Shropshire Hills2018-04-18T09:46:57+01:00

Pretty. Tasty. Healthy.

In addition to being renowned for its farming heritage and producing the best lamb in the United Kingdom, Shropshire is also famous for its striking scenery and breathtaking landscapes that have captured the hearts and imaginations of multiple generations.

Shropshire Hills accounts for a quarter of the county of Shropshire and is officially recognised as an AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.

There’s plenty for visitors to see, eat, do and enjoy during your visit to this glorious county!

WHAT’S ON OFFER?

The starting point is a visit to Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre (www.shropshirehillsdiscoverycentre.co.uk). Here you can learn about the history and beauty of the landscape as well as literally tasting the view at the gorgeous onsite cafe crammed full of tasteful delights from the local area. Walking and cycling routes make for a healthy, active and enjoyable day out

Shropshire has a rich heritage and is home to a long list of architectural landmarks that make for a day out that’s both enjoyable and educational as you gain an insight into the lives of this great county’s ancestry.

There are a number of locations that are protected English Heritage sites, including medieval manor houses (Stokesay Castle) and historic ruins of castles and churches dating back as far and the 12th and 13th centuries (Clun Castle, Wenlock Priory Hopton Castle.)

There are plenty of other activities in the area for families, couples and larger groups alike, including hill-walking, cycling, horse-riding, air sports, archery, canoeing, geocaching, golf and, for those brave enough to take a plunge in cold waters, wild swimming offers a refreshing – albeit it abrupt – awakening.

You’ll also find popular attractions such as Snailbeach Lead Mine and an abundance of wildlife reserves nearby.

There are hundreds of scenic footpaths and cycling routes too that allow you to ease yourself into a state of peacefulness and tranquillity as you breathe in the fresh country air. Carding Mill Valley is a particular favourite with visitors thanks to its towering hills that loom over a long, winding passage that runs through the greenery of the Shropshire countryside.

To learn more about Shropshire Hills AONB, its history, and local attractions, please visit, www.shropshirehillsaonb.co.uk.

Shropshire Tourism: www.shropshiretourism.co.uk
Shropshire Food & Drink: www.shropshirefoodanddrink.co.uk
Buy-from Shropshire: Connecting consumers to those making great products in the county www.buy-fromshropshire.com

Shropshire What’s On: www.shropshiretourism.co.uk/whats-on.html
Shropshire Events Guide: www.shropshire-events-guide.co.uk

Festivals & Events
Ludlow Food Festival, www.foodfestival.co.uk
Shrewsbury Food Festival, www.shrewsburyfoodfestival.co.uk
Burwarton livestock show, www.burwartonshow.co.uk
Open Farm Sunday, farmsunday.org/

Farm Shops
Ludlow Food Centre, www.ludlowfoodcentre.co.uk [online shop available] Brook House Farm, signposted on 49 north of Lebotwood, Church Stretton
Churncote Farm Shop, Shrewsbury, http://churncote.co.uk/
Shropshire’s Own Fresh Local Produce, Shrewsbury, www.shropshiresown.co.uk [online shop available]

Craven Arms
Shropshire Hills Discovery Hills Centre, www.shropshirehillsdiscoverycentre.co.uk
Stokesay Castle, English Heritage, www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/stokesay-castle
Acton Scott Working Farm, actonscott.com

Ludlow
Ludlow Markets, www.ludlowmarket.co.uk

Church Stretton
Shops & cafes, www.churchstretton.co.uk

Shrewsbury
Shops, www.shrewsburyguide.info

Churchstoke (near Montgomery, beautiful drive from Craven Arms)
Dairy dreams, Ice Cream Farm, www.dairydreams.co.uk

Craven Arms
Shropshire Hills Discovery Hills Centre, www.shropshirehillsdiscoverycentre.co.uk
Stokesay Castle, English Heritage, www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/stokesay-castle
Acton Scott Working Farm, actonscott.com
Craven Arms Islamic Centre, www.cravenarmsic.org

Ludlow
Ludlow Food Centre complex, www.ludlowfoodcentre.co.uk
Ludlow Castle, www.ludlowcastle.com
Ludlow Markets, www.ludlowmarket.co.uk
Ludlow Green Cafe, Play area for kids by river, thegreencafe.co.uk
Mortimer Forest, Forestry Commission, www.forestry.gov.uk/forestry/englandherefordshirethemarchesmortimerforest
Ludlow Assembly Rooms, ludlowassemblyrooms.co.uk

Church Stretton
Carding Mill Valley and Long Mynd, National Trust, www.nationaltrust.org.uk/carding-mill-valley-and-the-long-mynd
Shops & cafes, www.churchstretton.co.uk
Archery, www.longmyndarchers.co.uk
Longmynd Gliding Club, www.midlandgliding.club

Shrewsbury
Quarry, river, play area, flower area, www.visitshrewsbury.co.uk/shrewsbury-town/quarry-park.html
Shops, www.shrewsburyguide.info
Theatre, www.theatresevern.co.uk
Shrewsbury Muslim Centre, www.shrewsburymuslimcentre.org

Knighton
The Spaceguard Centre, www.spaceguarduk.com, learn about moon and space in this astronomical observatory featuring telescopes, mini-dome representation of night sky, moving model of solar system showing planets in orbit around the sun and meteorites amongst other things! Great place to visit to understand the Islamic and astronomical basis of the new moon ushering in the lunar month.

