Have you been walking in Shropshire yet? The county is one of the least crowded and most picturesque areas in the whole of the UK, boasting a beautiful, varied landscape. Shropshire’s idyllic countryside is ready and waiting to be explored…
There are many wonderful walking trails throughout Shropshire; whether you’re looking for a steady stroll or an energetic hike, there’s something to suit all ages and abilities. Many of these spectacular walks can be started from our luxury lodges – step out the front door and let the fun begin!
Shropshire is one of England’s most sparsely populated counties, transitioning between pastoral British plains and rugged Welsh valleys. From picturesque rolling wildflower meadows and meandering rivers to charming woodlands and rocky hilltops blanketed in heather, the county’s landscape is extremely diverse.
Shropshire hikes are some of the UK’s best kept secrets. Enjoy a short stroll through deep, crisp valleys, or challenge yourself to an energetic hike to reach towering summits. To the north of the county lies the Shropshire plains, an ancient agricultural land with numerous nature reserves; and to the south sits the Shropshire Hills, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Step out of our lodges and embark upon a wonderful walk to Stapeley Common. This saddleback shaped hill lies in the South West corner of the county, comprising of unspoilt common land and a bridleway leading to the historic Mitchell’s Fold Stone Circle. The structure once consisted of 30 stones, but now just 15 remain. This fascinating Bronze Aged landscape makes for the most remarkable ramble, boasting panoramic views to the southern Corndon Hill, western Welsh mountains and eastern Stiperstones ridge.
Click here to view our recommended walking map of Stapeley Common.
Just 45 minutes’ drive from our self-catering accommodation lies the Redwood Grove in Leighton: one of the most famous and significant collections of trees in British history. The cathedral-like structure of towering coasts redwoods makes for fantastic viewing, dating back as far as 1857. Charles Ackers purchased the Leighton Estate in 1931 and was so impressed by the magnificent redwoods that he planted even more! Explore diverse woodland and admire the abundance of flora and fauna during a gentle stroll around the estate.
Click here to view our recommended walking map of Redwood Grove.
Offa’s Dyke is a large linear earthwork that traces the shape of the English/Welsh border, which began construction in around 785AD in response to events surrounding the Princes of Powys. Venture through picturesque parkland followed by farmland pathways on this circular ramble, with one section running alongside Offa’s Dyke National Trail, and admire the stunning views of the border county’s luscious landscape.
Click here to view our recommended walking map of Montgomery via Offa’s Dyke.
There are a plethora of walking footpaths and trails in the Shropshire Hills that pass through the renowned Carding Mill Valley. Marvel upon the rolling green terrain of Long Mynd (meaning “long mountain”), explore the cosy village of Church Stretton, or admire the impressive Lightspout Waterfall – the possibilities are truly endless! The valley is teeming with fascinating wildlife, offering far-reaching views across the spectacular Shropshire Hills.
Click here to view our recommended walking map of Carding Mill Valley.
Discover the rocky, jagged tors of the Stiperstones – a distinctive, monumental landmark which can be seen for miles. This area of ragged, spectacular landscape is steeped in myth and legend, with traditional tales ranging from witching drinking with the Devil at Devil’s Chair, a ridge haunted by Bronze Aged burial victims and the ghost of Saxon Wild Edric which freely roams the hills. The stunning Stiperstones ridge showcases spectacular views to Long Mynd in the South East and Snowdonia in the North West.
Click here to view our recommended walking map of Stiperstones.
Our two beautiful lodges are set on our family farm in the Shropshire Hills, providing a plethora of opportunities for exploring the lovely landscapes of Shropshire and beyond. So, why not consider a walking holiday in Shropshire this summer?!
Spaces are filling up fast for the summer season, but we still have some availability for breaks within school term time. Book now to avoid disappointment!