On our doorstep
Here in Church Stretton we are surrounded by a wealth of enjoyable things to do and places to discover during your stay with us.
A 10 minute walk takes you to the centre of Church Stretton where you can sample the array of shops, tea-rooms and good pubs. Thursday finds the Farmers Market in the town square – for an extra selection of home produced delicacies.
The Recreational Park is home to slides and swings for the children plus tennis, bowls and croquet is open for all to enjoy.
Rail and bus links are within 3/4 mile of the house – if you wish to explore further a field without taking the car.
Church Stretton hosts many attractions and activities, foremost the Shropshire Hills allow wonderful walking and rambling – they are accessible to all whether you are on foot, cycle, car or even hop on and off the local Shuttle Bus which tours the Longmynd Hills.
Ferndale sits at the foot of the Ragleth Hill so you can enjoy wonderful walks and spectacular views right from the door step.
The Longmynd, Caer Caradoc and the Lawley hills are all close by. Explore them yourself or guided walks are offered throughout the year. The Shropshire Way covers 136 miles of truly scenic parts of the Shropshire Hills. A short drive takes you to the Wenlock Edge or the Stiperstones for more picture postcard views.
For the more ambitious we are home to the 50 mile Longmynd Hike held in early October – sign up if you dare!
Many more activities are easy to find in the Shropshire Hills –
A network of paths and bridle-ways makes it easy to explore the area by bike – be rewarded by spectacular views. Mountain bikes or electric bikes can be hired so all abilities can take part.
We are home to one of the highest golf courses in the country and the Midland Gliding Club is one of the oldest – watch the gliders or take part soaring some of the best thermal currents in the country.
Hang-gliding and para-gliding can also be experienced. You can even give archery a try.
The beautiful Carding-Mill-Valley is managed by the National Trust. Perfect for the kids (and adults) to enjoy a day paddling in the stream, making dams, enjoying an ice-cream or a cream cake from the Chalet Pavilion tea-room. During the winter you can delight in sledging down the snow covered hillside.
Further a field
For those who want more than a relaxing break you will never be at a loose end at Ferndale.
5 miles from the house is the Acton Scott Working Farm – a host of animals, rural crafts and demonstrations ensures a great day out for all the family.
12 miles from the house you will arrive at the county town of Shrewsbury where you can enjoy boat trips on the River Severn, visit the Castle and Cathedral, relax in the Quarry and Dingle gardens and in an evening take in a show at the new Theatre Severn.
Also 12 miles from the house found in the Gorge of the Coalbrookdale is home to the worlds first Ironbridge – a World Heritage Site and known as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution.
There are 10 award winning museums spanning the length of the Gorge including Blists Hill Victorian Town – spend a day in Victorian England, the Coalport china museum and the Jackfield tile museum.
15 miles from the house is the bustling market town of Ludlow renowned to be the gastronomic gem of Shropshire. Visit the historic Castle and take a circular walk of the medieval town walls. Home to the Ludlow Racecourse, Ludlow Brewery and Ludlow Golf Club. Six days a week a market is held in the Castle Square, or visit the Ludlow Food Centre for local produced food.
19 miles from the house is another market town – that of Bridgnorth. Here you will find the Severn Valley Railway – 16 miles of spectacular countryside to enjoy on this famous steam railway – guaranteed to take you back in time for a nostalgic day out. Try the funicular railway which links the High and Low towns of Bridgnorth.
These are just a few of the highlights of Shropshire.
There is so much to choose from.