Churchstoke (near Montgomery, beautiful drive from Craven Arms)
Dairy dreams, Ice Cream Farm, www.dairydreams.co.uk
Churchstoke County Park (FREE), See animals, beautiful scenary and childrens playground, located behind Harry Tuffins supermarket www.facebook.com/pg/ChurchstokeCountryParkAndSundayMarket/about/?ref=page_internal

Other activities
Walcot Stables, Horse-riding in Shropshire Hills, www.walcotstables.co.uk
Stiperstones, Family exploring, www.getoutwiththekids.co.uk/daysout/days-out-england/days-out-in-shropshire/stiperstones

Craven Arms
Shropshire Hills Discovery Hills Centre cafe, www.shropshirehillsdiscoverycentre.co.uk
Razas Pizza & Indian food: www.razas.org.uk,

Ludlow
Ludlow Kebab House, Turkish kebab takeaway: www.facebook.com/pages/Ludlow-Kebab-House/183751681674131
Ludlow Food Centre, Passionate about local food: www.ludlowfoodcentre.co.uk
Golden Moments, Indian cuisine: www.goldenmomentsofludlow.co.uk

Church Stretton
Jaipur, Indian cuisine: www.jaipurlounge.com

Shrewsbury
Brooklyn Craft, Gourmet American burgers, fries & shakes: brooklyncraft.co.uk/

Tea Rooms
Rocke Cottage Tea Rooms, Craven Arms, www.afternoontea.co.uk/uk/west-midlands/shropshire/rocke-cottage-tea-rooms
Ludlow Castle Tea Room, Ludlow, www.ludlowcastle.com/tea_room
Copper Kettle Tearooms, Lebotwood, Church Stretton, www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g315989-d2149548-Reviews-The_Copper_Kettle_Tearooms-Church_Stretton_Shropshire_England.html

Craven Arms
Stokesay Inn (pub onsite): www.stokesayinn.co.uk
Caste View B&B, 10 mins walk to Discovery Hills centre, near Stokesay Castle, www.castleviewstokesay.co.uk
Woodville B&B, 10 mins walk: www.woodvillebedandbreakfast.co.uk
Affcot Lodge, www.affcot-lodge.co.uk

Ludlow Food Centre (food & play complex)
Clive Restaurant with Rooms, www.theclive.co.uk

Ludlow
The Feathers Hotel, traditional rooms in a Jacobean building, (pub onsite) www.feathersatludlow.co.uk
Ludlow Travel lodge, www.travelodge.co.uk/hotels/332/Ludlow-hotel
Cynham Camp Cottage. luxury 2-bed self catering cottage: www.caynhamcampcottage.com

Church Stretton
Longmynd House, relaxed hotel with free meals & pool (outdoor heated during Summer only), great for walking & activity holidays, www.hfholidays.co.uk/country-houses/church-stretton

Cottages
Large, value-for-money cottages, www.halfordholidayhomes.co.uk
Upper Onibury cottages, www.shropshirecottages.com
Luxury cottages, www.highgrovebarns.co.uk
www.sykescottages.co.uk/cottage/Shropshire-Strefford/The-Gallery-923765.html

Glamping
Shropshire Hills Glamping, hot-tubs available: www.shropshirehillsglamping.co.uk

Children’s Play Areas
Cravern Arms, Playing area behind Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre
Craven Arms, Playing field next to CASCA Community Centre
Craven Arms, Micky Millers Play Barn [fee required] Ludlow, Playground next to river and Green Cafe, bottom of castle
Church Stretton, at cross-roads on A49

Craven Arms
Shropshire Hills Discovery Hills Centre, www.shropshirehillsdiscoverycentre.co.uk
Acton Scott Working Farm, actonscott.com
Mickey Millers Playbarn, indoor fun for kids on rainy day, mickeymillersfamilyplaybarn.wordpress.com

Ludlow
Ludlow Green Cafe, Play area for kids by river, thegreencafe.co.uk
Mortimer Forest, Forestry Commission, www.forestry.gov.uk/forestry/englandherefordshirethemarchesmortimerforest

Church Stretton
Carding Mill Valley and Long Mynd, National Trust, www.nationaltrust.org.uk/carding-mill-valley-and-the-long-mynd
Archery, www.longmyndarchers.co.uk
Longmynd Gliding Club, www.midlandgliding.club

Shrewsbury
Quarry, river, play area, flower area, www.visitshrewsbury.co.uk/shrewsbury-town/quarry-park.html

Knighton
The Spaceguard Centre, www.spaceguarduk.com, learn about moon and space in this astronomical observatory featuring telescopes, mini-dome representation of night sky, moving model of solar system showing planets in orbit around the sun and meteorites amongst other things! Great place to visit to understand the Islamic and astronomical basis of the new moon ushering in the lunar month.

Churchstoke (near Montgomery, beautiful drive from Craven Arms)
Dairy dreams, Ice Cream Farm, www.dairydreams.co.uk
Churchstoke County Park (FREE), See animals, beautiful scenary and childrens playground, located behind Harry Tuffins supermarket www.facebook.com/pg/ChurchstokeCountryParkAndSundayMarket/about/?ref=page_internal

Other activities
Walcot Stables, Horse-riding in Shropshire Hills, www.walcotstables.co.uk
Stiperstones, Family exploring, www.getoutwiththekids.co.uk/daysout/days-out-england/days-out-in-shropshire/stiperstones