Church Stretton, Shropshire
Accommodation in Church Stretton - stay and walk awhile
Church Stretton Walking Festival
June, for further details, please ring Alan Garner on 01694 723600
The are many circular walks of varying length from Church Stretton. See the leaflet "Walking in Strettons", available from the TIC.
The Long Mynd Hike
A 50 mile competitive walk, held every October - www.longmyndhike.org.uk
The Church Stretton and South Shropshire Arts Festival
Last week of July and first week of August - www.strettonfestival.org.uk
Which include a Festival of Guided Walks and the Church Stretton Summer Garden Show.
Just as Ludlow is the gastronomic capital of Shropshire, Church Stretton is the walking capital of the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. In 2008 Church Stretton became the first 'Walkers are Welcome town in Shropshire and it has led the way for Cleobury Mortimer and Bishop's Castle in Shropshire to follow suit.
Church Stretton has traditional tea rooms, restaurants, pubs and inns, as well as a host of independent shops. Discover the unique four storey antiques emporium and the Church Stretton Town Trail. There are Shuttle Buses in the summer as well as both bridleways and footpaths directly from the town so that you can explore the Shropshire Hills.
Walk to the top of Ragleth Hill and see 360 degree views of the Long Mynd, Caer Caradoc, the Lawley, Wenlock Edge and the Clee Hills. Carding Mill Valley in Church Stretton has paths for walking, cycling and horse riding and stunning views of the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Welsh hills.
The ancient Long Mynd lies to the West of Church Stretton (you'll see the Longmynd Hotel perched aside it). Indeed Church Stretton's hotels, Church Stretton B&Bs and Church Stretton self-catering cottages are a big part of the town and the Shropshire Hills landscape. You can even drive to the top of the Longmynd to take in the views if you dont fancy the walk! However you make it to the top, Longmynd shares the view with wild horses, buzzards, skylarks and sheep.
Just south of Church Stretton is Acton Scott Historic Working Farm, a must-see attraction on your stay in Church Stretton and the Shropshire Hills. Acton Scott offers a fascinating insight into rural life at the turn of the 19th century, as farm life unfolds. The Acton Scott estate was chosen as the primary film location for BBC2s hugely popular 'Victorian Farm and 'Victorian Farm Christmas'.
Church Stretton Visitor Information
Visitor Information Centre - Located next to the Library in Church Street. Open all year.
Tel: 01694 723133
Market Days - Thursdays, alternate Fridays and Saturdays. A Local Product and Crafts market, is held on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month.
More Church Stretton information on - www.churchstretton.co.uk
Shropshire Hills Shuttle Bus - a green and easy way to access the countryside - www.shropshirehillsshuttles.co.uk
Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural beauty - http://www.shropshirehillsaonb.co.uk
For more information about Shropshire, including Accommodation, Atrractions and Activities, visit Shropshire Tourism