Shropshire Hills Walking with Sightseeing Tour 2025

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8 Days / 7 Nights
Availability : May 2 and August 15
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 National Landscape

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. £15 per day, per person 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 2Welshpool & Powis Castle

Distance: 4 miles (7km)

Total ascent: 350ft (100m)

Our day begins in the market down of Welshpool, where we start our walk by heading south along the restored Montgomery Canal. Part of the Shropshire Union canal system, it was built in stages at the end of the 18th century to link Mid-Wales to the rest of the canal network.

Upon reaching Belan Locks, we cross fields and follow tree-lined lanes to reach Powis Castle, seat of the Earl of Powis, where we’ll have time to explore the medieval building and the garden terraces below.

On our homeward journey we’ll stop at the Stiperstones to soak up the views of the surrounding countryside. There is also the option of enjoying a short stroll along the southern edge of the reserve. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Longmynd House

Day 3Much Wenlock and Ironbridge

 

Distance: 4.5 miles (7km)

Total ascent: 250ft (80m)

Distance covered is spread over two walks

Arriving in the Market town of Much Wenlock, birthplace of the modern Olympics, your walk leader will take you on a town tour where you’ll discover its notable historic attractions, including the Priory, where we’ll have time to explore.

After lunch we’ll travel to Ironbridge, named for its cast iron bridge built in 1779. We’ll visit Blists Hill Victorian Town, an open-air museum where we’ll experience the sights, sounds and smells of a Victorian Shropshire town in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Finally, we’ll walk along the River Severn for a visit to the bridge itself. (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 5Cwmdale and Carding Mill Valley reservoir circuit

Distance: 5 miles (8km)

Total ascent: 1,050ft (320m)

A walk direct from the doorstep of the house, this route allows us to learn some of the town’s interesting history as we make our way to Cwmdale, a short, dry valley with a spring at its base. We traverse around to the Carding Mill Valley, once marketed as “Little Switzerland”, and begin our ascent to New Pool Reservoir, a 12-million-gallon reservoir built in 1902 to support Church Stretton’s aspirations of growth as a fashionable spa town. We return to the house by Rectory Wood which was once described as the most relaxing location in England. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Longmynd House

Day 6Bromfield to Ludlow

Distance: 3.5 miles (5.5km)

Total ascent: 300ft (100m)

From the Saxon hamlet of Bromfield, we cross the Earl of Plymouth’s estate, following field and woodland paths to one of the finest medieval ruins in England, Ludlow Castle.

We’ll have time to explore the castle and learn about its colourful history, before continuing our journey with a riverside stroll along the ‘breadwalk’, so called because the men who landscaped it were paid in bread, into the heart of the market town. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Longmynd House

Day 7Haughmond Abbey to Shrewsbury

Distance: 4.5 miles (7.5km)

Total ascent: 200ft (60m)

We start today at the 12th century Haughmond Abbey, where we’ll have a chance to take in the remains of its abbot’s quarter, refectory and cloister situated on the wooded hillside.

Our walk takes us through countryside, passing alongside Haughmond Hill, a major recreational site for the people of Shrewsbury, and picking up a path by the River Severn into the town centre. Once in Shrewsbury you will have time to explore some of its many visitor attractions, including Shrewsbury Abbey, Castle and Prison (now decommissioned). (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
2025: May 2 $2,630 $2,910
2025: August 15 $2,930 $3,210

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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