The Local Area
Shropshire Hills- a stairway to heaven!
The beauty of the Shropshire Hills has inspired many an artist or poet, most notably A.E. Houseman who wrote about the “blue remembered hills” in his collection of poems ‘A Shropshire Lad’.
But whether you want to paint pictures, hillwalk, cycle or hang glide over the Long Mynd, there’s plenty to do in the Church Stretton area!
The Shropshire Hills have been designated an AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) and offer a wonderful escape from the pressures of everyday life. Exchange your daily commute and work deadlines for sheer enjoyment amid heavenly scenery!
You’ll find rolling hills, wide open spaces, working farms, woodland and tranquil river valleys, all teeming with wildlife and rich in heritage.
The Shropshire Hills AONB includes the rocky Stiperstones and Wrekin, Wenlock Edge and the Clee Hills, and of course, we have the Stretton Hills and the Long Mynd right on our doorstep.
Caer Caradoc is one of the tallest Stretton hills- at 1,506 feet it creates a dramatic skyline and is clearly visible from Mynd House. If you’re fairly fit, you can walk to Caer Caradoc and enjoy amazing views of Church Stretton and the Long Mynd from its summit.
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Towns in and around the Shropshire Hills
Nestling between the Long Mynd and the Stretton Hills, Church Stretton lies within the AONB, along with Clun, another small, picturesque town in the river valley which bears its name. Travelling just outside the AONB, you’ll find fine architecture and gourmet food in Ludlow, which hosts an annual food festival.
We’re only a few miles from Much Wenlock, the birthplace of the modern Olympics movement, and Shrewsbury, a delightful market town boasting many independent shops, as well as Ironbridge, a world-famous centre for industrial heritage.
What to do in the Shropshire Hills
Below are some of the many activities you can enjoy in the Shropshire Hills:
Whether you’re a super-fit hill walker or a bit less able, there is walking terrain to suit all abilities on our doorstep. You might want to take off with a map and backpack for the whole day, planning your own route, or alternatively follow an organised walk, following the signs to the nearest tea shop!
You’ll find a friendly welcome from the locals as you explore the rich heritage of this borderland with its historic hill forts and castles. To find out more about walking in the Shropshire Hills, visit National Trust Website or Shropshire AONB website
The Shropshire AONB is horse-friendly territory and the county as a whole has over 600 miles of byways and bridleways, so if you like horse riding you’ll be in the right place! There are dozens of circular routes on the Long Mynd. And if you like a day at the races, Ludlow’s race course is only a 20-minute drive away.
With easy rides around the fringes of the hills, and great opportunities for mountain biking on top-quality trails, you’ll find pedal power an excellent mode of transport. Quiet valleys and exhilarating hilltops offer amazing views, with lots of pubs and tearooms in the area when you need an energy boost! You can search a directory of cycle routes at shropshiresgreatoutdoors.co.uk.
Want an easy ride? Hire an electric bike! Mynd House guests receive a 10% discount from the Shropshire Hills Mountain Bike and Outdoor Pursuit Centre when hiring a bike (please mention Mynd House when booking).
On the top of the Long Mynd, there are opportunities to glide, paraglide, or take a hot air balloon ride in the UK’s best thermals. If you’d rather keep your feet on the ground, try flying a kite instead!
Fancy an easier climb to the summit? The Shropshire Hills shuttle bus runs between April and September. Catch the bus to the top of the Long Mynd and then enjoy an easy downhill walk into the Cardingmill Valley, where there’s a stream to paddle in and refreshments at the National Trust Chalet Pavilion café.
Archery, golf, fishing, fairs, festivals, arts and crafts- you name it- a wide range of activities happen in and around the Shropshire Hills. You’ll find lots of places to browse and opportunities for retail therapy in small independent shops. You won’t be bored for a moment among Houseman’s ‘blue remembered hills’.