The Longmynd occupies a wonderful elevated site, with superb views across the valley. Superb walks on the Long Mynd start right on the doorstep. With numerous attractions, and an excellent variety of walks available, this is a great base from which to enjoy the Shropshire countryside.
The attractive small town of Church Stretton is around 10 minutes’ walk away. 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.
We have an extensive selection of maps, guidebooks, and walk directions for our guests to borrow. We also have a well-equipped boot and drying room.
The grounds of the Longmynd contain a woodland walk and sculpture trail – see map HERE.
Superb walks on the Long Mynd hill start right on the doorstep. On the opposite side of the valley the hills of Caer Caradoc and Ragleth Hill also offer excellent opportunities to explore on foot. Church Stretton has developed an excellent infrastructure for walkers with many waymarked trails. You’ll find a selection of local walk maps and directions to download HERE.
The Long Mynd is a top quality destination for mountain biking with miles of off-road routes to enjoy. Details of suggested routes and local bike here are available at: www.mtb-shropshire.co.uk
The quiet roads of Shropshire provide miles of quiet country roads for cycle touring. Shropshire Country Council publish an excellent free leaflet of ‘Church Stretton Cycle Rides’. This describes four different rides, using quiet lanes and bridleways to the south, north and west of the town – available to download HERE
Easily reached by car or by train, Ludlow is a particularly attractive market town. The historic centre retains many of its medieval buildings. In recent years the town has developed into something of a gastronomic centre, being home to celebrated Michellin-starred restaurants and many acclaimed local food producers. www.ludlow.org.uk
Also easily reached by train, Shrewsbury is the county town of Shropshire. The town centre is particularly beautiful featuring many black and white timber houses dating from the 15th and 16th century. www.visitshrewsbury.com
The small town of Much Wenlock is particularly attractive with many black and white timbered houses. In 1850 local doctor William Penny Brookes founded the ‘Wenlock Olympian Games’ which later inspired the international Olympic movement. The Olympian Trail around the town tells this fascinating history. www.muchwenlockguide.info
Places of Interest
Secret Hills Discovery Centre
Located at Craven Arms, this visitors centre is a good introduction to the Shropshire Hills. Discover the history of the area and see a film of the region filmed from a hot-air balloon.
Acton Scott Working Farm
Situated just outside 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’. www.actonscott.com
A little further afield 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 Coulport China Museum and the excellent Blists Hill Victorian town. www.ironbridge.org.uk
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 it name suggests the line follows the rural valley of the River Severn from Bridgnorth to Kidderminster. www.svr.co.uk
Welshpool and Llanfair Railway
The journey from Llanfair Caereinion to Welshpool passes through undulating countryside. Many of the locomotives and coaches have come from overseas, including Austria and Sierra Leone, giving the line an unusual and interesting atmosphere. www.wllr.org.uk
A grand 18th century house surrounded by an extensive deer park, located 4 miles south-east of Shrewsbury. Now managed by the National Trust you can visit the ornate rooms and explore the walled garden and grounds. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/attingham-park
Further north is Chirk Castle, 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. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/chirk-castle
Situated to the south of Craven Arms, Stokesay Castle is a particularly impressive fortified manor house which dates from the late 13th Century. www.english-heritage.org.uk
Located just outside Welshpool this grand house has lavish interiors and world-famous gardens laid out under the influence of Italian and French styles. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/powis-castle