For a relaxing walking break Church Stretton, in the heart of Shropshire’s finest walking country, has an idylic location.
With the Long Mynd ridge to the west and the Stretton Hills and Caer Caradoc to the east, Church Stretton’s picturesque setting in a narrow valley in the South Shropshire hills earned it the name of “Little Switzerland”.
Just stand on any of the hilltops that surround Church Stretton and admire the view – the rocky Stiperstones, the plateau of the Long Mynd, the craggy volcanic Stretton Hills and Wrekin and the long wooded scarp of Wenlock Edge, much-loved by AE Houseman, all have their own distinctive beauty.
Over 4,500 acres of heath and moorland on the Long Mynd are in the protection of the National Trust The hilltops are home to wild ponies, upland birds such as curlew, red grouse and merlin, and you will never be far away from a buzzard circling overhead. Keep your eyes peeled and you will probably see red kite as well.
Back in town visit the thriving antiques’ centre. Browse a wide variety of independent shops or stalls at the twice-weekly market. It has a long history as a country market town, being granted a market charter by King John in 1214, and markets are still held here. You’ll also find good country pubs serving great food and ale in the surrounding picturesque.
Length of Walks: Daily distance approximately 12mls.
Start: Church Stretton
Finish: Church Stretton
Grade: Mostly moderate sections with some easy sections.
|Shropshire Hills (based on two sharing)|
|CSB 1||2 Night Walking Break. 2 nights / 2 walking days||£190 pp|
|CSB 2||3 Night Walking Break. 3 nights / 2 walking days||£235 pp|
|CSB 3||4 Night Walking Break. 4 nights / 3 walking days||£299 pp|
|Single person supplement £25 per night|
4 Star High Standard Bed and Breakfast.
Your accommodation in 4 Star bed & breakfast, maps and route descriptions, transfers on the walk where required. Dinner can be booked at nearby Inns in Church Stretton
Getting there couldn’t be easier. There are regular rail services to Church Stretton from London Paddington with 1 change at Newport (Gwent) or Manchester Piccadilly from the north with 1 change at Crewe.
If coming by car parking is available at your accommodation.