver / Tour Leader gratuity is at your discretion
  • Travel Insurance
What to Expect

Unpack Once!

Explore places of interest, beauty, heritage and wonder. Enjoy active guided sightseeing on relaxed-pace trips to revel in the history, landscapes, architecture and culture of your chosen destination. 

Walking tours with sightseeing include:

  • Accommodation at a country house hotel
  • Full Board Meals – from cream tea on arrival day to breakfast on departure day
  • Knowledgeable leader
  • Transport between locations
  • Entrance fees are not included – choose locally 

The Walking tour with Sightseeing program is a combination of Guided Walking Tours and Discovery Tours to give you the best of both touring styles. 

Enjoy easier walks (6 – 8 km) that let sightseeing take center stage. We offer carefully-curated itineraries that balance sights, hikes, and activities. Let our experienced Leader introduce you to the heart of a region, highlighting the history, heritage, landmarks, wildlife, and more. 

Itinerary

Day 1Arrival Day

You’re welcome to check in from 4pm onwards. Enjoy a complimentary cream tea on arrival. (D, T)

Accommodation: Longmynd House

Day 2Shrewsbury

Option 1 – Shrewsbury Town Trail

Distance: 3 miles (4.5km)

In summary: Explore the medieval and Georgian town of Shrewsbury captured in this trail of the town.

Highlight: There is plenty to discover and explore in Shrewsbury.

Option 2 – Haughmond Abbey to Shrewsbury

Distance: 4½ miles (7.5km)

Total ascent: 150 feet (50m)

In summary: This walks starts at Haughmond Abbey, where we walk through the countryside before picking up a path alongside the River Severn and into the centre of Shrewsbury. From here we then explore the medieval and Georgian town of Shrewsbury.

Highlight: Enjoy walking alongside the River Severn, part of Shropshire Way route and explore the fascinating town.

Option 3 – Haughmond Hill & Shrewsbruy

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Total ascent: 450 feet (140m)

In summary: This walks starts at Haughmond Abbey, from where we then walk through the woods in Haughmond Hill. Our walk then drops down to the valley and we  walk through the countryside before picking up a path alongside the River Severn and into the centre of Shrewsbury. From here we then explore the medieval and Georgian town of Shrewsbury.

Highlight: Enjoy lovely views of Shrewsbury and the River Severn.

(B, L, D)

Accommodation: Longmynd House

Day 3Craven Arms & Stokesay

Option 1 – Onibury to Craven Arms

Distance: 3½ miles (5.5km) 

Total ascent: 350 feet (100m) 

In summary: This walks leaves from Onibury and heads to the town of Craven Arms. The walk passes through pleasant field paths and woodland tracks before reaching the historic Stokesay Castle. From there it carries on to Craven Arms and to the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre.

Highlight: Stokesay Castle, the best preserved medieval manor house in England.

Option 2 – Three Woods and Stokesay Castle

Distance: 5 miles (8.5km)

Total ascent: 600 feet (180m)

In summary: This walk leaves from the village of Craven arms, taking in the surrounding Shropshire countryside and the river Onny. There is also chance to see Stokesay Castle before returning to allow time to explore the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre.

Highlight: Discover Stokesay Castle and the Shropshire Hills Discovery centre

Option 3 – Aston on Clun & Stokesay

Distance: 7½ miles (12km) 

Total ascent: 900 feet (280m) 

In summary: Walk from the village of Aston on Clun to Craven Arms. On the way we’ll discover the historic 13th Century church at Hopesay, soak up the views from Hopesay Hill, and visit Stokesay Castle. 

Highlight: Stokesay Castle is a real gem; a 13th Century fortifed manor house that was beseiged during the English Civil War.

(B, L, D)

Accommodation: Longmynd House

Day 4Free day

A free day for you to explore the local area or to relax in the Country House. Our Discovery Points help you make the most out of your free day. There’s plenty of maps and a selection of the best local walking routes, as well as weather forecasts and public transport options – plus details about other places to visit. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Longmynd House

Day 5Ironbridge

Option 1 – Little Wenlock to Ironbridge

Distance: 3½ miles (5.5km) 

Total ascent: 100 feet (40m) 

In summary: We meander through the Shropshire countryside before arriving in the Severn Gorge to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ironbridge. 

Highlight: There’s time to explore the quaint riverside town of Ironbridge.

Option 2 – Little Wenlock to Ironbridge via Coalbrookedale

Distance: 5 miles (8km) 

Total ascent: 350 feet (100m) 

In summary: Walking from Little Wenlock, we take in Coalbrookedale before dropping into the village of Ironbridge.

Highlight: There’s time to explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ironbridge.

Option 3 – Around the Wrekin to Ironbridge

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Ascent: 800 feet (240m)

In summary: Our walk takes us around the lower slopes of the iconic Wrekin, along tracks through the ancient Royal Hunting Forest, and through beautiful countryside, to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of The Ironbridge Gorge.

Highlight: The quirky shops, pubs and cafes, not forgetting the antique centre in a world-famous Teddy Bear Factory, in the beautiful riverside town of Ironbridge.

(B, L, D)

Accommodation: Longmynd House

Day 6Around Church Stretton and the Carding Mill

Option 1 – Cwmdale Spring & Carding Mill Valley

Distance: 4 miles (6.5km) 

Total ascent: 600 feet (180m) 

In summary: From Longmynd House we walk through Rectory fields, we pass Montgomery Waters spring, before then exploring the start of the famous Carding Mill Valley. We then walk through the town of Church Stretton, before making our walk back to Longmynd House. 

Highlight: A tea stop in the National Trust cafe in Carding Mill Valley. 

Option 2 – Cwmdale and Carding Mill Valley Reservoir Circuit

Distance: 5 miles (8km)

Total ascent: 1000 feet (300m)

In summary: This route takes in Cwmdale, heading to the edge of Nover’s Hill, before traversing around to the Carding Mill Valley and up to New Pool Reservoir. 

Highlight: The unusual pre-Cambrian fossils near New Pool Reservoir 

Option 3 – Below The Stretton Hills and The Carding Mill Valley

Distance: 8 miles (12.5km)

Total ascent: 1,400 feet (420m)

In summary: This walks contours round the Stretton hills of Hazler Hill and Hemleth Hill. Before then taking in the famous Carding Mill Valley and walking around the New Pool Reservoir.

Highlight: Stop for a tea break in the National Trust Carding Mill Valley.

(B, L, D)

Accommodation: Longmynd House

Day 7Ludlow

Option 1 – Bromfield to Ludlow

Distance: 3½ miles (5.5km) 

Total ascent: 300 feet (100m) 

In summary: From Bromfield we cross the Earl of Plymouth’s estate to join field and woodland paths to reach Ludlow Castle. A riverside walk along the ‘bread walk’ takes us into town. 

Highlight: The Ludlow town trail which takes in some of the best sites of this historic town.

Option 2 – Shropshire Way, Bromfield & Ludlow

Distance: 5½ miles (8.5km)

Total ascent: 400 feet (120m)

In summary: Starting from close to Bromfield, we follow a section of the Shropshire Way trail today as we explore the Shropshire countryside making our way to the town of Ludlow. We should finish with time to explore Ludlow.

Highlight: Time to explore Ludlow, described by John Betjeman as “probably the loveliest town in England”

Option 3 – Bromfield, The Mortimer Trail & Ludlow

Distance: 7½ miles (12km) 

Total ascent: 1,050 feet (320m) 

In summary: A longer exploration from Bromfield, we head into the lower areas of the Mortimer Forest, along the Mortimer Trail. Before looping around and heading into the town of Ludlow.

Highlight: Ludlow is one of England’s finest market towns with its array of black and white timbered buildings, overlooked by an impressive castle.

(B, L, D)

Accommodation: Longmynd House

Day 8Departure Day

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

Dates and Prices
Departure Dates Per person (single or twin) Single in a double room
2024: May 10 $2,560 $2,840
2024: August 16 Call to Enquire  Call to Enquire

Pricing

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

Supplement applied for single in a double room.

Rates include room upgrade (premium) and membership fees. 

Rates are in $ CAD.


Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or dhtour@dhtour.ca 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.

During your Walking with Sightseeing Tour you’ll have the opportunity to visit many fascinating places. The following is our provisional programme, and your leader may adjust it at their discretion, taking into account factors such as weather, local opening times, or other events. This holiday includes active sightseeing and you should expect to spend lots of time on your feet.

Most admissions to places of interest are not included. Please allow up to £10 per day for admissions to all the places of interest we will be visiting. The full adult price is given but there are usually good reductions for parties and seniors. If you are a member of the National Trust, English Heritage or similar, remember to bring your card for free admission to their properties. Please bring cash as card machines are not always available at all venues.

Sometimes things happen beyond our control – the weather, traffic jams or changes at the places we visit. If we need to adjust your holiday programme, for whatever reason, your leader will help smooth the way.

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: alanbrough207@btinternet.com
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 ‘Classic’ and ‘Premium’ 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.

Premium Rooms are more spacious en-suite guest rooms. Amenities include free Wi-Fi, tea and coffee-making facilities, toiletries (hand wash, shampoo, body lotion, shower gel), and a 32-inch TV. Extras include bathrobes, slippers, and comfortable mattresses.

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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